Ryan Shazier knows “best ability is availability”

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier’s work in his first three NFL seasons was enough to convince the team to exercise their option on his contract for the 2018 season.

The 2014 first-round pick moved into the starting lineup as a rookie, made the Pro Bowl last year and has generally made plays all over the field when he’s been in the lineup. That last point has been the biggest sticking point about his career to date.

Shazier has missed 14 games over his first three seasons and played through injuries several other times, something that didn’t give the Steelers pause in picking up his option despite it being guaranteed in the case of injury but has kept Shazier from realizing what he believes is his full potential on the field.

“I just want to have a full year in general just for myself,” Shazier said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I feel like I have the capability of being one of the best players in the NFL. People can’t really see what I can do when I’m not on the field. Your best ability is availability.”

A healthy season would help the Steelers, who need Shazier to be at their best defensively, and Shazier personally as he heads toward his second contract.

32 responses to “Ryan Shazier knows “best ability is availability”

  1. How on earth did this guy make the Pro Bowl?

    If you wear certain uniforms in this league, people apparently think you’re 2 or 3 notches better than you really are.

    My goodness.

    Bettis in the HOF, Dungy in the HOF, Jerry Jones in the HOF, and now Shazier somehow magically makes the Pro Bowl because he plays in Pitt and likes to work out a lot and stare at himself in the mirror.

    Make it stop. Please, just make it stop.

  2. I like watching Shazier play, dudes a beast on the field and flies around everywhere. Fun to watch, even from my Patriots seat. And he’s completely right about availability, it’s a factor in being successful, you gotta be on the field. I see it with Gronk even more so. I’d sacrifice some of his aggressive playing style for a full season and into the playoffs. But it’s hard for these athletes to ‘tone it down’ when they’ve been playing that way since forever and it’s gotten them to this point in their careers. Best of luck staying away from the injury bug

  3. They need to consider moving him to safety… It may sound crazy to some but I think it would keep him out of the trenches some and allow him to make plays all over the field.

    He definitely has the speed to burn.

  4. the team to exercise their option on his contract for the 2017 season.

    2018

    He was a first rounder … 4 years + option year (2018)

  5. Can anyone seriously answer this?

    How does Ryan Shazier make a Pro Bowl, but TWO TIME CLUTCH SB LINEBACKER, Donte Hightower, not make the Pro Bowl?

    Can anyone answer this?

    And fans wonder why Pats players and the fans just shake their heads at the lack of respect they get?

    All you idiots do is add fuel to the fire by doing it, too.

    BB and Brady barely have won COTY or Exec of the Year, or MVP, respectively, and somehow Ryan “made of glass” Shazier who has never played well on tv that anyone has ever witnessed, makes the Pro Bowl over Donte Hightower (and others) in the AFC.

    I mean….LMAO

  6. The biggest homer can’t understand why every all -pro is not a Patriot? Time to hike up your big boy pants sonny. Knowledgeable football people and players disagree with you…..sorry. Have a snickers and sit in time out for awhile…you’ll feel better.

  7. brady is licking his chops yet again to show
    why shazier is a 1st rd disappointment on the
    heels of jarvis jones and bud dupree
    as outright busts.

    pittsburgh is not winning a title anytime
    soon with a such a mediocre defense

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 6, 2017 11:47 AM
    He was available for AFCC game and we didn’t hear his name.
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    the defensive game plan was wrong, he was relegated to coverage, making two-yard tommy look good again….

  9. And fans wonder why Pats players and the fans just shake their heads at the lack of respect they get?

    The lack of respect you get deserved! All one has to see is your comments just on this thread. Did your dog die….your wife out of town…kids leave home….why so much hate? It’s not healthy….grow up and get some help…respect…..you are kidding…..aren’t you?

  10. The lack of respect you get deserved! All one has to see is your comments just on this thread. Did your dog die….your wife out of town…kids leave home….why so much hate? It’s not healthy….grow up and get some help…respect…..you are kidding…..aren’t you?

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    Hilarious. Says a jealous Steelers troll all enraged about the legendary Pats success in the cap era, trumping his supposed “bestest” franchise from the pre-cap era 1970s.

    You couldn’t be any angrier or more jealous, there, little guy.

    Now, go get yer shinebox.

