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Steelers adding Joey Porter to coaching staff

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The Steelers have added one of their former defensive standouts of recent vintage to their coaching staff.

According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, the Steelers are bringing on Joey Porter as a defensive assistant.

Porter is expected to work with the club’s outside linebackers, Labriola said. Porter assisted the Colorado State coaching staff in 2013.

The 36-year-old Porter notched 98 sacks in 13 NFL seasons (1998-2011). The first eight of those seasons were with Pittsburgh. Facing pending salary-cap troubles, the club released Porter in March 2007, less than two months into Mike Tomlin’s tenure as head coach.

Now, Porter’s back in Pittsburgh — and as a member of Tomlin’s coaching staff.

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34 Responses to “Steelers adding Joey Porter to coaching staff”
  1. psmith7716 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:28 AM

    We will soon have as many coaches as players on our team.

  2. tv426 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:38 AM

    It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Stiller fans who all thought he was the best player in the history of the game when he was a Stiller, then thought he totally sucked when he left (simply because he left). I suppose now he is back to being the best that ever was.

  3. bettis3636 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:40 AM

    Oh i LOVE THIS!!! Joey had a motor and passion that was amazing..!!! maybe he can bring that fire back to Pittsburgh!!

  4. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 11, 2014 9:40 AM

    joey porter is excited to help coach the steelers to plenty of 6-10 seasons

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 11, 2014 9:42 AM

    Oh yeah. That’s exactly who I want coaching my players — the guy I FIRED two months in.

  6. stew48 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:49 AM

    I am hopeful he is just half as good a coach as he was a player for the Steelers.

  7. johnnycamparm says: Feb 11, 2014 9:58 AM

    Awesome! I’m excited to see if he can bring back the fire he put in his teammates when he played. This should be a great hire.

  8. sbchampsagain says: Feb 11, 2014 10:01 AM

    Good for Joey Porter. Glad to have him back.

    Now if only we could get someone as good as Porter on the Steelers’ LB corp. I wonder if Porter has anything left in the tank. Heck if we’re taping Troy up and marching him out there on Sundays, why not Joey!

  9. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    Let’s get one thing straight: Porter was released mainly because the Steelers had a stud waiting in the wings: James Harrison, a five-time All-Pro selection in six seasons as a starter, the DPY in 2008 and a Super Bowl game-changer. Releasing Porter in favor of Harrison is one of the few personnel decisions Tomlin has gotten right in his seven-year coaching career.
    Having said that, the hiring of Porter is an interesting move, considering that he and Tomlin had no previous relationship.
    Welcome back, J-Peazy.

  10. dynastyposeiden says: Feb 11, 2014 10:31 AM

    gotta like bringing munchak and now porter they have credibility because they both got it done on the field . 55 always had fire and brought an attitude that outlasted his actual time with the club.
    Assuming he can inject some of that fire it will help the defense rebound to previous levels of play.

  11. jtbsteeler says: Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM

    Ravens went from a SB to third place in the division in just a few months.

    I love how Joey pushed Heap to the ground while he was hurt. And how he punked Ray Lewis into hiding on the team bus.

    Welcome back J Peezy!

  12. weepingjebus says: Feb 11, 2014 10:51 AM

    He’s a ringer for the next time Tomlin needs a coach to break up a play near the sideline. Progress!

  13. dryzzt23 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:24 AM

    Jack Lambert – Now THAT is a guy who I want coaching the Steelers LBs

  14. steelcurtainn says: Feb 11, 2014 11:53 AM

    Smart move Steelers…….It’ll be nice to see JP get a ring as a player and a coach.

  15. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:09 PM

    He’ll be kicking the grass and dirt when the Steelers make a play on defense.

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 11, 2014 12:26 PM

    Saw a comment about if we can get someone in the LB corps as good as J-Peazy.

    Porter was a real enforcer, set the tone, got to the QB and did a lot of damage — but just want to note what Lawrence Timmons has been playing some damned good football for a little while now too.

    Like Porter, Timmons took some time to groom into their positions in the complex LeBeaux 3-4 – that require their LBs to do a lot more than see ball, chase ball.

