Ryan Shazier: “We’re going to get back on track”

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The Steelers slipped to 3-2 on Sunday via the worst home loss since 2006. The 30-9 defeat has sparked plenty of chatter and criticism, primarily directed to the offensive side of the ball.

One of the key players on the defensive side of the ball believes everything will be fine.

“I feel like the team’s going to be all right,” linebacker Ryan Shazier said during a visit to Thursday’s PFT Live. “You know, everybody from the outside looking in always has something to say and they don’t really know what’s going on in our locker room, and when things don’t go the way that everybody from the outside looking in expects it to go, they always find a way to attack the team or attack the leadership on the team. I think that’s whats happening right now, but I feel like everything’s fine. We’re going to get back on track and then we’re just going to have to let everybody from the outside looking in jump back on the bandwagon when everything’s going back the way we want it to.”

The fact that Shazier hopes the team will get back on track implies that there’s a need to get back on track.

“I understand that it’s a lot of stuff going on, and at the end of the day we just can’t allow those things to be distractions and we’ve just got to play football, because those little things can end up getting bigger and bigger throughout the year, and we just got to grow up and just play football and focus on football, because that’s what our job is,” Shazier said. “So I think we’re going to get back on track and throughout the rest of the season we’re going to be fine.”

Shazier believes that, to a certain extent, the Steelers have become a victim of their success.

“[A]fter a while when you get a lot of attention, people are always going to find something to pick at and I think that’s what the offense, that’s what they’re trying to do,” Shazier said. “They’re always trying to find something to pick at with our offense, and I think that’s why people are starting to question the things that are going on, but we know that they’re going to be back on track. We know that they’re going to be all right and I think that we’re going to be fine.”

 

The process of getting to the point where everything is fine has yet to result in a players-only meeting.

“Not yet, because honestly we don’t feel like we need it,” Shazier said. “We all understand the scenario. We all understand the importance of what’s going on through the season and honestly I feel like everybody knows what they need to do and what we need to get done. If you can just look in the eyes of each other and talk to each other and just see what’s going on then we can tell that, ‘Hey everything’s not going the way we want to,’ and honestly I think that’s going to get us back on track.”

They can go a long way toward getting back on track if the Steelers beat the Chiefs on Sunday. It would push the Steelers to 4-2 and immediately change the narratives that have emerged after the Week Five failure against Jacksonville.

27 responses to “Ryan Shazier: “We’re going to get back on track”

  1. Other than AB, Shazier is the one of the few guys on that team that still has that attitude of a “Steeler” and the athletic ability. As a Ravens fan I hate to see that

  2. Chiefs are pretty banged up, 4 starters on offense and 4 on defense, but they still have so many guys that can score. They’re down their #2 WR but the #4 guy replacing him has more speed and may be a bigger threat. Kelce possibly being out would be big for Pitt too.

  3. Fans aren’t jumping off the ship. Further, we aren’t having to wonder what’s going on in the locker room because you guys are quick to tell us…we don’t have to guess. I mean, AB even films it for all the world to see. Just like the Anthem/Gatorade tantrum, AB actually thinks Big Ben, would “punish” not only him but the entire team by purposely not throwing him the ball…come on. You want to get back on track? Closing ranks, and keeping your mouths shut, would be a great start.

  4. carloswlassiter says:
    October 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    As a Patriot fan I’m loving this.

    Either the Steelers win and knock KC from the unbeatens, or they lose and continue their downward spiral.

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    Love it!

  5. steelpenguin6687 says:

    Fans aren’t jumping off the ship. Further, we aren’t having to wonder what’s going on in the locker room because you guys are quick to tell us…we don’t have to guess. I mean, AB even films it for all the world to see. Just like the Anthem/Gatorade tantrum, AB actually thinks Big Ben, would “punish” not only him but the entire team by purposely not throwing him the ball…come on. You want to get back on track? Closing ranks, and keeping your mouths shut, would be a great start.

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    YES!!! Exactly! Amen!

  6. justtherealfacts says:
    October 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    The only qb in history with two 500 yd games may put up his third this week just to stick it to the haters and the media!
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    I love these sorts of comments.

    Both those games were in Pittsburgh. The first one was against a Packer team with a great offense and a defense bad enough to give up 51 points to Arizona in the playoffs.

    The second was against the Colts D. No further comment necessary.

    But I think you’re right that Ben will be out there throwing it all over the field to prove to the guy who said he didn’t have it anymore that he was wrong, even if the game plan calls for Bell to rush it 40 times as their best chance to win.

