Ryan Shazier: League has “Patriots problem”

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The Steelers have lost their last four games against the Patriots, including twice last season. They haven’t beaten New England since 2011.

Ryan Shazier was asked about the team’s “Patriots problem,” which included a 36-17 loss at New England in the AFC Championship Game last season.

“If you look at it that way, the NFL has a Patriots problem,” Shazier told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Indeed, the Patriots have five championships in the Tom Brady era, including two of the past three. The Steelers’ last championship came to end the 2008 season.

“They’ve been a great team; they have a great leader; and they just find a way to win,” Shazier said. “They have a good strategy in what they want to do. But I feel we are going to be prepared for them this year. I feel we are going to get them when we need to get them. And at any day, I feel we can win the Super Bowl. We might have had a problem in the past, but I think we are going to be ready this time.”

The Steelers know the key is getting home field. Pittsburgh allowed 119 points the past three games at Gillette Stadium but only 44 the past two games against the Patriots at Heinz Field.

45 responses to “Ryan Shazier: League has “Patriots problem”

  1. Shazier realizes that his dirty play still can’t beat the Patriots. Might as well join your buddy Shamarko at the Jets cause the Steelers are doing nothing but laying eggs.

  2. This is what most of us patriots fans have been aware of since 2007.
    They have been favored to win the Super Bowl every year since then.

  3. First off, the road to the Super Bowl will go through Foxborough again.

    Even if it doesn’t, I doubt it’ll go through Pittsburgh.

    Even if it did, I’m confident the Patriots would easily beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh.

    Brady has already won two AFC titles in Pittsburgh (see 2001 and 2004).

  4. Steelers own one of their rings to the fact in 2008 with the best undefeated team ever returning, Brady went out in the first quarter of that year and the patriots beat the cardinals handily with Matt Cassio.
    With brady in they would have won 15 games that year and been back in the super bowl

  5. What a wonderful problem to have!

    Proven Non-solutions:
    Keep changing the rules.
    Do essentially the same thing on offense and defense in every game because “we do what we do”.
    Gin up more bogus entrapment schemes.
    Arbitrarily take away multiple draft choices.
    Get your owner to conspire with the puppet to unjustly fine and suspend their coaches and best players.
    Make excuses: “they cheated us”.
    Whine.
    Live in the past.
    Wait for their “luck” to run out.

    Proven Real Solutions:
    Out work the competition.
    Out prepare the competition.
    Out smart the competition.
    Keep your mouth shut, no more excuses, and show some damn guts – like if you get down 28-3 late!

  6. The most obvious problem the Steelers had against the Pats the last couple years is that they were severely out-coached, two years ago they left the Gronk completely uncovered and last years in the AFC championship game they did it again with Hogan free as a bird in the end-zone. We could see their DB’s looking at each other with zero clue as to what they were suppose to do. If they keep the same coaching staff I don’t see why the situation would change…

  7. I think your first priority is to win your division and make the playoffs. If you keep worrying about the patriots you won’t win the games you should (ask Rex Ryan).

  8. So Ryan …Are you saying that in the past the Steelers have not been prepared to play the Patriots? That speaks more to a Steeler coaching problem than an NFL Patriot problem.

  9. Patriots fans are in for a rough year as their team begins to decline. There will be some key injuries and teams will get to Brady. Soon you will be known as the Browns of the Northeast. No doubt.

  10. The Patriots have benefitted from being in a weak division. That’s partly why the always have home field advantage. Jets, Bills, Dolphins have all been bad for years.

  11. The big problem is that Small Ben in Big Games has not been able to score more than 18 points in 5 out of the Steelers past 6 playoff games …. only 1 of them was against the Patriots.

  12. Just when they think they have all of the answers, Belichick changes the equation. That’s what the Cooks trade was all about on offense and the Gilmore signing on defense.

  13. The Patriots are the best team in the league and rightfully favored to repeat as Super Bowl champions. I do think Pittsburgh is a rising team that’s getting better every year. Three years ago, they went 0-1 in the playoffs. Two years ago, that went 1-1. Last year they went 2-1, losing in the conference finals, and this year they might have the best secondary since the Rod Woodson years. In the end, be it at home or away, Pittsburgh will still probably have to beat New England to win the Super Bowl.

