But to hear one of his teammates tell it -- staying anonymous, obviously -- Woodley's injuries and "awful" performance (four sacks on the year) were because "he wasn't in shape."
"He was awful," an anonymous Steelers player told Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He tells us he works out, but we didn't see it. He wasn't in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt."
Anonymous teammates are just the worst, aren't they? (A: Yes, they are.) And safety Ryan Clark, appearing on NFL AM on Monday, said he thinks that it's a result of the Steelers not being as close-knit as they used to be.
"That shows that this team that is normally close, you had the Joey Porters, the Alan Fanecas, just down the line, leader after leader, this team was close-knit," Clark said. "It shows there is a fracture in that. I think that is the most disappointing thing about that coming out."
What's interesting about Clark's comments is that he doesn't say "what bothers me most is how untrue the comments are." His biggest issue is that the comment was made, which makes you wonder whether he agrees.
We'll see if the comments motivate him; if he's aggressively working out this early into the offseason, it's a good bet that he's feeling some pressure to improve on 2012. And if he does, the Steelers are a good bet to be competitive once again, even though the 2013 roster is all but guaranteed to feature a few different faces from last year's rendition.