Whereas Pittsburgh Steelers standard manager Kevin Colbert might per chance perhaps per chance sight his roster as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 youngsters,” now not all contemporary or ragged individuals of the organization essentially truly feel that prolong.
James Harrison spent with regards to 13 seasons in Pittsburgh alongside Roethlisberger, observing the prolonged fling Corridor of Famer make for the duration of his profession. Whereas he respects Noteworthy Ben’s authority in the locker room, the ragged Steelers linebacker told “NFL Total Entry” that he would now not truly feel the remainder of the roster will truly feel about Roethlisberger exactly the identical reach.
“For me, Ben being the unquestioned chief, I in actuality own no advise with that advise rather than the truth that no one is past unquestioned,” Harrison told NFL Community’s Willie McGinest on Thursday evening. “That’s a substantial assertion. If I’m in that locker room, I resplendent acquired set aside below ’52 youngsters.’ I’m feeling some form of reach. Even though I did now not truly feel that form of reach earlier than, treasure despite the indisputable truth that there wasn’t a rift on the radar. Now I’m treasure ‘Is that how they truly be taught about me up top?’
“And I’ve that is what Antonio [Brown] can own acknowledged the assign he acknowledged he felt treasure Ben had an owner’s mentality. And also you can own got the GM that is asserting this and that’s the reason how guys might per chance perhaps per chance truly feel, even supposing that might per chance perhaps well now not be the case. Up to now as after I became as soon as there that is now not how I felt. I communicated with Ben resplendent treasure I did every other player. We agree or disagree and so forth and so forth.”
The Steelers fable acknowledged that Colbert became as soon as likely looking to “demonstrate relieve” for Roethlisberger when he known as him the “unquestioned chief,” however acquired “a minute bit overzealous with it.” Colbert made these feedback to local journalists on Wednesday.
Whenever you can own got been residing below a boulder, Brown, in hunting for a reach out of Pittsburgh, acknowledged amongst others issues in the middle of a Twitter Q&A this weekend that Roethlisberger “has a owner mentality treasure he can name out anybody including coaches.” Brown added the 2 soundless own mutual recognize for one one other. The receiver met with Steelers president Art work Rooney II this week and Brown acknowledged the 2 sides agreed to fragment programs, though Pittsburgh is soundless to blame of executing a exchange.
Harrison suggested that the ongoing, by no methodology-ending drama surrounding Roethlisberger, Brown and Le’Veon Bell can own been executed without if for some leadership from the head coach.
“I delivery off at this identical thing with [Mike] Tomlin. The top guy has to be the one that takes charge,” Harrison explained. “I’ve or now not it’s fault on, even with my advise, or now not it’s fault on me. It be fault on Tomlin. It be fault on the group of workers. It be acquired to this level because Tomlin has allowed a decided quantity of issues to trot on and fairly gamers make a selection earnings of that or step past that, or now not it’s acquired to just a few degree the assign or now not it’s to this level out that now he can’t reign it aid in so as to be in contact. And with that being the case or now not it’s Tomlin. It’ll also very effectively be some blame on A.B. It’ll also very effectively be some blame on Ben. It might per chance perhaps per chance trot around.”
Harrison moreover had a falling-out with Tomlin after he requested to be launched multiple times in the middle of the 2017 season however became as soon as now not granted his set aside a question to except unhurried in the season.
This is now not the first time that Harrison has, in retirement, known as out Tomlin for his mishandling of the locker room. Right by Immense Bowl Week, Harrison acknowledged that for Pittsburgh to cease the in-preventing, “you acquired to delivery out from the top, and that starts with head coach.”
In relation to repairing the afflict already executed in the Steelers locker room though, Harrison had no fast fixes.
“Nothing is going to be executed in a single day,” Harrison concluded. “It be a day-by-day thing. It be going to all delivery when they acquire aid collectively in OTAs, coaching, workout routines, all that and trot from there. Up to now as what’s happening to happen with Antonio, that is one thing else. Admire I acknowledged they’ll must kind out that as it comes and what they truly feel is appropriate for trading the relaxation and what’s now not.”