    Go Steelers!

  14. ridnaway says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:27 PM
    The Patriots have benefitted from being in a weak division. That’s partly why the always have home field advantage. Jets, Bills, Dolphins have all been bad for years.

    Why not trot out the lame schedule excuse while you are at it? What part of a .786 win % in division and a .762% out of it is hard to understand? What would put it in perspective for you? The last 4 years running the Pats have lost the same number of games in 6 to the division as they have in 10 to the rest of the league. All divisions are .500 against themselves yet the AFCE has won more games per team than any other over the last 10 years. Division winners on average for the past 10 years have lost 1.363 games per year in division, New England has lost 1.5. What division would you have them dominate instead? They are located in MA so it would need to be a northern or eastern team. How about we put them in the AFCN where in the Brady/Belichick era they are .828? Not what you had in mind? The NFCN (.875) or NFCE (.813) probably won’t do it for you either. Maybe that .786 isn’t all that bad after all, you should be thankful the Pats are in the AFCE, they could be owning your division instead.

  15. ridnaway says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:27 PM
    The Patriots have benefitted from being in a weak division. That’s partly why the always have home field advantage. Jets, Bills, Dolphins have all been bad for years.
    ————-
    Except NE’s winning % is the higher outside of the AFCE than is in it. They went 5-0 against the AFCN last year.

    AFCE 5-1
    Everyone else 14-1

  16. Why not trot out the lame schedule excuse while you are at it? What part of a .786 win % in division and a .762% out of it is hard to understand?
    ____________________________________
    This guy was spot on. You put N.E. on the road in the playoffs and they lose. They have definitely benefited from a weak afc east and home field advantage.

  17. ricko1112 says:
    Jun 16, 2017 6:48 AM
    ridnaway says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:27 PM
    The Patriots have benefitted from being in a weak division. That’s partly why the always have home field advantage. Jets, Bills, Dolphins have all been bad for years.
    ————-
    Except NE’s winning % is the higher outside of the AFCE than is in it. They went 5-0 against the AFCN last year.

    AFCE 5-1
    Everyone else 14-1

    ——————————————
    Well when you play other teams less you have a better chance of have a higher winning percantage. Play the Ravens and Steelers twice a year from 2000 and on and you will a different numbers. How many franchise QB’s are in the AFC East since Brady came into the league? ZERO

  18. Second article this week with a Steeler talking about the Patriots. Looks like the Pats are in their heads. Not a good look, and not likely a productive or successful one.

  19. I agree the league has a Patriots problem. 🙂 There’s simply too many Patriots championship DVD’s for them to choose from!

    It’s too hard to choose one! That’s a problem.

    🙂

  20. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 16, 2017 9:54 AM

    Well when you play other teams less you have a better chance of have a higher winning percantage (sic).
    ___________________________________

    When the Patriots play a team they “play less” the opponent also is playing a team (the Patriots) that it plays less. So, I guess both teams have a “better chance?”

  21. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 16, 2017 9:54 AM

    Well when you play other teams less you have a better chance of have a higher winning percantage. Play the Ravens and Steelers twice a year from 2000 and on and you will a different numbers.
    ========================

    By that logic since there are two teams that play each other less it amounts to saying they should both have a better chance of a higher winning percentage which is an impossibility. That is ridiculous even for you chipster.

    @bigoldred, nice copy and paste lol

  22. mzew233 says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:11 PM
    Steelers own one of their rings to the fact in 2008 with the best undefeated team ever returning, Brady went out in the first quarter of that year and the patriots beat the cardinals handily with Matt Cassio.
    With brady in they would have won 15 games that year and been back in the super bowl
    —————–

    No excuses. We lost that year. Period. Excuses are for losers.

  23. The Patriots have been the last team standing twice out of the last three years. That is all that matters. Have a nice off season.

