You can’t always believe everything you read. Yes, I realize as an editor of a Pittsburgh Steelers website this could be bad for business, but sometimes you have to truly see what is going on before jumping to a quick conclusion — especially when it is represented by just 140 characters.
Twitter is great for a lot of things. Interaction with fellow fans, a way to get into the minds of celebrities and also a way to get false information.
According to Ben Roethlisberger, this is exactly what happened when it was reported by NFL Network how he and Mike Tomlin had a special meeting prior to their Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys about the team and the accountability which is reportedly lacking.
In case you missed the tweets:
Ben Roethlisberger has been wanting more urgency, exactness from teammates for weeks now. He asked Mike Tomlin this week to help demand it.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 13, 2016
As told to me, Ben Roethlisberger had lengthy heart-to-heart w/ Mike Tomlin. QB wants greater seriousness of purpose from younger Steelers.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 13, 2016
With Steelers Nation already on the edge with the team and their current losing streak, this pushed several fans right over the edge. However, during Ben Roethlisberger’s weekly radio spot on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, he essentially shot down these rumors.
“When they make this a big drama like we went in and shut the door and hashed things out, it is completely false,” Roethlisberger said. “It is true in a sense that we went in and sat down, but we do that every week anyway. I am not sure why it became such a big deal this week.”
Roethlisberger didn’t stop there.
“It always amazes me how the NFL Network, like do they bug everything? Are they assuming everything,” Roethlisberger said. “They are the ones who reported a few years ago that I asked to be traded, which had zero truth to it, no facts to it. I always wonder where they get this information.”
“Being the quarterback, a veteran and a leader of this team, coach Tomlin and I talk multiple times during the week,” Roethlisberger said. “There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t have a behind-closed-doors talk and communication — state of the team, what I thought of the team, what I thought of the game, what I thought of the offense, what I thought of my play.”
Head coaches and quarterbacks meet every week in the NFL, and this meeting wasn’t any different. Roethlisberger didn’t walk into the meeting with an outlined agenda, but rather a back-and-forth conversation, as usual, with Tomlin.
“It is just as much things I want to talk to coach about just as much as there are things that he wants to talk about,” Roethlisberger said. “It is not like, ‘Hey, I want to have a meeting, let’s go.’ It’s more like, ‘You wanna talk?’ That’s all it is.”
Roethlisberger has always been very candid with the local media, and it is refreshing to hear just what happened in the team’s facility during one of the toughest stretches in the past decade. Accountability seems to be on the forefront of everyone’s mind, and it is up to the players and coaches to get things right against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11.