Stephon Tuitt Credits Tyson Alualu With Teaching Him A Few Things

He may be pretty new to the team, but veteran defensive lineman Tyson Alualu is certainly not new to the game of football, and in his first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers after spending the previous seven with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he has already had his impact in helping the team grow.

As we talked about yesterday, Sunday’s injury scare for Stephon Tuitt was somewhat of a cold reminder of how significant the addition of Alualu was this offseason, in order to avoid a repeat of what happened last season when the Steelers were missing key pieces of their defensive line.

Tuitt left the season opener after just two snaps when he injured his arm, and Alualu had to play the rest of the way. The fourth-year defensive end even noted during his WDVE radio spot yesterday that he played more than Cameron Heyward in the opener, registering five tackles to boot.

And he also talked about his impact in the room, in bringing in another player with a high pedigree along himself and Heyward, as well as second-year Javon Hargrave at defensive tackle, who already got himself his first sack of the season on Sunday.

“He’s a veteran player. He’s a first-round draft pick out of Cal”, Tuitt said of Alualu. He called him “very aggressive”, describing him as a “great player” who possesses “great quickness about him too. To have a guy like that”, he pontificated as his voice trailed off.

But he also talked about how Alualu has helped his own game on a direct level. As I mentioned at the top of this article, he is no neophyte, and has been around the league for seven years. While he was only with one team, he has seen coordinators—even head coaches, owners—come and go, and has played in different schemes.

“He also taught me stuff when he came in”, Tuitt said. “Of course Jacksonville ran a little different type of defense than we’ve run, but he was absolutely very informative with some of the things and techniques that he learned, especially from a pass-rushing standpoint”.

Over the course of the past two seasons, the former second-round draft pick has recorded 10 and a half sacks over 28 games to go along with two forced fumbles, four passes defensed, an interception, and 91 tackles.

On his two plays on Sunday, he applied pressure to the quarterback on first down for a hurry, and then made a tackle for a nine-yard loss. Not bad for about a minute’s worth of work. But Alualu held his own in Tuitt’s absence.

The man who just signed a five-year contract extension is hoping to get back out on the field as soon as possible in an attempt to have his best season yet. He knows he left plays on the field a year ago and has worked hard to better himself in the offseason. Learning from his new teammate was but a small part of his growth.

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  • dhorst88

    I am excited to see this defense in mid-season form. The past 2 years (maybe more), they have struggled to find their groove for a month or two and then they blossom. With 2 high-caliber cb’s, a d-line with actual depth, and what looks like an actual, consistent pass-rush, this just might be the year our defense writes a new chapter in the book of great Steelers defenses.

    I say all that to say, I am still holding my breath, that was just the Browns.

  • Conserv_58

    I listened to that interview and was glad to hear from the horse’s mouth where he’s at in his rehab. To say it was great to hear that Stephon’s injury is minor compared to what it was first reported it might be was great news. I liked when the interviewer relayed the story of when he said to coach Butler this is great for Stephon and coach Butler said, “This is great for me.”

    Maybe, just maybe, the Steelers are finally on the other side of the injury news. Too many years have gone by where they’ve lost key players to long term and season ending injuries.

  • dhorst88

    Let the pats enjoy the bug for once…

  • Conserv_58

    The best part of this year’s defense is seeing they have a pass rush and they finally invested considerable time and effort on improving their weak CB and safety positions.

  • Conserv_58

    They certainly have enjoyed not seeing any of their key players go out with long term injuries for a long time.

  • Al Webber

    Gronk was missing most of last year (including all the playoffs).

    By the playoffs, every team will be missing players through injury. To build a championship side you need to have enough depth to overcome that.

  • 太阳三联

    Browns have a legit line. The browns may be the browns but our front seven dominated a good line imo.

  • David Shoff

    learning some pass rush technique from alualu? I always thought our coaches were a little deficient in teaching pass rush technique.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Further darkening the mark I made – on the Colbert signing scratchpad – on the ‘Well Done’ side for this addition.

  • SteelCityDefense

    I see Alualu as a Chris Hoke/Brett Keisel type player. Just a hard hat wearing guy who comes in, works hard, and matches or bests expectations. Colbert certainly earned that check this offseason

  • francesco

    Next to acquiring Haden i would say acquiring Alualu is a close second.

  • NickSteelerFan

    Exactly! What’s great is I think we have two of those with Alualu and LT Walton as well. Great depth to have

  • Guest12

    I don’t see why everyone is so upset about the play calling in the first half. Clearly they were putting Bell on the field and then running screen plays instead of running plays for a reason. It’s part of Bell’s punishment, nothing worse than being on the field and hardly touching the ball.

  • Guest12

    Agreed. The Browns added some nice pieces to the O-line in the offseason. Still not a top tier O-line but they have some studs and we man handled them all game long

  • Michael Conrad

    I think people need to read a little key into what Tuitt said about Tyson. Tuitt said he taught me things he learned in Jacksonville . Techniques to rush the passer.

    While the steeler coaches are good sometimes you need to go out and replace coaches to get better ideas and have the players taught different techniques.

  • Steve

    Depth at evey position is the key to a good team. Also with Alualu, Hargrave, Tuitt and Heyward they can give each other breathers, so that they don’t run out of gas. Especially when the D is on the field for any length of time.