  11. ftomasic1961 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 1:51 PM

    the defensive game plan was wrong, he was relegated to coverage, making two-yard tommy look good again…
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    …and again and again and.. well…you get the point.
    Too bad your coach hardly ever seems to. Brady’s career win % against Tomlin is .857. How is it that year after year his game plans for dealing with “two-yard tommy” are always so inept? Brady’s numbers against Tomlin’s teams are Madden like, averaging 3 td’s 0 int’s (that’s right, no int’s in 7 games) with 325 yds/gm and a 127.4 rating. How does Trip Tomlin keep his job letting “two yard tommy” own his team like that? You’d think someone worthy of being the HC of a premier NFL franchise wouldn’t have too much trouble creating a game plan to stop a “two-yard” QB. Following your logic that Brady isn’t really any good then it follows that either Tomlin is inadequate to the task of stopping a below average QB or the team is. Which do you think it is? Please discuss in a substantive football way with a few facts to support whichever side you come down on so that we can have an informed and realistic discussion.

  12. You couldn’t be any angrier or more jealous, there, little guy.

    Now, go get yer shinebox.

    Jealous? Come on little snickers eating Ty. I see you are mad bro…got to ya. Took the bait….

    What is to be jealous of . Last count we have six rings and NEVER lost a draft pick for breaking rules. Our coach is not a grumpy old fart with a control problem. Our fans are not spoiled entitled blue bloods who feel the need to be superior to everybody….nah I am not jealous at all. I grew up there and left….now live with very nice people for the most part… real humble respectful people….have a great trolling day Ty…carry on!

  13. “Best linebacker to ever lace em up !”

    He’s a very good player, that’s undeniable.

    But any player needs more than 3 season on the field to be declared “best ever” at what they do.

  14. …and again and again and.. well…you get the point.
    Too bad your coach hardly ever seems to. Brady’s career win % against Tomlin is .857. How is it that year after year his game plans for dealing with “two-yard tommy” are always so inept? Brady’s numbers against Tomlin’s teams are Madden like, averaging 3 td’s 0 int’s (that’s right, no int’s in 7 games) with 325 yds/gm and a 127.4 rating. How does Trip Tomlin keep his job letting “two yard tommy” own his team like that? You’d think someone worthy of being the HC of a premier NFL franchise wouldn’t have too much trouble creating a game plan to stop a “two-yard” QB. Following your logic that Brady isn’t really any good then it follows that either Tomlin is inadequate to the task of stopping a below average QB or the team is. Which do you think it is? Please discuss in a substantive football way with a few facts to support whichever side you come down on so that we can have an informed and realistic discussion.

    Another nose in the air arrogant Patriot fan…how rare? Hey jerk check out Tomlin’s record…..Most believe he has got the most out of a team that was in cap hell when he got there yet still has gone to two Super bowels winning one and never having a losing season. Tell me something does having you nose stuck up that high make hard to walk and drive…Putz.

  15. What is to be jealous of . Last count we have six rings and NEVER lost a draft pick for breaking rules. Our coach is not a grumpy old fart with a control problem. Our fans are not spoiled entitled blue bloods who feel the need to be superior to everybody….nah I am not jealous at all. I grew up there and left….now live with very nice people for the most part… real humble respectful people….have a great trolling day Ty…carry on!

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    You’re right, when your team cheated the cap in the mid 90s, and your coach tried to cheat DURING the game by tripping a player, but since your owner essentially tells Goodell what to do, you could sign a reincarnated Adolf Hitler and you’d think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, you little smarmy turdling.

    PS Your own coach said he did exactly what BB did (and numerous other FORMER NFL coaches), when Goodell did what he did for Framegate I in 2007.

    This means your coach of 15 years, Bill Cowher, cheated and cheated a lot.

    Get it?

    Don’t make me post his comments again, little dribblebib.

  16. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:47 PM
    “Best linebacker to ever lace em up !”

    He’s a very good player, that’s undeniable.

    But any player needs more than 3 season on the field to be declared “best ever” at what they do.

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    Just curious, but can you cite what makes Shazier a “very good player”?

    If he is “very good”, Donte Hightower is the best LB who ever lived.

  17. Not to muddle the silliness here with facts, but a couple of points: Shazier was selected to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after CJ Mosley bowed out due to injury. While it is technically true that he “made the Pro Bowl,” being selected as a replacement has as much to do with being healthy enough and available to play in the game as anything. There is no question that Shazier had his best season as a pro last year — 87 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. Anyone who calls him a bust doesn’t watch football. But these are good numbers, not great ones. The 4th year team option is perfect for a guy like Shazier, who has shown flashes of greatness but hasn’t realized his potential enough to earn a second contract. His comments in the article show that he recognizes that he is playing for a lot of future money this season.

