Ben Roethlisberger ‘excited’ about potential of Steelers offense
The Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone significant change this offseason on the offensive side of the ball, but Ben Roethlisberger believes the unit still has the talent to be among the most dynamic in the NFL.
The Steelers, after suffering through a disappointing 2018 campaign, saw two of their biggest stars on offense, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, depart, the former via trade and the latter in free agency.
The Steelers nevertheless boast some top-end talent. Highlighted by Pro Bowlers JuJu Smith-Schuster at wide receiver and running back James Conner, the Steelers are expected to remain a formidable offense with Roethlisberger running the show.
“I’m excited, I really am excited in what we have,” Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “We put a lot of work in, that’s what it’s going to take, it’s going to take a team effort. We’re all going to give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re going to give everything we have.”
Returning to a theme Roethlisberger has relied upon since the departures of Bell and Brown, the veteran signal-caller expressed relief over how the Steelers are expected to have a far smoother offseason without the disgruntled former players’ presence.
“It’s been a little crazy the last few years, maybe more so than usual that we’re used to dealing with,” Roethlisberger said. “To kind of get back to quote unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”
Roethlisberger has been under fire of late over the perception that he lacks the qualities of a great team leader. He has battled against that notion, and the Steelers, both current and former players as well as the front office, have rallied around their embattled quarterback.
It also merits noting that Roethlisberger’s most recent comments are not the first time he has expressed confidence in the prospects for success in the upcoming season, so it’s clear Big Ben believes the sky’s the limit for the Steelers.