Last week, Roethlisberger mentioned – in an exclusive interview with Cook – that it has changed from being about the whole team to players who put themselves and their success ahead of the team.
“I feel like the game has changed,” Roethlisberger told Tok. “I feel like people have changed somehow. Maybe because I screwed up when I came in. The team was so important. It was all about the team. Now, it’s about me and this, this and the other.”
Roethlisberger, who has received some negative reactions from national and local media, and his former colleague Cameron Hayward appeared at 102.5 WDVE Thursday morning and stated that he should have been more specific about his “me-first” comments to Cook, noting that those kinds of Players are a significant minority in the league today and at the Steelers.
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“Well, I’ll tell you this, I should probably have been more detailed, more specific in what I said,” Roethlisberger said on WDVE Thursday morning, according to Voice over 102.5 WDVE and iHeart Radio. “It’s not the majority of guys like that. I guess I was saying in part too, when asked what’s the difference in the league these days since I first got in and even when [Heyward] First he got the difference in the league and the mentality of the players and the toughness, whatever you have to say.
“It was kind of a very wide-ranging commentary, but Cam and I have sat down a few times in the last couple of years and had the same conversation. So it’s not new to Cam. I get Cam to support his teammates who are still playing with them.”
Roethlisberger should have been more specific about what he was telling Cook in the interview. Much like his radio show on 93.7 The Fan throughout his career, Roethlisberger can feel very comfortable talking on the phone in interviews, letting things slip into what they shouldn’t, or not phrase something correctly, which then leads to A big media storm. Like he did with his comments to Cook.
This is what led to the return session Thursday morning.
I wasn’t trying to hit anyone specifically. I was just making a broad judgment, ” Roethlisberger added, according to Voice over 102.5 WDVE. “Cam has every right to disagree with me or whatever he says and get upset and this, that, and the other. But like I said, he and I had these conversations. So I know he knows what I’m talking about. And I’ll say this: I agree with him. He should have been more pronounced.
“The majority of the players on this team are first team, you know? So… I hated being drawn like the majority of me were first. It’s not that way. There are a lot of great players on this team who care about the Steelers, this organization and winning.. Maybe I should have explained it a little more at first. So that’s my bad thing.”
The media got on Cam Heyward before Thursday’s practice to ask him about Ben’s comments and whether they had any impact on the team per video submitted by 93/7 fan Jeff Hawthorne’s Twitter account. Howard’s response? “We focus on football.”
– Jeff Hathorne (@jhathhorn) 28 July 2022
Roethlisberger has always been good at acknowledging mistakes made across the media in the past, so this came as no surprise to him on Thursday morning. The only thing I kept coming back to in the interview was that Roethlisberger wasn’t really talking about the latest Steelers.
In fact, I think he was talking about guys like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown late in their Steelers career, rather than guys like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and more. That’s what the initial conversation with Cook felt like Roethlisberger was trying to say, rather than fixing the addon’s failures on younger players in general.
However, Roethlisberger’s comment remains muted even if he tries to back off and said it should have been more specific. He probably should have said something about me first of all when it came to playoff failures, and instead focus on the actual cause of some of the playoff losses, which were critical interceptions, poor shots, and poor defensive play in general.
Sometimes it’s better to be brutally honest and to point your finger at yourself in difficult situations, rather than concocting a conversation piece while an old man seems to be screaming to get out of his garden. Maybe that’s what Roethlisberger is at this point.