Pittsburgh Steelers' Lawrence Timmons' Time Is Now

David KlinglerCorrespondent IMay 3, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 05:  Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stretches during warm ups before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 5, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Lawrence Timmons is ready. 

And the Steelers are ready to insert the playmaker into the lineup at the soon-to-be vacated spot beside James Farrior.

Larry Foote has been a solid contributor, even if he has not been a flashy playmaker.  But, Foote's time on the field has been reduced to make room for Timmons.

Timmons replaces Foote on most passing situations and has shown flashes of big-play ability.  His interception and 89-yard return to the one-yard line against the Patriots last season was just a taste of what he is capable of.

Despite only playing part of the time, Timmons was seventh on the team in tackles with 65, and fourth on the team in sacks with fiveahead of Foote in both categories.

He shows good pass coverage skills and is a fine blitzer, as well.  Timmons' explosiveness sort of reminds me of Kendrell Bell, whose career with the Steelers fizzled out amid numerous injuries. 

Hopefully Timmons will be more durable.

With Timmons in the lineup full-time, the linebacking corp should be dynamic and one of the top playmaking groups in the league.

These four linebackers could be the most versatile quartet since Sam Mills, Pat Swilling, Rickey Jackson, and Vaughan Johnson were perennial Pro-Bowlers with the Saints in the late '80s and early '90s.

It's simply the right time for Timmons to showcase the talent and abilities that made him the Steelers' first pick of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Larry Foote's presence and leadership will surely be missed.  But I, for one, can't wait to see what kind of havoc Timmons can wreak on opposing offenses once he is given the opportunity to start.

Lawrence Timmons is ready. 

The Steelers are ready. 

Watch out.