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When Pittsburgh drafted Timmons in the first round of the 2007 draft, people envisioned another pass rusher off the edge like Steeler legends Greg Lloyd, Jason Gildon, Mike Merriweather, Joey Porter, Kevin Greene, and many more.
Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau, another of a long line of great Steelers defensive coordinators behind Bud Carson, Woody Widenhofer, George Perles, Tony Dungy, Rod Rust, Dom Capers, and Jim Haslett, had other plans.
After grooming him as a reserve for two years, Timmons was installed into the inside linebacker slot last year, and he came up with 77 tackles and seven sacks in the 14 games he played.
This year he had piled up 47 tackles in the Steelers four games, harkening memories of Steelers great Chad Brown. Brown was a Pro Bowler, who once racked up 119 tackles as an inside linebacker before moving outside, and getting a career high 13 sacks in his last season at Pittsburgh.
Timmons is not a huge player, and probably could be a sack artist if Pittsburgh asked him to be. However, they prefer this tackling machine inside to help one of the leagues very best defenses shut down the run game.