Steelers News: Timmons, Kaepernick, Pouncey


The Steelers will look to shake off the funk from the opening loss to New England and make sure their headsets are working correctly in Heinz Field for their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. While they’re preparing for their home debut we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Sept. 19th.

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Tackling machine

Fox play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert gave the Steelers’ Teresa Varley his opinions on the Steelers before he calls the game this weekend. He included his thoughts on inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

"“When you look at the linebacker position, any team would love to have him. He certainly has been one of the best over the last few years. He is a tackling machine. When you look at his numbers and what he has done the last couple of years, the consistency we talked about with some of the guys on offense is there. He never misses a game. He is a guy any team would love to have.” – Kenny Albert"

He’s also a puking machine. We’re going to need some of Timmons’ magical puke on Sunday.

Prepping for Kaepernick

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had all week to prepare to face San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s stats in the 49ers Monday Night Football win over the Vikings were 17 of 26 for 165 passing yards, 41 rushing yards on seven rushes for no scores but no turnovers.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests they are modest numbers but definitely worth noting for the Steelers defense that Kaepernick looked more comfortable scanning the field for throws instead of hurried and quick to take off with the ball. The Steelers defense have to prepare for any kind of scenario when facing a mobile quarterback like Kaepernick.

More prepared this time around

The Steelers offensive line knows all too well that there’s no replacing a player like Maurkice Pouncey. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly reminds us how early in the 2013 season Pouncey was down with a knee injury eight plays into the season and the line never fully recovered.

This time around, with Pouncey out with a broken leg and hopefully set for a mid-season return, the offensive line is more prepared thanks to Cody Wallace stepping in without missing a beat. Offensive guard Ramon Foster explains how the continuity of the unit has played the biggest role in making this time without Pouncey a lot less painful.

"“Man, it’s a whole lot better this time around. The continuity with us three in the middle is a whole lot better than last time around when we just threw a guy (Fernando Velasco) in there. That was the biggest difference. We knew what Cody is going to do, and he wasn’t off the streets.” – Ramon Foster"

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