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Jim Schwartz doesn’t care that DeAngelo Williams is a 33-year-old running back

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his touchdown reception in the fourth quarter during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams finally has found someone who doesn’t care that he is 33. That someone coordinates the next defense Williams will be facing.

“I can only go by what goes on tape,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz told reporters on Thursday, after being asked whether Williams looks like a 33-year-old running back. “They don’t ask for a birth certificate before the game. They don’t give you nine yards [to gain a first down] if you are over 30. You’ve still got to get 10. He’s a patient runner, he’s compact and he’s strong. He can test every area of your run gaps.

“If we’re nosey or if we get out of our gaps, he’s a guy that can make you pay. A lot of that comes from his experience. So I think that’s served him well. He’s been in the league for a while. He understands the run game and it’s not just [about] where the ball is supposed to go. He can test every gap and we have to play sound defense.”

Williams has 68 touches in two games played only six days apart, and Le’Veon Bell returns in one week. Barring injury or another suspension for Bell, Sunday’s game at Philadelphia will be the last chance for Williams to be the workhorse, at least until he becomes a 34-year-old running back.

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19 Responses to “Jim Schwartz doesn’t care that DeAngelo Williams is a 33-year-old running back”
  1. stillers213 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:36 PM

    He is by far the best and most valuable acquisition that wasn’t drafted by the Steelers going all the way back to Jerome Bettis.

  2. paulieorkid says: Sep 22, 2016 1:37 PM

    Hey, DeAngelo may not need to wait until he’s 34. Le’Veon has been known to get dinged up — and we all know he has a propensity to “self-medicate.”

    If either or both of those things goes down in the next 12 weeks, we’ll see the 33 year old DeAngelo featured and testing run gaps again.

  3. firecracker87 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:44 PM

    Gym Shorts is going to get taken to the cleaners by the Steelers.

  4. firecracker87 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:54 PM

    If I were the Steelers i’d refrain from fixing what’s not broken. Let Bell be a backup for now – that’ll give his knew more time as well.

  5. backintheday99 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:57 PM

    Can’t wait for the next collective bargaining so they can FINALLY let guys use weed for pain/relaxation. Don’t let the big Pharma companies use their lobbyists to stop what grows NATURALLY.

    Give out those pills like candy but god forbid guys like Bell roll some fat ones…

  6. orangeraider says: Sep 22, 2016 2:02 PM

    He may be 33 calendar years old, BUT a good chunk of his career was with the Carolina Panthers where he split time as the chief RB with Jonathan Stewart.
    His carries are not those of a 33 year old RB that did not share carries.

  7. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 22, 2016 2:05 PM

    Gonna be a DAMN good game me thinks!
    CANNOT wait!

  8. msstiller58 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:08 PM

    No need for him to hang the cleats up, we will see more of him this year. How do you sit a man that games like he does?

  9. phillyphanatic77 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:09 PM

    Has Deangelo Williams been the best free agent acquisition of the last two years? He’s certainly the biggest bargain IMO.

  10. fsstnotch says: Sep 22, 2016 2:23 PM

    DWill will still get plenty of touches once Bell comes back. Steelers would be smart to shop Bell right now while RB1’s are in short demand. He wants to get paid 13mil+/yr and hasn’t made it through a whole season without injury and is 1 bad decision away from a big suspension. It is unlikely the Steelers are going to offer him the $$ he wants, but someone will in free agency next year. Get something for him now while you still can!

  11. famundacheese says: Sep 22, 2016 2:52 PM

    I’m more interested in the Pitts. O vs. Philly’s D match up, then how Carson Wentz does. He is definitely going to have some ups and downs. This D has some talent , but still could use a couple upgrades. Thank goodness for the NFC east. Their aren’t many divisions a rebuilding team has a chance to compete.

  12. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 22, 2016 2:57 PM

    Anyone who can rush 8 yards against Cleveland last year must be a real beast. What an overrated joke!

  13. troy43mvp says: Sep 22, 2016 3:07 PM

    The Steelers are not going to pay Bell. They may try to make an agreement filled with clauses and incentives. They are going to protect themselves and maybe throw a franchise tag on him next year if they don’t reach an agreement. It will force LeVeon to test clean of marijuana for a year. If he were to fail another before the end of next year nobody would sign him to a lengthy deal. Cleveland …..maybe.

  14. dolphins1484 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:32 PM

    Surprising and inspiring watching him play well at that age. I’m sure a lot of people around the league thought he was done after his he posted a 3.5 ypc his last season in carolina. But he’s got the fire and desire, no doubt about it.

  15. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 22, 2016 3:34 PM

    of course Jim Schwatrz doesn’t care…

    Just like Herm Edwards didn’t care that Curtis Martin had a bone-on-bone knee condition before he literally RAN him out of the NFL.

  16. zenoracledba says: Sep 22, 2016 3:48 PM

    We have the power of the Schwartz, and will smoke the Steelers !

  17. exiledinphilly says: Sep 22, 2016 3:54 PM

    Steelers showed last week that they will stay with the running game, even if success is limited early. Eagles defense has given up 4.7 yards per carry so far this year. I expect Williams to have a good game on Sunday.

  18. macjacmccoy says: Sep 23, 2016 9:34 AM

    exiledinphilly says:
    Sep 22, 2016 3:54 PM
    Steelers showed last week that they will stay with the running game, even if success is limited early. Eagles defense has given up 4.7 yards per carry so far this year. I expect Williams to have a good game on Sunday.

    Yea but you can’t always look at the numbers you gotta watch the games. The Eagles completely shut down the Bears running game on Monday night and did the same thing to the Browns for more then 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter vs the Browns the Eagles were happy to let the clock wind down and went into a prevent defense. Allowing the Browns to run freely as long as they didnt go out of bounds. Which resulted in them gaining nearly 60 yards rushing on their last drive.

    If it wasn’t for that last drive the Eagles would have the 3rd ranked run defense right now.

    That’s not to say the Steelers won have success running the ball. Just that I wouldn’t put much stock in that 4.7 ypc number. Especially so early in a season where 1 drive can completely skew the results.

  19. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 23, 2016 4:20 PM


    Trade Bell and make an example out of him. Injuries are one thing, but being a repeat-pothead-offender is preventable. It’s selfish AND stupid.

    Great job Williams! You should keep the starting job. It’s reserved for adults.

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