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Steelers using Ryan Shazier all over the field

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Linebacker Ryan Shazier got some insight into the Steelers defense while at Ohio State thanks to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s consultations with the coaches at the alma mater he shares with this year’s first-round pick.

That familiarity seems to have allowed Shazier to skip over some preliminaries this spring. The Steelers aren’t paying much lip service to making Shazier earn his spot and are instead deploying him all over the field. Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Wednesday’s practice saw Shazier covering Antonio Brown, making plays at the line of scrimmage and generally looking like “a younger version of Troy Polamalu.”

“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.”

It’s been unusual for a rookie to make his way right into the starting lineup in Pittsburgh, but the need for athleticism on the unit is too great for them to make Shazier bide his time. Comparisons to Polamalu are awfully premature in June of his rookie year, but the speedy Shazier is in position to make himself a cornerstone for the next Steelers defense after less than a month with the team and take the torch from Polamalu if he makes good on the opportunity.

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  1. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Here’s some advice Shazier: don’t get discouraged when AB lights you up for a couple scores in practice, he’s the best in the business. Chin up, you now play for the greatest franchise in the history of the NFL.

    And after covering AB in practice, taking on opponent’s slot receivers and TE’s will be as easy as blowing up a bootleg that Flacco tries to run. Or as easy as picking off a dalton pass. Or making manziel cry.

  2. gpatrick15 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:34 AM

    Defensive Rookie of the Year

  3. flaccodelic says: Jun 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    They also use Mike Tomlin all over the field.

  4. steelcurtainn says: Jun 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Shazier equals Troy Polamalu II. Shazier and Polamalu are going to wreck havoc all over the field. If I was Flacco and Dalton, I’d just fall to the ground.

  5. ravens2014 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:44 AM

    everyone looks good in shorts…

  6. umainebearman says: Jun 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    So like Polumalu in a couple years he’ll be diving at air in attempt at tackling guys?

  7. clevefan4life says: Jun 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    He’s gonna be solid for a long time.

  8. sdakota says: Jun 12, 2014 11:50 AM

    ya, I would be worried… if I was a steelers fan. he is a lb, not a safety.underwear olympics champion does not make a good football player. remember Huey Richardson?

  9. holeinone09 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    This guy has the potential makings of a stud player. Seems smart, articulate and very athletic.

  10. clashpoint says: Jun 12, 2014 11:54 AM

    I follow a lot of Steelers news sources and the more I read about Shazier the more I like him. My fave story about him so far is him “accidentally” dumping Pouncey on the ground during the “no contact” otas. Pouncey gets to the second level blocks better than any other center in the league, perhaps even in league history – and he’ll pound almost every linebacker, almost every time. But not that time!

    Yeah, I wanted a cb in the first round of the draft too, just like so many other Steelers fans did. I’m now very glad I was wrong. This kid looks like an absolute beast. Go Steelers!

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 12, 2014 12:01 PM

    everyone looks good in shorts…

    If anyone should know that a Raven fan should . The a Ravens are paper chumps every offseason.

  12. anpsteel says: Jun 12, 2014 12:01 PM

    Is he a baller though?

  13. raveallday says: Jun 12, 2014 12:06 PM

    All I think about is hamstring injuries when I hear dis guys name. That’s a lot of muscles mehn!!

  14. psmith7716 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:12 PM

    The Cowboys were prepared to take Shazier, but Pitt surprised them (and many others) in taking him in the pick ahead of them.

  15. 6ball says: Jun 12, 2014 12:20 PM

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    Shazier certainly has a busy schedule. In July he’ll be enshrined in Canton. Then, prior to the Steelers home opener, he’ll be inducted into the Steelers Ring of honor taking his rightful place alongside Chuck Noll.

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  16. coldwater32301 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:26 PM

    When i mean the Steelers got a Steal, the really got one of the better defensive rookies in this draft, i see big things for this guy… should have the best stats because of his supporting cast…Indeed…

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    Shazier certainly has a busy schedule. In July he’ll be enshrined in Canton. Then, prior to the Steelers home opener, he’ll be inducted into the Steelers Ring of honor taking his rightful place alongside Chuck Noll.

