It’s a new season in Pittsburgh.
All-Pros and Pro Bowlers of years ago are gone, as Antonio Brown has been traded to Oakland this offseason and Le’Veon Bell jetted to New York in free service. Together with them supposedly went the play and diversion 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 less a drawback but as a welcome trial.
“It is an awesome challenge for all of us,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday at the start of Pittsburgh’s mandatory minicamp, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “To get to know one another to learn to do whatever we are the best because that’s ultimately what we are attempting to do is win a tournament. In order to accomplish that we are all going to have to be at our very best.”
Roethlisberger is not the sole Pittsburgh player to feel a sense of relief and relief in the locker area. His guard, David DeCastro, feels similarly, lauding his longtime quarterback from the procedure.
“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 exact same page. Ben’s always been a fantastic pioneer to me and I’m eager to play with a man like this. I’ve got a lot of respect for him personally. How could you not? He’s one of these guys that you get in the huddle together, he brings you up, because he’s so aggressive. I’m just excited about getting back on the field with him.”
Losing Bell and Brown, among the game’s most distinctive and irreplaceable talents, could ruin several clubs’ odds of maintaining the identical level of competition the following season. However, the feeling within Pittsburgh’s facility is the exodus of these stars is addition by subtraction and that the Steelers should not be viewed as worse off heading into 2019.
“I’ve been here a very long time. We are still the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’re still going to go out and attempt to win every football game,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been to the major one. However, like I said if everybody puts on the effort that we all believe we could an with the ability we’ve got in this area we feel confident that we could be pretty good.”