  7. The Steelers are Done !!! Big Ben is on a steep decline with his skills starting to diminish, I think this is going to be his last year. Part of Big Bens horrible play thus far I think has to do with having foot out the door already w/ Ben consistently talking about retirement over the off-season I don’t think his heart in it 100% any longer & its effecting his game. With Ben likely retiring after this season the Steelers are going to have an unmitigated disaster at the QB position next year after Big Ben retires.

  8. As a Steeler fan, I’m kind of flattered that Patriots fans even care what we do. It’s nice that we’re important enough to enjoy our struggles even though when we haven’t made you guys sweat in the last 20 years when we’ve played each other.

  9. Haters are funny. Steelers haven’t had a losing decade since 1970. Nothing’s gonna change. Once 2020 hits, it’ll be 50 years of winning. Go ahead, check the facts haters.

  10. jim699 says:
    October 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    As a Steeler fan, I’m kind of flattered that Patriots fans even care what we do. It’s nice that we’re important enough to enjoy our struggles even though when we haven’t made you guys sweat in the last 20 years when we’ve played each other.
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    The enjoyment we derive stems from the fact that the Steelers – despite the one-sided nature of the “rivalry” with NE – have not stopped yapping about what’s going to happen next time, or their lethal offense, or how the Patriots have only won all those SBs because they play in the AFC east (ignoring all the evidence that shows that NE has owned the AFC north), or complaining about the officiating or telling us Brady will be snapped in half by James Harrison, etc.

  11. So far the Steelers have faced: 1) DeShone Kizer 2) Case Keenum 3) Mike Glennon 4) Joe Flacco 5) Blake Bortles and are 3-2 barely squeaking out a win against the Browns 21-18 because of a Steeler special teams blocked put touchdown.

    This was the SOFT part of their schedule and Big Dummy couldn’t out duel Mike Glennon and Blake Bortles and almost lost to DeShone Kizer.

    That’s just how good Big Bum is.

  12. Xavier179 says:

    October 12, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    You can do your part by not being so careless with your ball handling.
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    You do realize Shaker isn’t on offense and doesn’t “ball handle”? And you do realize he has 2 Ints so far this year and was the reason for a 3rd with a pass break up.

    Shows how uninformed you are.

  13. jim699 says:
    October 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm
    As a Steeler fan, I’m kind of flattered that Patriots fans even care what we do. It’s nice that we’re important enough to enjoy our struggles even though when we haven’t made you guys sweat in the last 20 years when we’ve played each other.

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    I think you’re missing the point. We enjoy your delusions. Not as much as Jets fans or Bills fans, or even Dolphins fans, but we still enjoy them.

    The Colts are so pathetic, they’ve sort of fallen off the radar. Baltimore, too.

    So, you have that going for you.

  14. As a Steeler fan, I’m kind of flattered that Patriots fans even care what we do. It’s nice that we’re important enough to enjoy our struggles even though when we haven’t made you guys sweat in the last 20 years when we’ve played each other.

    I wouldn’t call the comments of a couple of cherry picking trolls flattery. They are just bored looking for someone to harass hoping their comment upsets someone. It’s not related to the Steelers as a compliment by any means. They are not Nobel prize winning authors.

  15. Tomlin might be a “players’ coach” but when it comes to X’s and O’s and game planning he’s beaten nearly every single week. I’m tempted to pick the upset but Big Ben isn’t the same QB on the road (last week’s 5 INT home game aside) and this Steelers team can’t decide which loudmouth to feed.
    KC 31 PIT 30 in the best game of the week.

  16. jman967 says:
    October 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    You do realize Shaker isn’t on offense and doesn’t “ball handle”? And you do realize he has 2 Ints so far this year and was the reason for a 3rd with a pass break up.
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    Shazier is a stud. I wish he was on the Patriots. I think he is the Steelers’ best player, but is not enough of a self-promoter to get noticed with AB on the team.

  17. You do realize Shaker isn’t on offense and doesn’t “ball handle”? And you do realize he has 2 Ints so far this year and was the reason for a 3rd with a pass break up.
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    Shazier is a stud. I wish he was on the Patriots. I think he is the Steelers’ best player, but is not enough of a self-promoter to get noticed with AB on the team.

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    This is not a fan of football how can he know what side of the ball Shazier plays on. When you are a water cooler troll,you can miss the important details….but that doesn’t stop a determined troll.

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