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    Some people wear their jealousy we’ll and others don’t……you got some work to do. It’s off season dude I am a Steeler fan and I don’t buy all the hype either….just keep working on your jealous tendencies and you we’ll heal nicely.

  18. bengalguy says: Jun 12, 2014 12:34 PM

    Including QB????? Steelers might be better than I thought this year.

  19. infinitig says: Jun 12, 2014 12:38 PM

    Ohio State finished 34th in team defense last year. Minnesota finished 33rd. You probably shouldn’t have said “A lot of stuff we learned at Ohio State is from this defense,”

  20. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 12, 2014 12:40 PM

    I like Shazier. You just have to love 4.36 speed in an LB. He’s really going to help the Steelers as they race to another 3rd place finish in the AFC north.

    2011: Got Tebow’d
    2012: 8-8
    2013: 8-8 (allowed the most points since 1988)

  21. ryanclark25 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:06 PM

    Im a big fan of Shazier even though I wanted dennard or a cb in general (however I don’t get paid to be a gm). I think he’ll do great but let’s not anoint him until he does do great.

    Not sure how many will be in agreement but I think our most important pick is actually the second rounder tuitt. The success of our linebackers will depend on how will our ends and nose hold up blockers for the lbs to cause carnage. It looks like we have one in heyward and if either of Cam Thomas or McCullers the 6th rounder can be the answer at nose, and tuitt develops as we hope with McClendon another option across the line, then their will be serious hope for a new young defense for the next decade with maybe some db help next year. We still haven’t replaced Aaron smith, and the gradual decline since his retirement especially hasn’t been a coincidence.

  22. Matt dog from C-town says: Jun 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    Whatched every Ohio State Game that he played in….don’t know how he became a hall of famer since collage…lots of wishful thinking going on here!!!!

  23. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 12, 2014 12:40 PM

    I like Shazier. You just have to love 4.36 speed in an LB. He’s really going to help the Steelers as they race to another 3rd place finish in the AFC north.

    2011: Got Tebow’d
    2012: 8-8
    2013: 8-8 (allowed the most points since 1988)

    _______________________________

    At the end of this year Shazier will have experienced something the Bungles have failed to in 24 years. A playoff victory.

  24. jmblosser82 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    Ben has more playoff wins in his first 2 season then Dalton will see his entire career. Ben has more playoff wins then the Bengals as a franchise.

  25. weepingjebus says: Jun 12, 2014 2:26 PM

    The Steelers are a classy, well-run organization that tends to make the most out of their drafts and talent, which is why it’s so much fun blowing their doors off every year.

  26. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 12, 2014 2:44 PM

    Roethlisberger’s first three home playoff games: 8 interceptions; the Steelers’ record: 1-2.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 12, 2014 3:19 PM

    Roethlisberger’s first three home playoff games: 8 interceptions; the Steelers’ record: 1-2.

    You may want to tell the true story by letting people know that his second year he won three on the road as a wild card team. Don’t present all the facts and cherry picking to support your typical Ben bashing. You should be ashamed….but you are what you are. Pathetic.

  28. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 12, 2014 3:27 PM

    When was the last time Ohio State player had a major impact in the NFL? Its been a while. I see 8-8 again. Look like Tarzan play like Jane.

  29. clashpoint says: Jun 12, 2014 3:59 PM

    Another thing about Shazier that I really like a lot, is that both his new teammates and former teammates all seem to find him a good locker room guy and a good team player. That all counts for so much and always has, every team in every sport that wins a lot says so. I think it counts even more so in this age of mass social media where personal individuality is everything. Those are virtues every team in the league wants more of.

    “bobzilla1001 says:
    Jun 12, 2014 2:44 PM
    Roethlisberger’s first three home playoff games: 8 interceptions; the Steelers’ record: 1-2.”

