The question of Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership has been looming this off-season. With the loss of the ultimate trio, the ‘Killer B’s’ were disassembled. With the obvious absence of Le’Veon Bell, as he decided to sit out due to failed contract negotiations, and the drama-filled goodbye that Antonio Brown left Pittsburgh with, Roethlisberger has often and quite recently been questioned for being the problem in the locker room.
Roethlisberger has seen multiple Super Bowls because of his leadership role within the organization. General Manager Kevin Colbert could back him up as well after calling him an unquestionable leader.
Although the truth will never lay on the table, it seems as if Bell and Brown never asked Roethlisberger what they had to do about contract decisions. Not that they had to, but the leader of a team would probably have some good advice.
Due to that, Bell and Brown will probably go down as two of the biggest ‘villains’ in Pittsburgh Steelers history. Bell is the center of attention when it comes to contracts because of his way-lower-than-offered contract that the Jets offered him as compared to the one the Steelers offered him.
Brown concluded his soap opera saga with landing in Oakland after the Raiders gave up a third and fifth-round draft pick for him. I don’t think I need to explain why they had to give so little for the wide receiver.
Roethlisberger is surrounded by a lot of good guys in the locker room, and maybe weeding out the not-so-good-guys will help the locker room environment.
The fans and the media aren’t the only ones calling out Roethlisberger for his leadership skills. Former players are, too.
During an interview with NFL Network on Friday, Ward said that maybe Roethlisberger should stop calling out teammates and maybe start criticizing them in private.
“Ben is the leader of that team. He’s been there, he’s done that. I just think he has to take the initiative to kinda do more as a leader,” Hines Ward said, via NFL.com. “Not just being able to call guys out on his radio show. Take them behind, treat them like, you know we always say we’re a band of brothers, like, pull me to the side, let me know what I can do to get better.”
Others will say that head coach, Mike Tomlin, is the problem. He is the ultimate leader of this team, he is the coach. It seems as if he has encouraged the toxic relationship and culture in the locker room. It’s about discipline, and not allowing the stars to run the show, but work together.
The fact of the matter is that Roethlisberger is the quarterback and the leader on the field. He’s been successful with the talent that he’s had throughout the years he’s been with the team. But the finger can’t be pointed at Roethlisberger, it has to start with Tomlin.