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Dick LeBeau stands behind Jason Worilds

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Worilds, the Pittsburgh Steelers' second highest-paid defensive player this season, has one sack and three quarterback pressures at the quarter point of the season.

But Dick LeBeau said Worilds is not to blame for the Steelers' lack of consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

"[Worilds] is playing hard," the Steelers defensive coordinator said. "As a defense we have to get better in that area, but I would not hang it on anyone personally anyway."

The Steelers have just four sacks in their last three games. But LeBeau said that in the Steelers' 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, "We were literally inches away from some pretty big plays with our rush."

That was the case when the Steelers were nursing a 24-20 lead with 40 seconds left in the game.

After a bad punt gave the Buccaneers the ball at the Steelers' 46-yard line, Worilds nearly sacked Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon.

Glennon got rid of the ball right as Worilds drilled him. Had Worilds dropped Glennon, the Buccaneers would have been on their side of the field with 20 to 25 seconds left since they could not stop the clock.

"It's coming," Worilds said of consistent pressure on the quarterback.

It has to from the outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense and the Steelers don't have a lot of options at the position for the foreseeable future.

Jarvis Jones is out for at least the next seven games as he recovers from surgery that fixed a dislocated wrist. Arthur Moats is starting in Jones' place at right outside linebacker with 36-year-old James Harrison, who re-signed with the Steelers last week, behind him.

The Steelers don't have anyone behind Worilds at left outside linebacker unless they play Moats there when Harrison is in at right outside linebacker.

Worilds, who signed a one-year, $9.754 million contract in March, led the Steelers with eight sacks last season, and the fifth-year veteran really came on in the second half of last season.

The Steelers need Worilds to emerge as the force he was after getting a chance to start regularly in 2013. And LeBeau is confident Harrison will give the Steelers more after playing 29 snaps against the Buccaneers but not generating much pressure on Glennon.

"He felt great and really wanted to play more snaps than that," LeBeau said of Harrison. "I think that was a good session for him and I think that he will gradually get more and more snaps."