Former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had some notable criticism on the current state of the franchise.
Speaking on his podcast, Footbahlin’ with Ben Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl champion said there is no leader on the offensive side of the ball.
“When I left, I was kind of the last guard... [Maurkice] Pouncey left the year before, [David DeCastro] left, like those guys left. And it was like I was the last one there. There was such an age gap from me to everyone else on offense that there just wasn’t that Steeler tradition passed down. You have it on defense, don’t get me wrong. But you don’t have it on offense right now and it’s just making it really hard. You’re not, in my opinion, seeing the toughness on offense. And I say toughness in the sense of Steeler toughness... Like who’s grabbing someone by the facemask and being like ‘uh-uh, that’s not what we do.’ That isn’t happening. And yes, again, you have guys on defense doing it but you need guys on both sides of the ball doing it because when you’re in offensive meetings, when you’re in offensive huddles- when you’re doing that, you’re meeting separately. You need someone to stand up in that room on offense and be like ‘hey, this isn’t what it means to wear the Black & Gold.’”
In an appearance on Good Morning Football, star defensive lineman Cam Heyward as asked about Roethlisberger’s comments, to which he respectfully disagreed with his former teammate.
“You know, Ben has an opinion. He’s entitled to that. But I don’t agree. These last two games [have] been rough, but the Steelers way is about grinding it out and it doesn’t matter what’s going on. So there’s plenty to be done about it and the tradition starts by winning games, having a good defense, and scoring points. So hopefully we can adjust that this week.”
The Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts in a battle of 7-6 teams in which the loser may be all but eliminated from playoff contention. Pittsburgh hasn’t lost to the Colts since the 2008 season, and they haven’t lost in Indianapolis since 2005.