It’s a new season in Pittsburgh.
All-Pros and Pro Bowlers of years ago are gone, as Antonio Brown was traded to Oakland this offseason and Le’Veon Bell jetted to New York in free agency. With them allegedly went the play and diversion that has characterized Steelers soccer over the past half-decade.
The last of the Killer B’s at the Steel City, Ben Roethlisberger sees the Steelers’ new normal not as a drawback but as a welcome trial.
“It’s an wonderful challenge for each of us,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday at the beginning of Pittsburgh’s mandatory minicamp, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “To get to know each other to learn to do whatever we can to be the best because that is ultimately what we are attempting to do is win a championship. In order to do that we’re all going to need to be at our very best.”
Roethlisberger isn’t the sole Pittsburgh participant to feel a sense of relief and rejuvenation in the locker area. His protector, David DeCastro, feels similarly, lauding his longtime quarterback from the procedure.
“I think things have changed fairly well around here, more team-oriented, and that’s the very first step,” DeCastro said, per SteelersNow.com. “I think everyone is on the exact same page. Ben’s been a fantastic pioneer to me and I’m excited to play with a man like this. I’ve got a ton of respect for him personally. How could you not? He is one of those guys that you get from the huddle together, he brings you up, because he’s so competitive. I’m just excited about getting back on the field .”
Losing Bell and Brown, among the game’s most unique and irreplaceable talents, would kill some clubs’ odds of maintaining the same level of competition the following season. However, the feeling within Pittsburgh’s centre is that the exodus of these stars is addition by subtraction and the Steelers should not be viewed as worse off going into 2019.
“I have been here a very long time. We are still the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are going to go out and try to win every football game,” Roethlisberger said. “It has been a long time since we have been into the major one. But like I said if everybody puts forth the effort which most of us believe we can an with the talent we have in this area we feel confident we can be quite good.”