Ben Roethlisberger seems to blame the recent playoffs’ lack of success on players who were pampered at such a young age.

Earlier this season, longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback retired and likely future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger after 18 years in the business. As the team prepares for its first season without him since the early 2000s, Roethlisberger has a few things to say.

We’ve already made clear his assertion that former Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert Roethlisberger wanted to retire earlierWhile Rooney’s family was content to let him continue playing. In the same story where Roethlisberger commented on Colbert, he also talks about how his career as a whole has come about.

In response to a question from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (h/t ProFootballTalk) about his professional remorse, Roethlisberger first mentioned Super Bowl XLV’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. After that, he seemed to blame the team’s lack of more recent playoff successes than early in his career, on pampering younger players.

Another big regret is the fact that the Steelers have won only three playoff games since then in 2010 to the Super Bowl.

“I feel like the game has changed. I feel like people have changed somehow. Maybe it’s because I screwed up when I came in. The team was very important. It was all about the team. Now, it’s about me and these and the others.”

“Maybe I’m standing on the soapbox a bit, but that’s the biggest I’ve been able to do since I started right up to the end. I went from a first-team position to one that looked like me. It was tough. It was tough for these guys, too, social media, they treat like me. Good in college.Now,this new stuff is unbelievable,which is unbelievable.They are treated very special.They were pampered at such a young age because college coaches need them to win too.Know the coach. [Terry] Hoeppner never spoiled me [at Miami of Ohio]. nor did [Bill] Queer”.

Roethlisberger claimed the players of the day were spoiled – but he wasn’t – very wealthy, considering the way the Steelers handled their insult even when he was clearly on the decline and then switched to an alternate level as a player during the final. seasons.

The Steelers maintained one of the lowest rates of play in the league because he didn’t like to turn his back on defense. They rarely used the move before the snap because he felt it affected his image of defense. Both play and movement have been shown to have positive effects on passing efficiency, which the Steelers desperately needed for their age in their later Roethlisberger years. But Roethlisberger preferred to sit at the gun and fire quick passes near the line of scrimmage, putting the onus on skill squad players to do most of the work in attack — and the Steelers caught up. (Perhaps Mike Tomlin’s omission as a coach who never pampered him was purposeful, admitting he was pampered later in his career?)

As reported by our friends at PFT, Roethlisberger also benefited from the media’s friendly treatment, what happened with the nearly disguised memory of sexual assault and rape allegations brought against him early in his career. (No charges were brought, but Roethlisberger was suspended for violating the league’s personal behavior policy and commissioner Roger Goodell ordered him to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral assessment by professionals.”) He received (mostly deserved, based on his total accomplishments on the field) something like the treatment of a living legend during his final season in the NFL.

In any case, the assertion that today’s players are spoiled but Roethlisberger was not, would not reasonably be expected to result in a relative lack of success for the Steelers but not other NFL teams. After all, teams like the Saints, Packers, Giants, Ravens, Seahawks, Patriots, Broncos, Eagles, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Rams are supposed to have used players smaller than Roethlisberger on their way to winning Super Bowls XLIV via LVI.

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