Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain summarized it the best observing that Porter’s Yang could serve as an effective counter weight to the Yin that otherwise dominates the temperament of the defensive staff. Joey Porter of course manned the right outside linebacker slot for the Steelers from 1999 to 2006, and gained a well-deserved reputation for “stirring up the pot.”
The Porter hiring is also a curious one, of sorts.
- In a single move Mike Tomlin manages to simultaneously maintain continuity while reversing course.
While the move was motivated in part by salary cap concerns, Porter had angrily and publically called out Ben Roethlisberger during the ’06 Super Bowl Hangover, and word was that Tomlin wanted no one in the locker room undermining Roethlisberger.
LeBeau Coaching Tree
Porter is of course a former player of Dick LeBeau, and his ascension to the NFL coaching ranks also gives another branch to the Dick LeBeau Coaching Tree another branch. The make up of the tree has shifted somewhat since the term was coined here, but it nonetheless represents another case of a player mentored by LeBeau maturing into a coach.