Steelers Need Wolverine to Claw Back to Top
Two very cool things happen this week. #1 The Pittsburgh Steelers open training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. #2 The Wolverine opens in theaters across the country. How are these two items related? The Steelers have their own Wolverine in linebacker LaMarr Woodley. And like the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie, Woodley did not do so well his last time out and is looking for a chance at redemption. There were rumors that Woodley had turned soft and was out of shape last season. He did manage to play 13 games last year but amassed his lowest sack total, 4, since his rookie season of 2007. Some people say that the former Michigan Wolverine has gotten soft since he signed his last contract with the Steelers. His statistics show his production down every year since ’09. The Steelers are counting on him to make like Wolverine and claw his way through opposing offenses this season. He’ll need to step up in a big way now that James Harrison is no longer his bookend. It remains to be seen if the oft-injured, under-performing Jason Worilds, or 1st-round draft pick Jarvis Jones will start opposite Woodley. Either way, it’s a big question mark for the defense. Too bad Woodley doesn’t have Wolverine’s healing power, to help battle the injury bug. He’ll need it if he’s going to play every game this season. One of Wolverine’s sayings is “I’m the best at what I do. What I do isn’t very nice.” The Steelers need their Wolverine, LaMarr Woodley, to do the same if they’re going to get back to the postseason.
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