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Steelers News: The Steelers are looking to upgrade their leadership from the top down

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning on upgrading their leadership...and it all starts from the top with Mike Tomlin.

Let’s get to the news:

  • The Steelers realize after the past few seasons the leadership on the team must improve. What was a breathe of fresh air was when Mike Tomlin took charge and said it all starts with him. From the top down.

Steelers’ Mike Tomlin aims to improve leadership in 2019

By: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

But in his first public comments since the season ended, Tomlin laid out exactly what he needs on his roster in 2019 -- less antics, less holdouts, less Bell and Brown.

”We can’t do this with hostages, man. We need volunteers,” Tomlin told the small group of Pittsburgh media. “We need good players, good guys who want to be here. If guys can’t check those boxes, it’s probably best for all parties involved that we go our separate ways.”

Tomlin acknowledged the Bell and Brown relationships ran their course, but he stressed the Steelers have plenty of good players -- namely, two Pro Bowlers (James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster) at the positions Brown and Bell play.

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  • One of Ben Roethlisberger’s closest friends early in his career might not have been a player, but a coach. Roethlisberger and Bruce Arians had a very close relationship, and this relationship continues even with Arians now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Obviously, Arians had something to say about the recent criticism towards Roethlisberger.

Bruce Arians on criticism of Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger: ‘Guys need to have thicker skin’

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Speaking in Arizona at the NFL annual meetings, Arians was asked about Roethlisberger’s leadership qualities, which have come into question after criticism from former teammates Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell this offseason.

Arians told The Athletic that Roethlisberger is “one of the best I’ve ever been around.”

“Guys have to have thicker skin, man,” Arians said, according to ESPN, in reference to Bell and Brown. “(Roethlisberger is) the leader. He’s the guy. Early in his career everybody said, ‘Hey, you’re not vocal enough.’ But you had Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca and you didn’t have to be. It’s his team.“

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  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are at a crossroads, and how they move forward, and more importantly how they handle themselves, could have a direct link to the success they see on the football field.

Paul Zeise: The high road is the right path for the Steelers

By: Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Tomlin met with the media Monday in Phoenix for the first time since the Steelers were ripped by former players Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The duo threw a lot of pointed criticisms at the Steelers about the culture in the locker room, the way Ben Roethlisberger is treated and Tomlin’s leadership.

This was the perfect chance for Tomlin to fire back, and it would have been really easy to do. There were many who were hoping Tomlin would come out with cannons blazing. This was his chance to put those two in their place and change the narrative about the Steelers in the national media.

If that is what you wanted from Tomlin, well, you were probably very disappointed. Not only did Tomlin refuse to fire darts at Bell and Brown or defend the Steelers culture, he essentially brushed the questions aside and said it is time to move on.

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  • For those who thought the NFL would go all AAF or XFL and allow a 4th and 15 from their own 35-yard line to be the same as an onside kick, it isn’t going to happen.

NFL owners reject onside kick alternative proposal

By: Jeremy Bergman,

There will be no changes to the onside kick this season despite the best efforts of the Denver Broncos and the competition committee.

NFL owners rejected a proposal, proposed by Denver, “to provide an alternative onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game an opportunity to maintain possession of the ball after scoring,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday from the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix.

The alternative would have afforded teams the opportunity, a maximum of once per game during the fourth quarter only, to convert a fourth-and-15 from its own 35-yard line in lieu of attempting an onside kick.

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  • Team President Art Rooney II speaks to’s Missi Mathews