Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler is very happy that LaMarr Woodley showed up to camp in shape this season, unlike the past two years.
“Right now, Wood is where we need to have him,” Butler said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He looks good. He looks real good.”
Butler claims he spoke to Woodley during the offseason about getting into shape.
“We talked about it,” Butler said. “You think about the logistics of the NFL: A team is paying you $7-8 million dollars and they aren’t paying you to watch from the sidelines. I am a coach and they don’t pay me $7-8 million to stand on the sidelines and that’s what he’s been doing. If you are not on the field, you can’t earn your money. They might pay for one year, but they aren’t going to pay for the next year. That is the matter-of-fact of the NFL.”
With James Harrison now in Cincinnati, the Steelers need Woodley to lead this year’s crop of linebackers.