Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley Says He Will Not Be Training With Tom Shaw During The Offseason

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley said Monday on Sports Talk 1040 Radio in Florida that he has no intentions on training with renowned trainer Tom Shaw down in Florida this offseason.

Shaw, who currently trains Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and a number of other NFL players down at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, offered Woodley an invitation to train with him after the season ended and help him avoid the hamstring injuries that have cost him games the last two seasons.

“No I won\’t,” Woodley said, when asked if he would be training with Shaw during the offseason.  “I\’ve seen that on Twitter and the thing is that a lot of people don\’t know is that I only missed one game due to my hamstring this season. The other injury is due to a high ankle sprain. So if any trainer, or anybody that is listening or on Facebook can show me how to avoid a high ankle sprain, then I\’ll come train with you.”

Woodley first injured his hamstring early in the Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and it forced him to miss the next game against the Tennessee Titans as a result.

The Steelers linebacker returned in Week 7 and started every week until suffering the high ankle sprain early in the Week 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns. That injury resulted in Woodley missing the next two games.

Woodley recorded only 38 tackles in 2012 to go along with 4 sacks and 1 interception.

  • Isaac Reveles

    should slap woodley at nose tackle, hes big enough now

  • Alex K

    Rationalizing laziness…

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    No heart

  • steeltown

    Hmmm.. well lets hope you dont hurt your hamstring (again) and or have another subpar year. I for one would like to see more production from our “star” LB… I’ll leave it at that

  • Kenneth Wilt

    It would help his “rep” if he would at least tell people what kind of training he IS doing.

  • dgh57

    What about 2011 season when you missed games because of hamstring issues Mr. Woolley?!!!

    Time to draft a OLB in this years draft not to replace Harrison but Woodley!! Your backup had more sacks than you had and saw far fewer snaps.

  • How frustrating it must be for the FO when you pay a man a 60 million dollar contract to play OLB for an average of 3 tackles per game played and 1 sack every 3 games…That’s just deplorable. He says his hammys were fine so???? He just sucked then??? With that attitude, I would be suprised if he does any offseason training at all. Hey Wood, we beg of you to please TIGHTEN UP!!..

  • DoctorNoah

    I am curious as to why people think Woodley had such a seemingly poor year. The whole, “no heart” thing is a load of crap, IMO. What was happening from a strategic standpoint – was his number not getting called on blitzes? Or are our defensive schemes too predictable and not giving us the advantages we need? Are we really confusing anyone on defense anymore, because, in this league, relying on pure physicality and speed is rarely enough. Just think how our D-line has looked amateurish against trap-blocking teams and you see where strategy and execution trumps ability.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I hate the idea of guaranteeing this him another $9m this year in a restructure.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Bulking up to move to NT position.

  • MDPensFan

    Woodley will be too busy training with Bob Evans, Betty Crocker, and Pizza Hut.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    In fairness, those are good points. Another unknown factor is opponents have NO need to double-team our DEs Ziggy or Heywood. Ziggy & Heywood each get stood-up manhandled too easily by one guy. Move the nastier McClendon to DE, & get more FA’s like McClendon.

  • Dominic Johns

    I highly agree.

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  • Clint Martin

    Actually his base salary is 9 Million with a 2.6 Million signing bonus and another 1,640,000 Million Misc. bonus so that adds up to be 13,240,000 Million for the 2013 year. and against the cap. Boo Yaahh

  • steeltown

    Sorry, but when a DE (Keisel) and a backup LB (Worilds) are accumulating more sacks then you are.. there is a problem…. I would call that a seemingly poor year.. But hey, he’s only the 2nd highest paid Steeler ever

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I don’t think his play the last 2 years warrants him being the second highest paid player on the team. The contract he was given was based on the expectation he would exceed what he did his first 3 years in the league. Instead, he has been injured or regressed the last 2 years.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I don’t question his heart. I think he is a good player. But, at his pay rate, there needs to be output (sacks) and he needs to make the people in front of him better, not the other way around.

  • Kysteeler

    Oh course Tom Shaw= no more twinkies

  • mlc43

    This is really what he was saying, “No, I will not make any attempt to improve my conditioning and lose some weight so I can be a more productive pass rusher. The off season is the only time I have to spend all that money that I got signing that huge contract I don’t deserve. Now I gotta go, I have 5 pizzas on the way.”

