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ENGLEWOOD - Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett knows Pittsburgh Steelers' linebackers coach Joey Porter well enough to not be surprised.
Barrett was a Colorado State University senior pass rusher in 2013 when Porter -- a decent pass rusher himself during his playing days with the school and NFL Pittsburgh Steelers -- was an undergraduate defensive assistant.
With a little help from Porter’s tutelage, Barrett became the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year after registering 12 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss.
Quarterback Jordan Webb #4 of the Colorado Buffaloes fumbles the ball while attempting to deliver a pass as he is hit by linebacker Shaquil Barrett #56 of the Colorado State Rams(Photo: Getty Images)
Barrett is now a backup pass rusher for the Broncos while Porter is in his second year coaching for the Steelers. Porter was in the midst of controversy last weekend when Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was injured on a flagrant hit by Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Porter engaged in a hostile conversation with Cincinnati Bengal players to the point he goaded cornerback Adam Jones into an unsportsmanlike penalty that moved Pittsburgh to within range of a game-winning, last-second field goal.
“Yeah, he’s a passionate coach,” Barrett said. “He probably was going out to check on Antonio Brown, see how he was doing. He probably was saying a little bit to them because they know how he is on the sideline. He’s got a reputation of talking smack every now and again. So I’m not surprised he was in it. He’s smart, though, he’s not going to do anything crazy now that he’s a coach. If he was a player he might be doing something. But as a coach he’s not going to do anything crazy to hurt his team."
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