Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley Has Promised To Train With Tom Shaw During The Offseason

For the last two and a half seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has had problems staying healthy, and it’s led to him missing 14 games over a three-year span. With Woodley’s future now in question heading into the offseason, he apparently has agreed to go down to Florida for a month to train under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Tom Shaw thanks to the urging of veteran cornerback Ike Taylor.

“He said he was going to give me a month in the summer time,” Taylor said Tuesday during his radio show on Trib Live Radio. “He said that’s his word, so I got to go on his word.”

Woodley has been training out in Arizona the last few offseasons and Taylor asked him recently to give Shaw a try, as he has worked with him now for several years.

“I told him the last two years, ‘Like Wood, you’ve been training in Arizona and you’ve been hurt for the last two years. Just try coach Shaw one year,'” Taylor said, when asked about how the topic came up after the season ended.

So how does Shaw’s training differ from what Woodley does out in Arizona? According to Taylor, they do a lot of running down at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, and that running sometimes includes running on trails and through sandpits. Taylor believes that will help Woodley, who has been hampered by hamstring and calf injuries the last several seasons.

This isn’t the first time that Shaw’s name has been brought up in relation to Woodley, however. Just last January, Shaw told John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he thought he could help Woodley with his hamstring problems if given the opportunity.

“There are three ways to pull a hamstring — overuse, overstriding and dehydration,” Shaw told Harris. “A linebacker who makes 80 percent of his plays within 10 yards is playing within a box. He shouldn’t hit his (full) stride length. I want Woodley to come down here. He’s a hard worker, but we teach the proper way to run.”

When I first posted about that last year, I wrote that I hoped Woodley would take Shaw up on his offer, but of course we all know how that turned out. Hopefully, Woodley will keep his word with Taylor, because it could save his career that very well might be over in Pittsburgh, depending on how things play out during the offseason.

As for Taylor, this is yet another example of why he is one of my favorite current Steelers players. He leads by example and is as honest and straight forward as they come.

(Thanks to Twitter follower @GroveGroveluis1 for the heads-up on this.)

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • TheBurgh805

    Good finally!! oh and tell him to stop eating cheeseburger

  • Iron Cadet

    i would think that if he was serious he would put in more than a month, but maybe thats the appropriate amount of time idk.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Great news hopefully he gets hooked during that time and stay longer

  • Kusko_Ken

    In my opinion he is about two years too late. i can’t say for certain that LaMarrs injuries are due to his lack of conditioning. But when you see someone like Ike or Antonio Brown, and you know how they condition during the off season, its hard to argue that conditioning doesn’t help maintain good health. Could LaMarr just be unlucky? Maybe. But, honestly i think he likes his gummy bears too much.

  • JohnB

    Last chance or too little too late? Stay tuned.

  • dgh57

    Geez!! It’s about time!!

  • Brandon James

    Too little to late, and what does this show about taylor? If he not back next year its a joke. That man is a presence in that locker room for this team, they should be able to work out a deal.

  • Rob H

    I couldn’t agree more, and I agree with Dave’s comment at the end, Ike is one of the top leaders on a team that has already lost a lot of them. Has he lost a step? Definitely, but he’s still better than any free agent we can afford, and he’s a great mentor for Allen and whatever rookie(s) we pick in the draft. He does need to either take a cut in pay, or sign a modest 2 year extension that GREATLY reduces his cap hit (like Ward did), but to just cut him outright like so many are calling for would be crazy and shortsighted.

  • cp72

    Dave I have a question. If we release Woodley after June 1st and have the extra 8 million in cap space can we carry any of that over to next year to lessen the 8 million dollar hit the following year?

  • Nolrog

    Any of the cap money not used would carry over into the following year. So they would have to intentionally not use that money in order to carry it forward.

  • NW86

    I think, assuming that you’re training elsewhere the rest of the offseason, that a month is an appropriate amount of time.

  • steeltown

    Might be too little too late, but it’s good to hear him trying new things..and to be honest there’s a good chance we keep him this season..so if this cures his ailments then this a good thing

  • steeltown

    Im 98% sure he’ll play at a reduced rate this season, he mentioned back in ’13 that he understands how it works and would be willing to take a paycut under certain circumstance

  • steeltown

    Yes they could, but I think they would use the majority of it on either a FA or the multiple contracts that need to be hashed out over the next 2yrs

  • 243546

    I guess we know what was discussed during Woodley’s exit interview.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Woodley knows that a pay cut is coming and if he isn’t one of the biggest reason to right the ship, the ship is moving on without him.

    He better take the pay cut for us to sign Worrilds and then get his butt into Shaws for several months not just one. He’s not that old to be having so many issues. Give him credit for coming into shape this year but that’s not enough.

  • Callentown

    The ‘term too little too late’ also came to my mind while I was reading this. But, here’s what will happen:

    He’ll finally put in the work that a starting NFL player should be putting in, he’ll leave and become his full potential for another team – hopefully not in our division.

