Steelers Have Ben’s Back

Team leaders say they’ve moved on from AB, distractions

Jeff Hathhorn
May 21, 2019 - 5:37 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – If there is one thing we learned from the Steelers first official team gathering since Antonio Brown was traded and Le’Veon Bell left, the team leaders are with Ben Roethlisberger.

“Yeah, things were misconstrued,” said captain Cam Heyward when asked if he was upset at the negativity about Roethlisberger.  “You only hear one side of the story and not having the full side of the story is baffling to me.  The media went to one side.  It was such a big thing that was only projected from one side. “

It’s a common fallback to blame the media and what Heyward went on to clarify is that it was more the national media, who are never around the team.  And really what he means by that are the national talk shows, looking to stir the pot and sometimes create a narrative that doesn’t actually exist. 

There is an old saying ‘don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story’.  That is what national talking heads deliver.

But what it has done is it’s appeared to bring the Steelers together.

“I feel like we are closer now that we ever have been,” said veteran Ramon Foster.  “I think I’ve talked to more guys on the other end of the ball this offseason that I have my whole career.” 

“That’s a really good thing.  It means the communication is there, the understanding is there and guys are genuinely caring about each other.”

“Communication is always beneficial and when guys are honest and constructive of each other and take criticism and move forward,” Heyward said.  “That’s only a positive thing.”

“I like that we are not shying away from it,” Heyward added.  “We are trying to improve the team.  We’re trying to make sure everybody is on the same page.  When you do that, you can move gracefully and in stride together.”

Heyward said he’s talked to Roethlisberger often this off-season, captain to captain.  Saying they discussed what the team needs rather than the individual and believe they’ve made a lot of progress to improve this year.

Heyward, and others, point out they don’t expect Mike Tomlin to have to change a lot, because a lot of the issues last season were about Bell and Brown.

“We’re talkin’ about a few, not talking about the many,” Heyward said.  “We got a great group of guys that are hard-nosed and just trying to get better.”

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