Ben Roethlisberger said he has heard enough about the Steelers locker room, and it’s time to put an end to the misconceptions, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The perception created by a few of his teammates that the Steelers locker room was in disarray last season just is not true, the quarterback insisted, and someone needed to say it.
So why not the veteran quarterback, the captain of the offense?
“For anybody to say there are locker room issues or leadership issues are completely off base,” Roethlisberger said Thursday, shortly after he signed a restructured contract to create $6 million of salary cap room for the Steelers in 2013.
“I believe that’s the frustration. I believe that it’s frustration of last year, I honestly do.”
“Obviously, last year was frustrating for all of us, and when you’re frustrated and the season doesn’t go the way you want it to and things don’t go the way you want them to, things are said. I know all too well, after the Dallas game I was frustrated and said some things.
“The important thing to know is, there are no issues in our locker room. There are no issues with LaMarr. There are no issues on our team.
“The big thing for us is to move forward. Last year was last year, it was 8-8. We’re not happy about it. There are frustrations, but you know what? We’re done with it. We’re moving forward and we’re moving into this year … with whoever’s here, we’re looking to move forward. And we know Woodley’s going to be here and we know Woodley’s going to be ready to go as we all are going to be.”
“I want to make sure people know there is no issue in our locker room,” Roethlisberger stated. “We’ve got great leadership. We have plenty of older guys — myself now, Ike Taylor, Larry Foote, Willie Colon, Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton — we have a ton of guys.
“The great thing is we have a lot of young guys stepping up as leaders — Maurkice Pouncey, and, I feel last year Keenan Lewis did a great job stepping up; Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, all kinds of guys.
“I want it to be known there is no locker room issue, there is no leadership issue. Even if guys say it out of frustration, they’re trying to find something to say. I think it’s important to know we all have each other’s back.”