2013 was the first time the Pittsburgh Steelers did not finish top 10 in defense in a very long time. A case of injuries and lack of depth pushed the Steel-Curtain down to 13th in total defense. As a total, the Steelers defense finished with 34 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and 10 interceptions. So it is now time for the writers of Steelers N Stuff to release the SNS Defensive Player of the Year.
Steve’s pick for SNS Defensive player of the year award… Inside Linebacker Lawrence Timmons
Lawrence Timmons was the most consistent player on the Steelers’ defense leading the team with 126 total tackles. Timmons also had three sacks , 2 interception, 1 forced fumble, a recovery and 6 pass defenses.
Lawrence Timmons has now completed his seventh season and is a powerful force on the inside with the ability to cover tight ends in the pass game. The great thing is he is still on the rise being only 27 years old.
There was a few other candidates that I considered for this award but none was as consistent as Timmons week in and out.
Brandon’s Pick for SNS Defensive Player of the Year… Outside Linebacker Jason Worilds
Jason Worilds started the season off slow — very slow you may add. However, his production in the last half of the season gave Worilds this Award. Worilds finally showed the talent everyone has been waiting for. When LaMarr Woodley went down with a calf injury, the fourth-year linebacker stepped in and played fierce.
Worilds finished leading the Steelers in sacks (8) and in quarterback hits (21). In result, the defense got better quickly and started to make big plays towards the end of the season.
Worilds’ efforts in 2013 was good enough for the Steelers to have to try almost anything to keep him due to the fact that his contract ends at the end of the NFL season.