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    Ben Roethlisberger is actively hurting the Steelers proper now

    In a current interview, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opened up about his ideas on the workforce — possibly he shouldn’t have. 

    As a lot as soccer is a brutally bodily recreation, the technique required to succeed creates an inextricable psychological component. Ben Roethlisberger, the workforce’s franchise quarterback for 18 years, have to be aware of that.

    So when Roethlisberger determined to supply his ideas in an unique interview with The Pittsburgh Put up=Gazette’s Ron Prepare dinner, he needed to know that his feedback wouldn’t be serving to in the present day’s locker room. Based mostly on his feedback, it didn’t look like Large Ben was involved about whom he would possibly offend or the distractions he would possibly trigger.

    Throughout his interview, Roethlisberger referred to as out Kevin Colbert for wanting him to depart (although he appears like he may have performed this yr), faculty athletes for being “coddled”, and blamed Rashard Mendenhall for fumbling away Tremendous Bowl XLV.

    Beneath are Ben’s alternative phrases for youthful athletes coming into the NFL with a “me-type angle”:

    “I really feel like the sport has modified. I really feel just like the folks have modified in a way. Possibly it’s as a result of I acquired spoiled once I got here in. The workforce was so essential. It was all concerning the workforce. Now, it’s about me and this, that and the opposite.

    I is perhaps standing on a soapbox just a little bit, however that’s my largest takeaway from once I began to the tip. It turned from a team-first to a me-type angle. It was exhausting. It’s exhausting for these younger guys, too. Social media. They’re handled so effectively in faculty. Now, this new NIL stuff, which is unbelievable. They’re handled so particular. They’re coddled at a younger age as a result of faculty coaches want them to win, too. I do know coach [Terry] Hoeppner by no means coddled me [at Miami of Ohio]. Neither did [Bill] Cowher.”

    Contemplating that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are from the identical period and aren’t criticizing their youthful teammates, it’s not an excellent search for Ben Roethlisberger. And if he did work together with youthful gamers who weren’t targeted on the workforce, he may have motivated them by setting an instance and talking with instantly moderately than denigrating a complete era of gamers after retiring.

    Ben Roethlisberger undermines Steelers gamers, brass in distracting interview

    In fact, Roethlisberger wasn’t achieved fairly but. He additionally made certain everybody knew precisely who wished him to retire and who didn’t, which serves no goal to share at this level in addition to to make folks look unhealthy. Pitting Steelers normal supervisor Kevin Colbert towards Steelers proprietor Artwork Rooney publicly doesn’t change what occurred — it simply ensures that everybody is conscious of who’s at fault for Ben’s departure.

    “It was largely Kevin [Colbert]. He was prepared to maneuver on. I feel Mike [Tomlin] was just a little prepared to maneuver on, however I feel he was OK with me coming again. I feel Mr. [Art] Rooney actually wished me to return again final yr to play. …

    I assumed I went out on my phrases. I by no means wished to remain too lengthy. I do know some folks would possibly assume I did. ‘You stayed final yr.’ However I assumed I performed fairly effectively final yr, to be sincere. My arm appears like I nonetheless may exit and play. I’m fairly assured I may nonetheless play. Nevertheless it’s every single day. It’s psychological. Not having to organize for camp and the season has been the most important blessing for me. I’m positive with the place I’m at with every thing.”

    Roethlisberger additionally appears to assume that he may nonetheless play at an NFL stage, ignoring the truth that his arm power dwindled considerably in 2021 and was a serious hindrance in the course of the playoffs.

    There was nonetheless extra blame to go round, with Roethlisberger blaming his Tremendous Bowl loss to the Packers on Rashard Mendenhall.

    “That was powerful. It nonetheless stings. We misplaced [Maurkice Pouncey] proper earlier than that recreation. I nonetheless assume, ‘What if? What if he’s in a position to play?’ He was such a distinct playmaker for us. I look again at it and assume, man. …

    I do know some Packers. I’ve talked to them. We have been beginning to make just a little little bit of a run, driving down the sphere. They have been nervous. A few guys have been like, ‘Right here they go.’ It will have been enjoyable to see what would have occurred [if Rashard Mendenhall hadn’t fumbled].”

    Simply because the Packers agree with Roethlisberger’s doesn’t imply that he must publicly blame a former teammate. Additionally, if Ben is a “team-first” man like he proclaims to be, why would he blame a Tremendous Bowl loss on one play? Turning factors and momentum are components that may genuinely affect the result of a recreation, however a loss can’t be drawn down to at least one mistake, as a lot as some may need that have been true. If the New England Patriots may overcome two turnovers that resulted in touchdowns in a Tremendous Bowl, what’s Ben’s excuse?

    As soon as once more, if Ben have been actually a “team-first” participant, he wouldn’t have divulged all of this in an interview about retirement. He went out of his approach to criticize modern gamers, anybody who doubted his enjoying capacity, and his teammates from a Tremendous Bowl by which he additionally contributed to the loss. Doing this forward of coaching camp creates pointless turmoil and places the highlight again on him, which was clearly the intention.

    Ben had good issues to say concerning the workforce’s present quarterbacks, providing recommendation concerning the sorts of gamers and leaders they need to be. If solely he adopted that recommendation and provided the identical type of grace to the teammates and group that supported him through the years.

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