After some rough patches, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, and wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, have finally cleared the air.
It all started when Martavis Bryant was suspended for the entire 2016 season for failing to comply with the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Then, Ben Roethlisberger made a comment early in the offseason that Bryant needed to earn the team’s trust back. Finally, it all ended with Bryant saying he wasn’t pleased with Ben, and they needed to talk “man to man.”
Well, that talk has finally happened, according to Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback told the media before practice on Wednesday that he and Bryant had the heart to heart, and the air is finally cleared between the two stars.
While this talk appears necessary on the surface, it’s hands down the most significant event to happen in Pittsburgh all summer. Yes, having two offensive studs on the same page is the end goal, but for these two, being able to trust one another is going to be the difference between a successful season and a playoff run.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have arguably the best offense in football. With Antonio Brown, Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Eli Rogers all lined up at receiver this season; the team is looking at a passing attack no team will be able to stop.
As important as every player in this receiving core is, no single player is going to impact the success of this team as much as Bryant.
I know what you’re saying – “But Antonio Brown.” You’re right. Brown is the best wide receiver in the NFL, will put up recording breaking numbers this season, and will likely win the Steelers more games than almost anyone else. But, he won’t be able to do any of that if Bryant isn’t on the other end of the field taking half of the attention away from him.
Bryant forces teams to guard the entire field instead of just Brown. Now, instead of double teaming #84 every play, opponents will be faced with a full receiving package that all need attention on every down.
Before Bryant and Roethlisberger had this talk, you could expect a good season from both of them. Now, they’re going to come in looking to make each other great, and it’s going to make this offense twice as good as they should be.
Bryant adds another superstar. He doesn’t just distract teams from AB but also brings the element to the field that can win games. Without him, this offense is nowhere near complete. With him, they’re nearly impossible to stop.
The impact of these two being friends is going to show on game day. Everyone will see when Roethlisberger and Bryant are out there having fun with each other instead of just going to work.
Maybe it’s just a talk. But for a talk to be the headline of every Pittsburgh Steelers news site, it needs to be pretty significant.
The air needed to be cleared. Now, this offense is the best in the National Football League.