May 20, 2015 tomshaw_qqq7aq

Complacent? Not the Steelers

The Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII four days ago. Plenty of time for some well-deserved celebrating and merriment at the conclusion of a long season. Good times for all. Time’s up, fellows. Now get back to work. This weekend, Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and some of his teammates are expected to attend the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, training under the direction of speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw. They’ll assist with the development of potential NFL draft picks while also beginning their offseason workouts. Cornerbacks Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden, an unrestricted free agent, will join Holmes, with defensive captain James Farrior traveling to Florida after playing in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. So much for Super Bowl complacency setting in among the Steelers. “A lot of guys,” Shaw said, “start feeling sorry for themselves: ‘It’s been a long season. My shoulders hurt.’ You can’t do that. You’ve got to get right back into it.” Holmes — who trained with Shaw last offseason and, like Taylor, has a home in the Orlando, Fla., area to be closer to the Disney complex — caught the winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLIII in the game’s final minute. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Holmes’ superior conditioning made him a better player. Holmes had nine receptions for 131 yards against Arizona in the Steelers’ 27-23 win and scored three touchdowns in the postseason. “I think it started with (last) offseason,” Tomlin said. “He came in great physical condition, much better than he was in ’07. This is a guy who has a desire to be great. He’s willing to do what it takes to make it happen.” Holmes, Taylor and Farrior all enjoyed their best seasons with the Steelers. Taylor was named a Pro Bowl alternate and provided tough one-on-one coverage against Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald, holding him to one reception through the first three quarters of Super Bowl XLIII. Farrior, 34, led the team in tackles for the fifth time in six seasons and was named to his second Pro Bowl. “A lot of guys not only look to (Farrior) in terms of how they prepare to play football games, but how to prepare over a 12-month calendar,” Tomlin said. “This is a guy who is in great condition 12 months a year, takes a couple of weeks off, and then gets back about the business of preparing himself for the next one. Guys followed that model.” Several players had dinner with Shaw in Tampa the week prior to Super Bowl XLIII. NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, starting inside linebacker Larry Foote, cornerbacks Deshea Townsend and Anthony Madison, and safety Tyrone Carter all made plans to train with Shaw this offseason. “Quite a few guys said they were coming down,” Shaw said. “That’s the big thing. You start getting more and more guys because they see the results.”

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