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Podcast: Why the Pittsburgh media is scared to criticize Ben Roethlisberger

In a brand new show titled ‘Yeah, I said it’, we talk about some burning topics surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Throughout the entire Antonio Brown/Pittsburgh Steelers/Mike Tomlin/Ben Roethlisberger saga, a lot has come to light. Some of it seems to have legs, while other reports seem more fallacy than factual.

Brown has received the vast majority of criticism over the events which took place, and rightfully so, but he isn’t the only one. Mike Tomlin has had his share, Art Rooney II and the Steelers organization has been in the cross hairs, and Roethlisberger’s leadership tactics have also been heavily questioned throughout the past month.

Which begs a bigger question regarding the Steelers’ franchise quarterback.

For as much as he criticizes others, why is there so little criticism of him, and his play? It seems the media are quick to pounce on other players who make critical mistakes, but when it comes to Roethlisberger the rules change.

This isn’t to suggest Roethlisberger wasn’t criticized after some duds, like the 5 interception game vs. the Jaguars in 2017, but it just seems as if the media draws a line in the sand with Roethlisberger and never crosses it.

This is where the newest BTSC podcast “Yeah, I Said It” comes in. Saying the media is scared to criticize the franchise quarterback could ruffle some feathers, but sometimes things still need to be said. My co-host on ‘The Standard is the Standard’, Lance Williams, is the perfect man for the job, and delivers the goods in the latest show.

Check out the audio below:

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