The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in former player Joey Porter to help the coaching staff this offseason and one of his top priorities is to light a fire under the young players on the team.
The Steelers selected Jarvis Jones in the draft last offseason. He was expected to become a pass rushing menace for the team, but he has not lived up to those expectations. He hasn’t even come close. He finished the season with one sack.
Porter has a tough job. He knows how to succeed as a player in this defense, but now he is helping coach the squad. Will he be able to give the youngsters the help that they need to succeed.
Here are some of Porter’s thoughts on the way he will be coaching:
“I’m going to coach the way I played: with my emotions. I love to get after it,” Porter told Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They know me, so I don’t have to change.”
Jarvis Jones needs to be receptive to the coaching style. He has a lot to prove on the field still. Porter probably could have gotten more than one sack last season in the Steelers defense if he was on the field. He will have to give the youngster the wisdom that he needs in order to flourish.