In order to find a way to turn things around for the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Mike Tomlin has made many changes to the starting lineup. Some of these changes includes going back to what he originally planned. Going into Week 9, Tomlin announced that outside linebacker Jason Worilds will be back in the starting lineup after getting supplanted by rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones six games ago.
Tomlin simply stated his reasoning for replacing Jones on Tuesday.
“He’s just not doing enough detailed work right now, and really Jason Worilds is,” said Tomlin.
Jones started four games this season, but was sidelined with a concussion suffered in Week 6 versus the New York Jets. The first-round draft pick’s impact hasn’t been as effective as most expected. Jones has a total of only 19 tackles on the season, and has yet to record his first NFL sack.
As for Worilds, he has the same amount of tackles that Jones has, and has accumulated that total with fewer snaps. Worilds has one sack, as well.
Will this change help the Steelers defense? That remains to be seen. It could, however, light a fire under both Jones and Worilds. For Jones, this just could be the wakeup call he needs in order to produce the way that he did last year when he led the nation in sacks at the University of Georgia.
This second opportunity for Worilds couldn’t have come at a better time. The four-year veteran is currently in the final year of his contract, and desperately needs to prove to Pittsburgh and the rest of the league that he’s worthy of a big payday once free agency rolls around.
The Steelers are tied for the second-fewest sacks in the league with 10, half of which are by linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The right side of Pittsburgh’s pass rush hasn’t seen such a drought in years. Hopefully, Worilds’ return to the starting lineup will help complement Woodley in pressuring the quarterback, and the overall defense of the Steelers for the remainder of the season.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+.