Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Steelers' Ryan Shazier says NFL has a Patriots problem

Steelers' Ryan Shazier says NFL has a Patriots problem

"If you look at it that way, the National Football League has a Patriots problem", Shazier told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

"They've been a great team, they have a great leader, and they just find a way to win", Shazier said. "If we want our dreams to unfold in a manner in which we envision them, we have to respect [the process]", he said.

Butler thought that he had Brady and company on the ropes during the regular season, before Brady found tight end Rob Gronkowski and broke the game open.

"We knew at the end of past year we needed to develop more than just spot drop (into coverage) and play zone", Butler said Wednesday after the first of two practices on the second day of minicamp. They have 4-5 weeks to get in the very best condition they can get in. And at any day I feel we can win the Super Bowl.

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Durant has succeeded in gaining the elusive championship ring that he has sought his entire 10-year career. There are decisions that need to be made every single year, and you have to assess the situation as it is.

"We did what we felt like we had to do against (the Patriots) with where our defense was at at the time". Losing to the Patriots again this year does not look to be in Shazier's plans.

"I think we have the team to do it and everybody is prepared to do it", Shazier said.

As the Patriots try to match the Steelers with six Super Bowl titles, the Steelers hope to get past the Patriots for a shot at Lombardi Trophy No. 7. If the two parties are unable to come to a deal after another year of negotiations, Bell can opt to play the 2018 season under the franchise tag and test his value on the free agent market. The Steelers can and most likely will use Bell's suspension and injury history against him during negotiations, but Bell has a considerable amount of leverage when the specifics of the franchise tag are taken into account.

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