It’s a Brand 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. Together with them supposedly went the play and diversion that has characterized Steelers soccer over the last half-decade.
The final of the Killer B’s at the Steel City, Ben Roethlisberger sees the Steelers’ new normal not as a setback 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 everything we are the best because that is ultimately what we’re trying to do is win a championship. In order to accomplish that we’re all going to have to be at our best.”
Roethlisberger is not the only Pittsburgh player to feel a sense of relief and rejuvenation from the locker area. His guard, David DeCastro, feels equally, lauding his longtime quarterback in the procedure.
“I think things have changed pretty well around here, more team-oriented, and that’s the first measure,” DeCastro said, per SteelersNow.com. “I think everyone is on the same page. Ben’s always been a great leader to me and I’m excited to play with a guy like that. I’ve got a lot of respect for him personally. How could you not? He’s one of these men that you get from the huddle together, he brings you up, because he’s so competitive. I am just excited about getting back on the field with him.”
Losing Bell and Brown, two of the game’s most unique and irreplaceable talents, could ruin several clubs’ chances of preserving the identical level of competition the following season. However, the feeling inside Pittsburgh’s centre is the exodus of those stars is addition by subtraction and that the Steelers shouldn’t be viewed as worse off heading 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’s been a long time since we’ve been into the major one. However, like I said if everybody puts forth the effort that we all think we can an with the talent we have in this room we feel confident we could be pretty good.”