There is a general level of angst throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base in regarding their off the field issues, which seem to be plaguing the team now for the past few seasons.
Whether you are talking about Ben Roethlisberger's suspension in 2010, James Harrison one-game ban in 2011, or the more recent escapades of Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant, some fans have thrown their hands up in the air and said, "What is going on?!"
With the issues ongoing, and the team to be without Bell for the first three games of 2016 and Bryant the entire season, who is to blame for these issues?
Do you blame Kevin Colbert for being the overall evaluator of talent and who made these selections?
Do you blame Mike Tomlin as the head coach and cultivator of the team?
Do you blame the Front Office and Art Rooney II?
Or do you blame the players themselves?
Either way, there are a million ways you can slice this pie, but it ultimately comes down to just a few factors.
- The player
- Their current standing with the league and team (past issues)
- Their production
The emphasis in this case should be on the last facet of a team's decision on how to handle a player with off-field issues.
Nonetheless, I take a stab at answering the question regarding who is to blame for these issues, and how it is impacting the fictitious "culture" and "Steelers Way" fans wax poetically about on a daily basis. Take a listen to the latest Steelers Connection, brought to you by VSporto.
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