Devin Bush Says He's Not Shazier, But Ready to Win

Tomlin says 'we are equally fired up about his intangibles'

Jeff Hathhorn
April 26, 2019 - 12:06 am

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Devin Bush said he’s not Ryan Shazier, but he’s loving the moment that’s he’s now a Pittsburgh Steeler and eventually the team expects him to be the quarterback of their defense.

“Ryan Shazier was a great player, still is,” Bush said.  “I hope to see him soon.  He will be back.” 

“I’m just ready to be Devin Bush.  I’m not trying to compare myself to Ryan Shazier or anybody else, I’m going to come in and be Devin Bush.”

Losing Shazier was a big blow to a Steelers defense that seemed to be turning the corner.  So Colbert and four other different staffers watched the Michigan All-American play live and felt like they have the answer at middle linebacker.  Enough to give up and second a third round pick to get him.

“His game is really predicated for what is needed to play the position in modern-day NFL football,” Colbert said.  “Because not only can he play the run, but he’s got exceptional cover abilities and he can also rush the passer.”

“The coverage ability, but I don’t want to underscore his blitzing capabilities too,” head coach Mike Tomlin said of Bush's abilities.  “I think that was as exciting to me as his coverage.  He’s an exciting all-situations linebacker and to have that type of athleticism in the second level of defense is critical in today’s NFL.”

“We are equally as fired up about his intangibles,” Tomlin added.  “He comes from a football family.  He’s a football guy.  Everybody speaks highly of him not only as a player, but as a person.  His leadership skills are unquestioned.”

Bush’s father played at Florida State and was a member of the St. Louis Rams championship team.  Bush was a decorated Florida high school player and became the Big 10 defensive player and linebacker of the year in 2018.

Colbert said Bush would be ready to play special teams right now and it’s up to the coaches when he is ready to start at linebacker, but noted they have eight year veteran inside linebacker Mark Barron as well.  Barron signed as a free this off-season for two years at 12 million.

Bush said he can cover from sideline to sideline and that putting on the black and gold means everything to him. 

So does something else that he said seven times during an 18 second answer as to why he fits well in Pittsburgh.   Winning.

“I think I’m a good fit because I love to win,” Bush said.  “This team wants to win and I’m a guy who loves to win.  Just put me in the team nucleus and (you’re) able to put a guy who loves to win, that’s how it’s going to be.  Gonna have a winning attitude, gonna go to practice to win and going to do everything to win.  That’s what they are looking for.”

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