  24. They might have been. Do you remember when the Giants were the last team standing twice against the Pats.

  25. Do you remember the last time the giants made the playoffs?You do understand that to get to the SB you must first make the playoffs?Tell me,oh wise one,when was the last time the Patriots didn’t?You can keep your two SB wins against the Patriots and reminisce on them while your out shopping with your significant other, while I’m watching my team in the playoffs.

  26. Doesn’t matter when the last time was. It happened and will foeverv be under your skin . Very soon you will be on the losing end as well. No doubt.

  27. concussion182 says:
    Jun 17, 2017 9:33 AM
    Doesn’t matter when the last time was. It happened and will foeverv be under your skin . Very soon you will be on the losing end as well. No doubt.
    ===========================

    Of course it happened and I for one respect and salute a quality opponent, too bad you can’t manage the same. Maybe if it was your Dolphins that beat New England in the playoffs you would feel better about yourself. Yes, sooner or later this great run will end but don’t hold your breath waiting on their supposedly imminent demise chipster.

  28. Not much of a Dolphins fan myself. Don’t think I’ll need to hold my breath too long as the inevitable Pats downfall will begin this year.

  29. Concussion 182 keeps saying “inevitable Patriots downfall”probably just as much as he has been saying”wait until next year”about his favorite team….still hasn’t happened yet…must be CTE.

  30. CTE, that’s cute. My favorite team has won many Super Bowls as well as World Series. Wait until next year…..a not so much. Seems my city doesn’t wait long at all for championships.

  31. ridnaway says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:27 PM
    The Patriots have benefitted from being in a weak division. That’s partly why the always have home field advantage. Jets, Bills, Dolphins have all been bad for years.

    steelcurtainn says:
    Jun 16, 2017 9:51 AM
    Why not trot out the lame schedule excuse while you are at it? What part of a .786 win % in division and a .762% out of it is hard to understand?
    ____________________________________
    This guy was spot on. You put N.E. on the road in the playoffs and they lose. They have definitely benefited from a weak afc east and home field advantage.

    ———————–

    I dont know how much any Pittsburgh fan wants to go this way. The Dolphins beat the Steelers ya know? It begets the question as to whether the Dolphins might actually be tough because otherwise that doesnt speak well of Steelers who’s fans are apparently complaining how hard it is to play in a division with the mighty Browns.

    And BTW, home field advantage is earned not gifted. And to earn it the Pats had to beat the teams outside their division too (like the Steelers for instance). Its hilarious that the Pats get the best record in the AFC and then Steelers fans try to use that as an excuse.

  32. Poor poor Patriot Hater 🙂

    You really do think your weakling team deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as US. 😀

    So deluded. So in denial. So hilarious! 🙂

  33. Stay classy Ryan…….

    I only want to hear one thing from Shazier;

    ” ………I’m working really hard with the coaches and the defense trying to keep my eyes up when I tackle, to stop hitting opponents in the head. We realise we’ve probably shortened some opponents careers with those head-shots; and we know sooner or later the league office will stop giving us a free pass on some of those shots, and suspend us like they have done for some guys who haven’t even hit folks with their heads…….. ”

    It’d be real nice to hear that from a single Steeler one time, but I ain’t holdin’ my breath…..

  34. mzew233 says:
    Jun 15, 2017 6:11 PM
    Steelers own one of their rings to the fact in 2008 with the best undefeated team ever returning, Brady went out in the first quarter of that year and the patriots beat the cardinals handily with Matt Cassio.
    With brady in they would have won 15 games that year and been back in the super bowl.
    ———————————————————
    Funny, I don’t remember the Patriots being undefeated in 2007. I recall them losing a game near the end of the season…in fact, it was the last game of the season…oh yeah, it was the SUPER BOWL. 18-1 is NOT undefeated.

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    Jun 16, 2017 9:51 AM

    Why not trot out the lame schedule excuse while you are at it? What part of a .786 win % in division and a .762% out of it is hard to understand?
    ____________________________________
    This guy was spot on. You put N.E. on the road in the playoffs and they lose. They have definitely benefited from a weak afc east and home field advantage.

    The Pats win at home or away. Last playoff game they won wasn’t at Foxboro. How can fans of a team that gets to play the Browns twice be talking so much?

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