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Steelers name former LB Joey Porter Defensive Assistant Coach

Who ride? We ride! Steeler Nation would love to welcome back Joey “Peezy” Porter to the Black & Gold! The Steelers announced today that Porter will join the team as an assistant defensive coach for the upcoming season.

Porter will be entering his 14th season with the NFL, his first as a coach. He was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft. He spent 8 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before the team released him in 2007. He then went on to spend three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and 2 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before coming back to Pittsburgh in the summer of 2012 to officially retire a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Over his career Porter registered 98 sacks, 721 tackles (552 solo), 25 forced fumbles, 12 interceptions, 9 fumble recoveries, 3 touchdowns and one safety. He ranks 5th in Pittsburgh Steelers franchise history with 60 sacks. He was selected to four Pro Bowls and named All-Pro four times. He was also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s.

Porter joins former defensive back Carnell Lake on the Steelers defensive coaching staff as coaches who were former players for the team. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was excited to welcome Porter back into the fold.

“We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers family. Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he’s back to assist the coaching staff. We look forward to his efforts and contributions.” – Mike Tomlin

Welcome Back Peezy!

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  • Shawn Winbush

    WHO RIDE??? welcome back J Peezy! while I’m not annointing him the savior, Porters presence can be pretty positive for the organization.I can see his leadership qualities and experience @ LB will be an asset in coaching up JJones, Worilds, and the whole LB corps.This may also be a hiring with future implications. Should DLB step down soon, Porter may be groomed to take over Butler’s LB coaching position. Best of Luck Joey,I think you will do a fine job.

    • Craig

      Don’t get ahead of yourself. First of all, Porter was hired as an assistant defensive coach, not the LB’s coach, which is still Keith Butler. He’s going to be extremely busy assisting the defensive coaches prepping game film, notes, etc. Not to say he won’t have opportunities to spend time with the players, but his main job will be to work the film room, etc. Secondly, it will be MANY years before he gets promoted to defensive coordinator if he ever makes it that far, and DLB will be long gone before that happens. If Peezy ever makes it as DC, he’ll be replacing someone other than DLB.

      • Shawn Winbush

        Craig,this is starting to become old,,you for some reason..can never interpret my responses.maybe you need to take your own advice.I am WELL AWARE of Mr Porter’s title upon his hiring. This is not the only place that I have read about his hiring,and gave a response.I NEVER SAID he was he was hired as the LB coach. I am fully aware that title belongs to Mr. Keith Butler.If you read my comment AGAIN, I said this MAY be a hiring with future implications.I never mentioned being a DC,that title would be going to Mr. Butler,if and when DLB steps down in the future.If I implied that he would be replacing anyone,It would be Mr. Butler as the LB coach. And all of the responsibilities you named are part of the grooming process I mentioned.Butler didn’t just run in and be an LB coach,I’m sure he had to be groomed also.
        Dude,while I respect the time you put in here,and can appreciate your opinions and articles,do me a favor……learn to embrace other’s opinions and welcome informative debate.

        • Craig

          Ahh yah got me on this one. I totally misread your comment with the DLB and Butler switch. Sorry about that. Pull the reigns back, hoss – your opinion is respected.

        • Carl Eagan

          Shawn, relax you have to understand that Craig rarely gets anything right unless he cuts and pastes from others that know the game and doesn’t add his opinion.

          • Craig

            :slow applause: Well done Carl. And it seems you can’t post a comment without ripping the writer with insults. Classy. Keep it up, you’re goin’ places, kid.

  • Carl Eagan

    Just another rewrite from fanside try to become original.

    • Craig

      Just another laughable comment from Carl Eagan. We report things that happen in the news – it’s called being a media outlet. Sometimes our readers would prefer hearing it coming from us rather than other media outlets. I know, it’s a hard concept for someone like you to understand.

    • Kimmy

      Somehow I think I’ll still be able to sleep tonight even though you are not impressed.

  • Mangler

    great hire, glad to have Porter back.