In the serial daylight drama that currently personifies the Pittsburgh Steelers, every key player plays his section. Antonio Brown currently sits as the biggest antagonist, creating melodrama at every turn. Le’Veon Bell is a scorned lover trying to cross on. Ben Roethlisberger, the star concurrently conserving things collectively and needling others in the technique.
Brown calling out Roethlisberger on social media appears to be like to occupy struck a nerve with team brass.
At some stage in his media session with newshounds on Wednesday, GM Kevin Colbert emphatically supported his quarterback.
“Ben Roethlisberger is for sure the chief of this team,” Colbert acknowledged, by the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette. “Not [just] by my standards, by the criteria the team recognizes.”
Brown, at some level of a Twitter Q&A over the weekend, acknowledged Roethlisberger had an “owner’s mentality” in how he addresses teammates, particularly utilizing his weekly local radio space to blast varied players for errors. Colbert acknowledged he has no discipline with Grand Ben calling out teammates publicly.
“If our players had been orderly, they’d listen to him on fable of he’s been there, he’s performed it,” he acknowledged. “He can speak them, ‘No, guys, what you are doing is or is no longer precise ample to enact this.’
“I even have not any discipline with him. He can name me out and that is the reason magnificent. What he does I fully respect on fable of I’ve considered him too repeatedly derive games for us and design by in eventualities.”
Colbert cited Roethlisberger’s fiery halftime speech at some level of the comeback derive over the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season for instance of how Grand Ben’s leadership works, noting that the quarterback took ownership of his have uncomfortable play first sooner than telling teammates they must furthermore enhance. (That instance ignores that the Jags did appropriate as powerful to lose the game in the 2d half of with horrific play calling as the Steelers did to derive.)
The GM made it decided Grand Ben has carte blanche to handbook how he sees match.
“Ben Roethlisberger is our handiest Huge Bowl winner,” Colbert acknowledged. “As the quarterback and as that Huge Bowl participant, it be a mountainous burden for him, it if truth be told is. We now occupy talked about this with some of our guys. It be a trim weight for him to occupy to elevate that week-in and week-out on fable of this team looks to be to him, as they’ll occupy to, as a franchise, Hall of Reputation quarterback. It be a well-known accountability.
“Nonetheless we furthermore comprise it be section of the accountability of our varied players to possess in the blanks, serve Ben by this whisk.”
With Le’Veon Bell hitting free company and Antonio Brown forcing his arrangement out of metropolis, it be Colbert’s accountability to provide Grand Ben with the following wave of playmakers to serve the QB in the ideal section of his Steelers career.