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Old 06-12-2014, 06:15 PM   #11
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Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:30 p.m.
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A single play during June non-contact practice accelerated the Steelers defense's transformation from old, slow and mostly reliable to young, fast and unpredictable.

Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski dropped back and attempted to loft a pass into the flat. But rookie Ryan Shazier read the play, sprinted to his left toward the pass, leaped at the right moment and made the kind of interception a Steelers inside linebacker hasn't made in a long time — practice or not.

Shazier showed off not only his 4.38-in-the-40 speed, but the kind of rare athleticism that made the Steelers invest a first-round draft pick and $9.5 million in him.

“I had a zone drop and read the quarterback's eyes, and I knew he thought he would be able to get it over me a little bit,” Shazier said Wednesday. “I knew it was a little high, but I can get up there.”

Yes he can.

Shazier also can cover a lot of ground in a little bit of time, one reason why, on a day the Steelers began opening up the bag of tricks that their newly acquired players provided them, Shazier was a younger version of Troy Polamalu — lining up everywhere and anywhere.

Once, he was assigned outside coverage on Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Todd Haley's offense was countering, too — Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount showed off a two-back power set, and another time Bell flanked out wide.

It was one more glimpse into the reshaping of a team that relied on a long-proven cast for an extended period. But now the Steelers are trying to catch up in a hurry as fast, innovative offenses keep speeding up the game.

“You never know with coach (Dick) LeBeau, he can do anything,” Shazier said. “Maybe one play I might be on Antonio Brown. The next play I might be on Le'Veon. The next rep I might be on Heath (Miller). Whatever he wants me to do, whatever he wants the defense to do, we'll go in there and do.”

In a spring/summer of adjustment for Shazier, this was just another transitional phase.

He is adjusting from mostly playing outside linebacker at Ohio State to playing inside linebacker in the NFL, and in one of the league's most complex defenses.

But Shazier said the shift isn't as complicated as it sounds, partly because LeBeau — himself a former Buckeyes player — still consults with the Ohio State defensive staff.

“A lot of stuff we learned at Ohio State is from this defense,” Shazier said. “The coaches came over here every now and then and learned some stuff. Some of it has different terminology, and (is) more complex, but it has a little bit of what we knew.”

New Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats knows what Shazier is experiencing; he played inside and outside in Buffalo but, so far in Pittsburgh, he's playing outside.

“The biggest thing is here, inside, you're definitely having to think about a lot more because you have more coverage responsibilities, your run fits are going to be different,” Moats said.

“Outside, you're just flying off the ball and, sometimes, you can make a mistake because you have the guys behind you who can cover for you. At inside linebacker, you can't make that mistake because a 10-yard gain turns into a 20-yard gain.”

But when athleticism and anticipation combine on a single play, as on Shazier's, an apparent 10-yard gain for the offense can turn into a 20-yard interception return by the defense.

“I'm still learning a lot right now — probably on a scale of 1 to 10, I'm about a 6 or a 5,” Shazier said. “I still have a long way to go.”

With his speed, it shouldn't take him long to get there.

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Um . . . he is in a contract year . . . but I get your point. I just hope we don't have another Woodley if we extend him.
true but he was healthy until he got his payday, now he can milk it and laugh all the way to the bank
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If it wasn’t obvious that first-round pick Ryan Shazier would be in the starting lineup when he opened his first spring practice with the starters, it should be now. Linebackers coach Keith Butler reiterated the team’s commitment to playing a rookie in the middle of their defense.

“Normally, I’m not a big guy with rookies,” Butler said. “In fact, I don’t like to play rookies because in defensive football there are two things that get you beat. One of them is missed tackles and the other is mental mistakes.

“And normally when you come and try to learn this defense it’s going to take you a little while to do it. [Shazier] understands concepts and he picks things up a little easier than most rookies have. We have a lot of new faces on defense, so we don’t have a choice whether we can play him or not. We have to play him and we have to be faster and we have to win.”

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best tackler i seen since joe montana
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I thought about this today.

If Ryan Shazier plays up to our expectations and is a candidate for DROY, there's a chance he also makes the Pro Bowl. If he makes the Pro Bowl, our shiny new rookie will have made one before Lawrence Timmons has gone to Honolulu. Crazy, right?
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Ryan Shazier talks Ohio State fans disliking him now that he’s on the Pittsburgh Steelers

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There’s no doubt that former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier is one of the most beloved Buckeyes players in history, and fans all over the country are happy for his success as he begins his journey as an NFL player.

But, what some Ohio State fans are not happy about is the team that he’s starting that journey with, and for obvious reasons.

Back in May, Shazier was selected in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, so of course, if you have any familiarity whatsoever with Ohio State fans and their professional allegiances, this is not going over very well.

Recently, Shazier found this out first hand as he expressed that he has already had some Ohio State fans tell him that he is their favorite player no longer.

“I’ve had so many people tell me, ‘You were my favorite player until you went to the Steelers,’ which is kind of crazy,” a laughing Shazier said. “I’m like, ‘You’re gonna sell me out now? For that? Come on, man, I’m still the same guy you loved at Ohio State.’”

Well, this is something that should have been expected, but Shazier is learning the hard way what happens when you leave Columbus and play for a team not named the Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns.

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Ohio State fans are such idiots, I still fucking love Tyrod and he's a Ratbird
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Ohio State fans are such idiots, I still fucking love Tyrod and he's a Ratbird
I wouldn't go as far as to say Ohio State fans are idiots, I happen to be a lifelong Ohio State fan as well as being a lifelong Steeler fan, truthfully I an from Ohio and love everything Buckeyes and everything Pittsburgh (Steelers, Pirates and Pens), as does my eight year old son. Now I will agree with you there are some Ohio State fans that are idiots but not all of us!
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