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:47 PM
    “Best linebacker to ever lace em up !”

    Seriously? The Ravens had this guy named Lewis who I understand was pretty good. Steelers had a couple guys named Ham and Lambert who were pretty good too. Please tell me you are joking.

  19. Shazier is 100% correct. He could be one of the top five LBs in NFL history, and I think he eventually will be. He does need to stay on the field though.

  20. Here is a direct quote from the comments section at the league’s official website:

    “Very overrated player even when available. He doesn’t have the strength and size to be an effective linebacker. He is a safety pretending to be a linebacker and there are pleny of safeties in the league faster, stronger and better than him.”

    I agree completely. This has nothing to do with me being a Pats fan.

    It has to do with me knowing how overrated he is and how ticked off I’d be if the Pats wasted a 1st rd pick on a guy who should have gone in the 2nd rd.

    Steelers fans are comical.

    I’ll ask again: How does Shazier go to a Pro Bowl as a fill-in behind CJ Mosley, and Donte Hightower gets passed over?

    I know what the answer is, but let’s see if our Steelers fan friends can tell us the reason…We’ll wait for Droolie Boy to swoop in and tell us how smart he is a Steelers fan and how great their franchise in in the cap era..

  21. exiledinphilly says:
    Jul 6, 2017 4:22 PM
    Not to muddle the silliness here with facts, but a couple of points: Shazier was selected to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after CJ Mosley bowed out due to injury. While it is technically true that he “made the Pro Bowl,” being selected as a replacement has as much to do with being healthy enough and available to play in the game as anything. There is no question that Shazier had his best season as a pro last year — 87 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 interceptions. Anyone who calls him a bust doesn’t watch football. But these are good numbers, not great ones. The 4th year team option is perfect for a guy like Shazier, who has shown flashes of greatness but hasn’t realized his potential enough to earn a second contract. His comments in the article show that he recognizes that he is playing for a lot of future money this season.

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    Exactly.Thank you.

    The guy was not worth a 1st rd pick and with other busts like Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree in tow, the reach for him shows up even more now.

    Arthur Moats is a better player than Shazier is.

    Pitt will be forced to pay him, though, because they’re likely embarrassed how few draft picks on D Colbert has hit on for so many years now.

    That’s similar to what the Jets do. If Pitt isn’t smart now and beyond when Ben retires here soon, they’re going to fall into a deep, deep rebuilding hole because they hang onto older players way too long, due to crappy drafts.

  22. exiledinphilly says:
    Jul 6, 2017 4:27 PM
    Sorry — 5th year team option. But the Steelers will need to decide on a new contract after this season.

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    Yep.

    $100 they overpay him because if their front office overrates him as much as their fans do, it will be a terrible contract.

    Unless he takes a discount and is ok with being paid as a middling starting LB, that’s one thing.

  23. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:50 PM

    Another nose in the air arrogant Patriot fan…how rare? Hey jerk check out Tomlin’s record…..Most believe he has got the most out of a team that was in cap hell when he got there yet still has gone to two Super bowels winning one and never having a losing season. Tell me something does having you nose stuck up that high make hard to walk and drive…Putz.
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    In the interest of clarity, which much like reason and civility seems to elude you, I would point out I was responding to a Steelers fan’s ridiculous post demeaning New England’s quarterback and saying it was Pittsburgh’s game plan that made “two-yard tommy” look good again. It’s all about context, coaches create game plans. I did check out the record and Tomlin’s record against teams led by Brady is 1-6. I’m sorry my fact based response to someone posting something as absurd as calling a QB that owns your team on the field as surely as the Rooney’s do on the balance sheet “two-yard tommy” got your depends in a bunch and drove you to resort to infantile name calling. If you take the time to reread it in context or perhaps have your caregiver explain it to you maybe you would find it a little less unsettling.

  24. And here is why Hightower was passed over for the pro bowl and Shazier goes,Shazier,87 tackles,3.5 sacks,3 int’s,Hightower,65 tackles,2.5sacks,0 int’s.Anybody who can look up stats would have found this info.And saying that Hightower is more elite than Shazier is one weak argument considering their stats.and by the way they both missed 3 games last season.Shazier may not have been the one most qualified to play in the pro bowl but neither was Hightower.

  25. The cheaters are getting smacked around in the burg this year as long as Big Ben is under center. The team that claims homefield is the team to beat and it won’t be the cheaters this year.

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