It dismissed them entirely.
"This organization knows how to do it, and we're one of the top teams the past decade," Foote said. "I don't know where's he's coming from, and I don't take it too seriously, but we're a top program. Everybody knows that."
The Steelers tied with Green Bay for the fourth-most wins since 2008, and have been in two Super Bowls in that time, winning one. No other team has two Super Bowl appearances in that time.
Foote has always been a vocal leader among the team, but his return this offseason (he was a free agent before the Steelers signed him to a three-year deal in March) wasn't totally expected. With a shallow group of inside linebackers behind Foote and Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers hope to be hungry enough at the position to last through the season without having that depth tested.
Timmons and Foote were two of the team's most durable players during the season, finishing first and second, respectively, in defensive snaps last year.