It’s a Brand New season in Pittsburgh.
All-Pros and Pro Bowlers of years past are gone, as Antonio Brown was traded to Oakland this offseason and Le’Veon Bell jetted to New York in free agency. Together with them supposedly went the drama and distraction that’s characterized Steelers soccer over the past half-decade.
The last of the Killer B’s in the Steel City, Ben Roethlisberger sees the Steelers’ new ordinary not as a drawback but as a welcome trial.
“It’s an wonderful challenge for all of us,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday at the beginning of Pittsburgh’s mandatory minicamp, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “To get to know one another to learn to do everything we are the best because that is ultimately what we are trying to do is win a championship. In order to accomplish that we’re all going to need to be at our very best.”
Roethlisberger is not the only Pittsburgh participant to feel a sense of relief and relief in the locker room. His guard, David DeCastro, feels similarly, lauding his longtime quarterback from the process.
“I believe things have changed pretty well around here, more team-oriented, and that’s the very first measure,” DeCastro said, per SteelersNow.com. “I think everybody is on precisely the same page. Ben’s been a fantastic pioneer to me and I’m excited to play a man like this. I’ve got a ton of respect for him. How could you not? He is one of those men that you get from the huddle with, he brings you up, because he is so competitive. I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field with him.”
Losing Bell and Brown, among the game’s most distinctive and irreplaceable talents, could kill some clubs’ chances of preserving the identical amount of competition the following season. But the feeling inside Pittsburgh’s facility is the exodus of these stars is addition by subtraction and the Steelers shouldn’t be viewed as worse off going into 2019.
“I’ve been here a long time. We are still the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’re going to go out and try to win every football game,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to the major one. But like I said when everyone puts forth the effort which we all believe we can an with the ability we’ve got in this room we feel confident we could be pretty good.”