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 supposedly went the drama and diversion that has characterized Steelers football over the past half-decade.
The final of the Killer B’s in the Steel City, Ben Roethlisberger sees the Steelers’ new ordinary less a setback but as a welcome trial.
“It’s an awesome 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 one another to know to do whatever we are the best because that is ultimately what we’re attempting to do is win a tournament. In order to accomplish that we are all going to need to be at our best.”
Roethlisberger is not the sole Pittsburgh player to feel a sense of relief and relief in the locker room. His protector, David DeCastro, feels similarly, lauding his longtime quarterback in the procedure.
“I think things have changed pretty well around here, more team-oriented, and that’s the very first step,” DeCastro said, per SteelersNow.com. “I think everybody is on precisely the same page. Ben’s been a fantastic pioneer to me and I am eager to play with a guy like this. I have a ton of respect for him. How do you? He’s one of these men that you get in the huddle together, he brings you up, because he’s so competitive. I’m just looking forward to getting back on the field .”
Losing Bell and Brown, among the game’s most distinctive and irreplaceable talents, would kill several clubs’ odds of maintaining the same level of competition the following season. However, the feeling inside Pittsburgh’s facility is that the exodus of these stars is addition by subtraction and the Steelers should not be seen as worse off heading into 2019.
“I have been here a very long time. We are still the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’re going to head out and try to win every football game,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s been quite a while since we have been to the major one. But like I said when everyone puts on the effort which we all think we could an with the ability we’ve got in this room we feel confident that we could be pretty good.”