    Thanks for nothing Wood!

  • Jeff

    Woodley was just a little too stubborn for a little too long. If it weren’t for the cap implications, I’d say cut him loose. His word to train with Shaw is at least a trace of a positive attitude, and we haven’t heard any postseason excuses yet about the injuries he incurred during the season. We all know what he can do when he’s healthy, so I say give him ONE more shot to do that.

    Plus, if Woodley is gone, do you feel comfortable with the guys behind him? Jones is still a question mark and we don’t even know if Worilds is coming back. I think the safest bet is to give Wood one more chance.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Wood needs to learn how to run again, work on lateral movement, endurance and stretching. Trust me, I have worked out with guys like Woodley, where they keep getting stronger (just look at his arms and upper body), but neglect everything else. His muscles are too tight because he probably does not stretch.

    Get it right for once.

    Also, he should be kissing Harrison’s feet, for as long as 92 was rushing from the other side, the QB’s were so terror stricken they would subconsciously just move right — to Woodley’s great benefit.

  • walter mason

    What extra 8 million? I thought it was dead money?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree. I also feel like he’s saying that to save his ass.

  • walter mason

    This will probably work better that the “I just sit back and laugh” regimen.

  • David Edward

    Agree, when I played, I lived in the gym and loved pushing the weights around (I literally enjoyed the smell of iron on my hands), but I too struggled with flexibility and pulled a hammy when running sprints. It was due to a combo of a couple of things Shaw mentioned (overstriding and dehydration). I also played Woodley’s position for a year (both R and L), and agree with Shaw that you almost never hit full stride unless you are chasing someone downfield.

    If you watch Woodley, you’ll notice he tends to be a long strider. That isn’t really a good thing for a big guy unless he’s really flexible. I think Shaw would teach him to have quicker feet where he takes shorter, more frequent steps.

  • Chad H

    I wish there was a way to reduce his salary but I don’t see that happening. His injuries are frustrating. His career sacks are 57 compared to Worilds 18. I don’t think we can break the bank for a guy who’s stats this year really didn’t being until he switched sides. But for that matter the Steelers as a whole were playing better so an assumption could be made the Woodleys stats would have improved if he was not injured. A healthy Woodley is a better pass rusher than Worilds. Moving forward they both have an injury history (fans seem to forget Worilds history) are the Steelers between a rock and a hard spot? Yes, but I am not the one ready to say Worilds is the answer. Do we need to resign him? Yes, but let’s look back to a healthy Woodley which one would you rather have? Sorry I will still go with Woodley. I will also say if he his back next year and the injury is back he has to go and the Steelers should not look back.

  • Brandon James

    Why can’t they all be like Taylor. Such a class act.

  • Rick Eger

    Don’t wanna lose that big pay check!

  • Rick Eger

    Woodleys always’ injured, cut his salary and move his fat ass too nose tackle!

  • Rick Eger

    We can’t let Worilds go, you wanna keep Woodley just because hes to expensive to cut? Cut Woodley resign Worilds and eat the dead cap money!

  • Rick Eger

    He hasn’t been healthy for two years.

  • Rick Eger

    Take it or get cut!

  • CrazyTerry

    Too little too late for that salary. Now if he wants to do it , more power to him and better late than never to have him at a REDUCED salary. Cut him if he doesn’t accept a paycut and move on.

    Cap is not a big deal. You either take the entire hit this year or spread it over two. Either way, the cap over the next two years will have savings.

  • Jeff

    To give you the quick answer, No, I don’t want to keep Woodley just because he’s too expensive to cut… Read the whole post, not just parts.

  • John A Stewart

    Don’t trust him he’s not dedicated to the team or himself. This guy is just lazy the best coaching decision Tomlin made was making Woodley get rid of his Segway during training camp I knew from then he really didn’t care.

  • John A Stewart

    And Honey Buns

  • Jeff

    I’m sort of thinking the Steelers are going to keep him too. It’s easy to forget just how good he is when he’s healthy. Hopefully he drops the stubbornness and realizes he’s got a lot to prove.

  • Chad H

    Good argument? He was the most fit coming into this season. Weight wasn’t the issue.

  • Chad H

    Ben and Troy weren’t healthy for 2 years and both played 16 games this year. Yes his salary is high for being injured no argument there. Stats are stats Woodley was one of the best pass rusher over a 3 year span. All I am saying is if he can get the leg issues resolved he could come back to producing good stats again. The other point is Worilds everything some fans want to make him out to be? I don’t know. 4 years 18 sacks, he didn’t beat out Harrison, not Woodley and was losing his job to a rookie. He also has an injury history with stats that didn’t accumulate until the later part of the season. So let’s not put all our eggs in one basket and say that Worilds is our Savior. He is not even the best LB on the team.