    Just putting in a good word for Timmons – he has been a bright spot in our last two otherwise dismal seasons.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    In my mind he will always be the MVP of the 05 SB. Those Jeramy Stevens drops were the demise of Seattle, and that was all from Porter getting in his head before the game even started.

    Can’t wait to see Flacco crumble under a Porter-led fierce attack.

  18. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 12:49 PM

    Oh, this makes me sooo unbelievably happy!!! As for the nonsense about Steelers fans loving, then hating Joey Porter, that’s absurd. Joey was voted one of the all-time favorite Steeler players while he was with the Dolphins. I still loved him while he was in Miami and in Arizona. And when Colorado State played Bama last season, I spent more time texting my family at the game about Joey than about the Tide. That Colorado State team was seriously overmatched, but those kids played with the passion you’d expect from anyone Joey influences. He’s exactly what our defense needs.

    Welcome home, Joey!!!

  19. troy43mvp says: Feb 11, 2014 12:54 PM

    The only time I had a chance to see Porter play is when I went to Cleveland and watched my Steelers roll over the Browns (who by the way are as dysfunctional as a Sochi bathroom). Porter was tossed from the game before it started. Some guy named James Harrison filled in quite nicely.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 11, 2014 1:51 PM

    Let’s see. During Porter’s last year as a Steeler the Ravens thoroughly embarassed him and his teammates to the tune of 27-0 and 31-7. In that case, welcome back to the AFCN, Joey. We missed you!

  21. holeinone09 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:27 PM

    Love having Joey back as a coach. He Should be able to ensure the proper attitude exists.

  22. jmblosser82 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:35 PM

    JMF the ravens may have swept the steelers in ’06 but you forget the domination of the ravens from ’99-’05 including a SB win. Not to mention that the ravens still have Flacco behind center.

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 11, 2014 2:58 PM

    The steelers haven’t won anything since federal authorities investigated and indicted steelers team doctor dr. rydze for illegal distribution of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.

  24. mikemyditka says: Feb 11, 2014 3:20 PM

    Porter already has a PhD in LeBeau’s notoriously complicated defense- its the perfect hire to fit the scheme.

    What Joey brings is passion, leadership & credibility- he was the unquestioned heart & soul of the mid 00’s Steelers and when he spoke, everyone listened.

    Now he’s got the ear of Jarvis Jones and if anyone could get Woodley’s motor running again, Its JP.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 11, 2014 3:29 PM

    He can show Jones and Woodley how to avoid getting splinters from sitting on the bench all game.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 11, 2014 4:01 PM

    The bengals haven’t won anything since ….

  27. billytodd2013blbaad says: Feb 11, 2014 4:39 PM

    Glad to see #55 back in the fold. As for the comment about people likeing him then hateing him when he left, true Steeler fans loved Joey even when he was with another team and are so happy to have him back and now maybe he can not only light a fire under the players rear ends but maybe light one under Tomlins as well!

  28. scoobies05 says: Feb 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    so jb? you are applauding, in your words, when porter pushed heap to the ground when he was hurt? thought you were better than that

  29. tindeaux says: Feb 11, 2014 8:47 PM

    soon you’ll see this guy runs his mouth at the referee and gets rejected…

  30. blackngold4life says: Feb 12, 2014 9:00 AM

    PEAZY!!

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 12, 2014 9:37 AM

    Let’s see. During Porter’s last year as a Steeler the Ravens thoroughly embarassed him and his teammates to the tune of 27-0 and 31-7. In that case, welcome back to the AFCN, Joey. We missed you!

    This troll likes to cherry pick . The following year it was steelers 38-14 in Joey’s last season.

    Welcome back Joey…teach them your toughness and the steeler way.

  32. steel2372 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:50 PM

    Welcome back Joey Bring that fire and toughness to the Outside LB corp and show them the way. This is an excellent move by the Steelers to help Jarvis Jones and others. Joey played the game very well. Great move Steelers

  33. southcarolinamike says: Feb 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    Porter coached one year at CSU. What evidence is there he is going to make a good coach?

  34. Joemontanaflacco says: Feb 13, 2014 8:08 PM

    Porter coached one year at CSU. What evidence is there he is going to make a good coach?

    None. But the fans like hearing the name even though his last year in Pittsburgh was an absolute joke. Selective memory, you know.

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