    Hey Bob, weren’t Ben’s first two games his rookie year, when the Steelers lost to the eventual Super Bowl winners? Then his third game was the first game of a the three game winning run that ended with the Steelers winning the Super Bowl? Just checking. Well, I don’t blame all the winning or losing on any one player because football is a team game.

    Considering last year was the first time Ben really got a chance to take charge of the offense, I’d say he’s always been a team player. He’s had no running game, and a poor offensive line for years, but he rarely bitches to the media. He always takes his linemen guys out to dinner and whatnot, and one was the best man at his wedding. By most appearances, his teammates like him. Who are you to argue with them?

    I think Ben is a team player.
    Too bad you aren’t.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:00 PM

    My point is simple: Playing home playoff games at home — where hype, hoppla and high expecations swirl around — is not beneficiary to young QBs.

    More facts: Take away Roethlisberger’s three-game performance in 2005 and he’s thrown 11 TD passes and 13 picks in 11 postseason games. More facts: 3 TD passes, 5 interceptions in Super Bowls. More facts: 1 TD pass and three picks in two Super Bowl wins.
    Had enough?

    Now go run along and play with your Ravens friends. Let the “Steelers Talk” to those who actually live within 100 miles of Heinz Field. than

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    “When was the last time Ohio State player had a major impact in the NFL?”

    I remember not too long ago an Ohio state QB galloped 90 yards for a TD, ending any faint hopes of the playoffs. Oh yeah, Woodley you suck!

  32. jmblosser82 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:24 PM

    Bob, Ben may not lead a flashy offense but he was key in getting over the hump. He played poorly in his first SB, he didn’t win it and he surely didn’t cause them to lose. His second SB he played poor too but he came up in the clutch. His third SB he was bringing the team back until Mendenhall had the game ending fumble. Steeler football has always been a stout hard hitting defense with a power ground game. He may not be flashy but he was a key contributor to 3 SB seasons.

  33. yodrianididit says: Jun 12, 2014 4:40 PM

    Vernon gholston looked good in shorts too-

  34. clashpoint says: Jun 12, 2014 4:41 PM

    Hilarious. I have Raven friends, Bob? Yet they are probably the only ones who give your posts any thumbs up. It’s pretty clear most of the Steelers fans here think your posts reek. My posts support the Pittsburgh Steelers every time. Every time, you hate on them. You aren’t even a team player HERE. Why would the Steelers even want a “fan” who boos them attend their home games?

    From all appearances, Ben’s teammates like him, especially his offensive teammates. The backs. The tight ends. The wrs. The linemen. The coaches. So why does your opinion count for anything?

  35. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 12, 2014 5:02 PM

    blosser: Roethlisberger three a pick-7 in a six-point loss in Super Bowl 45. Yet all you “team players” want to do is focus on Mendenall’s fumble. Laughable.

    clash: What makes you think I was talking about you? Secondly, how do you know Roethlisberger is liked by his teammates? How many team MVP awards has his loving teammates given him?
    I know for a fact that former Steelers O-lineman Marvel Smith didn’t like him much. That’s been well documented around Pittsburgh.

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 12, 2014 5:02 PM

    bobzilla, I live nowhere near 100 miles of Heinz field. I wonder who’d win if there was a test on who’s a bigger fan.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Jun 12, 2014 6:15 PM

    Bob, never said Ben played a perfect game against Green Bay but the fumble ended the game.

  38. Bull Rush says: Jun 13, 2014 9:20 AM

    Have no issue with anything people are saying except the one comment that said Ben doesn’t complain to the media.

    He did a lot of that, especially in the last couple years against Haley and last year his rookie RB – that’s just what I remember off the top of my head. Listen to Sirius NFL channel a lot and I recall a lot of fans asking him to keep his comments in the locker room.

  39. jmblosser82 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    Bull Rush, yea Ben and Haley didn’t get along at all, probably still don’t. I have to say that Haley is making Ben look better tho. I don’t remember the issue with Bell tho.

  40. jtbsteeler says: Jun 13, 2014 1:36 PM

    One look at Ben’s record against the Bengals explains all the hate. I get it.

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