  • westcoasteeler

    Day late. Dollar short. Simply put, I hope people don’t fall for this type of game. He didnt think it was important to train w shaw last year, you should be able to train w anyone. I get that. But now he’s sayin he’ll train w shaw?!? So, it is important! What’d he do last year, promote well being? I’m mad at myself for thinking he’d be a leader and a juggernaut on the field.

  • MC

    Id rather see him train with Bommarito performance. They seem to have the most NFL clients and these clients include players such as Gronk, Antonio Brown, Ray Rice, Boldin, MJD, Jason Pierre Paul and heaps more.
    Bommarito always has the fastest and most explosive players at the combine and i’ve seen improvement in Browns agility and speed since he’s been there.

  • MC

    When you’re fatigued you are far more injury prone so i believe you’re right. If Woodley was better conditioned im sure he would get injured far less. Brown goes trains in Florida with a trainer that I think is better than Tom Shaw. Id rather see him train with Brown than Taylor.

  • Mike Carroll

    Woodley had a wonderful chance to be the main leader on defense the last couple of seasons. But not anymore. It looks like it could be Cam Heyward’s defense moving forward. Veteran players like Troy will still get respect, but the next great Steeler defense will be built around a new cast of characters. Cam appears to be a vocal leader that can be a cornerstone for years to come.

  • westcoasteeler

    Couldn’t agree with you more. And if I’m reading the tea leaves correct, Shark Thomas is working towards being the quiet playmaker in the mold of TP43

  • Steve

    Woodley said the same last year to Ike, that he would be down to see Shaw. Just another excuse for his poor performance. Anything to make that Big paycheck.

  • Rick Eger

    To give you a quick answer,,,,,FUCK OFF!

  • Rick Eger

    That was two years ago, he’s had 9 sacks since then.I’m not saying Woirlds is a savior but he’s younger and cheaper than fat assed under motivated Woodley.

  • Rick Eger

    Cut his ass!

  • Rick Eger

    I have doubts about Woodley ever being a force again…..anywhere!

  • Rick Eger

    Then I guess he’s just lazy?

  • Chad H

    You state the obvious in all your comments but fail to back it up with any legitimate argument. We have no idea if Worilds will be cheaper, if he won’t get anymore injuries and what kind of production we will get from him moving forward. The same can be said about Woodley however Woodleys stats are better and when not injuries is a better pass rusher. Like I said it is a tough decision the Steelers have. So with a lack of argumentative points I say “Good bye.”

  • Chad H

    I agree with you. It’s a hard call for the Steelers. Not sure what Ricks point is other than cut him with no back up plan. I guess he is a Chris Carter fan.

  • Steve

    IMO it is not the place or person you train with but the effort you put into the training. Some use it for the “Social” experience and others work very hard. With Woodley saying he will give it a month, sounds like he don’t expect to get much out of it.

  • Jeff

    I didn’t ask you a question… Relax, Rick, it’s just a blog. I have my opinions and you have yours. No need for cursing.

  • Jeff

    There’s no sense arguing with him. This article is littered with his nonsense in the comments section.

  • Jazz

    LaMarr Woodley has had several of years to get off of his Fat A$$ and do some training in the offseason. I’m sure he has heard and read all of the reports about the Steelers dumping him after June 1st. Too little Too late. See Ya! Too many of those guys getting paid too much money and not producing, time to move on.

  • MC

    I respectfully disagree. Having a trainer that is more specialized in drills/excercises/movements/nutrition/recovery can make a phenomoneal difference. If you look on youtube you will find that the trainer i mentioned always has the clients that tested the fastest, strongest and most explosive because of his knowledge on football specific training.
    At the NFL level I doubt any players train for social experience and I think your comment is more in the context of regular people who end up at those flashy gyms just to be seen. The NFL is place where a lot of players from non affluent backgrounds can change their financial situation drastically and I just sincerely doubt any of them are trainer with world renowed trainers just to tag themselves on facebook while they’re at the facitliy.
    I play football in Australia and I made huge strides the last season cause of the person training me. I always put in my all when training but it doesnt matter how much you put in if some of the training you are doing is wrong and counter productive.
    With Woodley, I think he has never been much of a gym junkie and has relied on his freakish genetics and talent for year but eventually every player has to hone his craft with trainers or injuries and lack of production begin to show.

  • Rick Eger

    You’re right, I’m sorry..

  • Rick Eger

    He’ll be cheaper than 61 million dollars.

  • walter mason

    A pay cut? He has ALREADY BEEN PAID in advance. There is no possible chance that he will return the money. Thats why its called dead money. Sure he can be cut but hes already been paid most of his cap hit.

  • walter mason

    wow Rick

  • Rick Eger

    Hey Mr know it all…..guess who was cut?

  • Chad H

    This post was months ago. Grow the fuck up jack ass.

  • Rick Eger

    It doesn’t alter the fact…….Mor on.