Courtesy of Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Linebacker James Harrison believes linebacker Lawrence Timmons will have a better 2010 than he did in 2009 for one big reason: He'll know what he's doing.
"We all expect a better year out of him," Harrison said. "Last year he was doing some things that were just learning things, knowing where he was supposed to be when certain plays are run. He was out of position a lot more than we were used to seeing at that position."
They were used to seeing Larry Foote play there. Foote fled to the Detroit Lions last season when he realized he would lose his starting job at inside linebacker to Timmons. He's back now and being paid like a starter to back up Timmons and James Farrior.
Timmons will know the defense better this season, Harrison said, so he can react rather than think while playing.
Harrison wishes the officials would react differently too, like throw a yellow flag when he's getting held or clotheslined by offensive tackles. It was an issue in 2008 and Harrison said it got worse last season when he was held more than ever without penalties called.
"I got used to getting two people blocking me or getting held. It's just something you have to fight through. There's nothing you can say. You can say whatever you want to, if they don't call it, they don't call it. I don't know what else I can do. It was probably worse last year than it had been the previous two years."
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