When Joey Porter was an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there weren’t many who could strike fear in an opponent like the player who wore No. 55 for the black and gold. Even after his career took him away from Pittsburgh, Porter has always been considered a Steeler for life. The organization agreed as he was named to the Steelers 75th Anniversary along with some of the great linebackers in Steelers history.
Porter ended his career and wasn’t heard from until he officially retired as a Steeler in Latrobe, Pa. during training camp. It was then that the bug of coaching began to take form. After a season as an assistant at his alma mater, Colorado State, Porter was officially brought on as an assistant defensive coach for the Steelers.
If there is one thing that Porter knows, it is defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau‘s system, how to work hard, and most importantly, how to have that swagger that can lead to success in the NFL.
Steelers fans are all curious as to what the team’s plans are with their former Pro Bowl linebacker as a coach. The answer is simple: To give the defense a coach who didn’t just play the game but played on the biggest stage and succeeded. Porter will likely be able to take a player like Jarvis Jones and help turn him into a difference maker on a defense that desperately needs playmakers.
Porter was known for his demeanor on and off the field. Who can forget him getting ejected before a game against the Cleveland Browns for igniting a physical fight with Browns players. It is difficult to forget when Porter went on the Baltimore Ravens bus and challenged Ray Lewis to step off the bus and settle a feud like men.
The stories could go on and on, but one thing is for certain: Porter will bring that fiery demeanor and that edge to a defense that desperately needs it. The Steelers are no longer considered a vaunted defense and are far from a feared unit. Although Porter isn’t able to sack the quarterback anymore, he will help the Steelers defense take a step in the right direction.