The Pittsburgh Steelers have given pundits and fans a lot to talk about this season, but not for the best reasons.
The latest controversy involves legendary quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben thrashed the Steelers’ offense in the latest edition of his podcast, stating that the tradition pretty much died with him.
Roethlisberger says that there are no leaders on offense, no one who can grab a teammate by the facemask and hold him accountable and get him to play up to the franchise’s standards.
Notably, NFL analyst Adam Schein couldn’t agree more with him more.
Talking on CBS Sports, Schein pointed out each and every single one of the team’s struggles on offense, ripping them for losing back-to-back home games to two teams that were eight games under .500 each (via CBS Sports Network on Twitter).
"Big Ben is right. Steelers' history and tradition is done. … It's a mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers."
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) December 14, 2023
He also predicted them to lose to an undermanned Indianapolis Colts squad on Saturday, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see that happening if they keep playing this way, not to mention the fact that Mitch Trubisky has struggled mightily since replacing the injured Kenny Pickett.
Roethlisberger believes the tradition still lives on the defense and praised the leadership of some of their defensive players.
Those comments could have been an indictment on Kenny Pickett, as it seems like he’s pretty much stating that they miss a guy like him and don’t have anyone on the roster who’s able to step up.
And as much as some people would love to admit it, the former Super Bowl champion QB could be right.