Right now, the biggest question regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers is whether or not the problem came from Antonio Brown or Ben Roethlisberger.
It’s been an offseason with nothing but drama. From Antonio Brown to Le’Veon Bell all the way to Kevin Colbert, it seems as if people in Pittsburgh don’t want to stop talking. Less than a month before the start of free agency, this means no one wants to come join a team that’s no where near focused on football.
As much as AB and Bell haven’t helped the Steelers recruitment process, the biggest setback this offseason came when General Manager Kevin Colbert decided to rant about how Ben Roethlisberger can basically do whatever he wants.
Thankfully, the offense is already filled with talent. Players will want to come join the defense. They haven’t lost much, showed last season they’re on the verge of becoming something serious and if the right player at the right position seems to be a good fit, they’ll strongly consider joining this team.
But on offense, no one wants to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. All we know now is – if you go play offense in Pittsburgh, you’re going to be called out publicly, not allowed to defend yourself and probably going to hate your time here because this team just lost their two best weapons because they were being treated poorly.
This makes much of the future lie on the outcome of 2019. This offseason, not much can happen offensively. This team is going to take what it has, maybe add a drafted player and hope that Antonio Brown didn’t mean as much to this unit as it appeared.
If the performance proves it wasn’t AB’s hands leading the way, the atmosphere around the league will change. Players will see that the culture did need to be adjusted and hopefully, Ben Roethlisberger stops talking for a year so people don’t worry about being publicly humiliated.
At that point, players will want to come to Pittsburgh. None of which happens if this season doesn’t get better.