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    All I know if he got paid and and his level of play took a nose dive. You hear more about his off the field antics of buying bowling teams, being in commercials, and running his mouth about Flacco now then him making splash plays and getting sacks. Why wouldn’t he take Tom Shaw up on his offer? This is obviously Shaw’s profession and is an expert at training players. If he doesn’t think so then he should look at Ike Taylor’s history of being healthy. So either Lamarr has no desire to train hard or just has to heart elsewhere….maybe the bowling alley?

  • Henry

    His cap hit is 13 million next year. He better bring it.

  • Henry

    No more twinkies anyway; Hostess went under. A Fattie’s living hell.

  • Jason White

    You took those words right from my head didn’t you lol. I was gonna say the same thing. Woodley used to play beside Aaron Smith and that needs no explaining. Ziggy for as strong and as athletic as he is should dominate the guy across from him causing the offense to account for him. Instead they can send their grandma to block Ziggy. Im not saying he should start at DE but if you put McLendon beside Woodley I think you would start to see a rise in Woodley’s production.

  • zyzak

    Who the fuck says he’s lazy

  • zyzak

    According to the coaches Woodley is no heavier than his rookie year. Who on here has weighed him? Thought so. Same people who think Ben is fat.

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  • carbolaw

    Well then perhaps he should visit the mayo clinic site that discusses being overweight combined with playing sports increases the likelihood of all ankle sprains including the high ankle sprain. Further, balance training and stride training have both been shown to reduce the risk of ankle sprains. A trainer could help him to engage in this type of training while also helping to address the weight issue….

  • mlc43

    Are you serious? Did you ever play football? Stretching the truth as far as weight, be it up or down, is very common among the coaching staff. Being an obvious Steelers fan I would think you would remember Bettis joking about how they fudged his weight (lower) than he was. C’mon man…if it looks fatter and acts fatter, well….it’s probably fatter.

  • Michael Pearce

    Lamarr really needs to get in better shape and improve on whatever he has been doing in previous offseasons because he is’nt doing something right. He looks like he wants to go down the road of Kendrell Bell. Shaw would have been a great step to getting in better shape for next season. Too bad.

  • Mike Carroll

    Why did Woodley stink last year? It was common for opponents to easily block him with one player, at times accomplishing that task with a tight end. He was practically never in the backfield pressuring the quarterback. Ed Bouchette recently wrote in the Post Gazette that 34 year old Brett Kiesel led all Steeler players with 40 QB pressures last year, more than twice any other player! Wow! Woodley is supposed to be in the prime of his career and a major star LB in the NFL (based on his salary) and he cannot generate even half the QB pressures that Kiesel did? On top of that, LaMarr was likely considered a real candidate to step up as a significant new leader on the defense. Instead, Woodley was easily the biggest disappointment on the whole Steelers team based on his cost/value this past season.

  • Mike Carroll

    It’s tough to argue that Woodley benefitted that much from Aaron Smith. Smith averaged a mere 5 games played per season for his final three years from 2009-2011. Ziggy Hood was playing beside Woodley plenty in the those years and Lamarr managed to play well then.

    But, it is clear that Woodley has not played well since he first damaged his hamstring in the 2011 week 8 game vs NE. Up to that point he was having an awesome season and he terrorized Brady for 3 quarters (in spite of Brady’s use of the quick passing game) prior to the injury.

  • Mike Carroll

    Agree completely. Woodley is paid to be a star LB in the NFL and should make things easier on those players around him.

  • Mike Carroll

    Because the team must retain (actually regain) some leverage in his contract. The more they defer salary cap money with LaMarr, the more they lose their ability to cut him without suffering a catastrophic dead money cap hit. And if 2013 is a repeat of 2012 for Woodley, you can bet the team will be exploring cutting him at that point.

  • zyzak

    Your an idiot

  • another year like 2012 and woodley will be training with the tampa bay bucs.

  • I hear that. He just basically admitted injury didn’t really affect his performance. What are we supposed to blame it on then?

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    In 2009 Aaron Smith played all of the season but 5 games…..Lamarr registered a career high 13.5 sacks. And those 13.5 didn’t come in the first 5 games….look up the tape this year. Fullbacks, tight ends and back up RTs from the street handled him. If you don’t believe me watch the San Diego game.

  • mlc43

    C’mon…no need to get all huffy. However, if you are going to to call someone an idiot, please do it correctly. People may wonder who the idiot is. Hint…you’re. Have a nice day. 😉

  • Alex K

    His large gut screams out the fact regularly.

  • steeltown

    Agreed… and even more sad, the DE’s in a 3-4 system are meant to eat up blockers and create lanes for the LB’s to get QB pressure, if the DE’s get pressure thats just an added bonus and usually due to extra effort and dominant play in the trenches…. Whats Woods excuse?