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Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think Steelers are in transition

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The Steelers could be saying goodbye to wide receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Keenan Lewis and others in the next few weeks, continuing the trend of the last few seasons that finds longtime members of the team giving way to new faces.

Despite that, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think that the team is in decline or in transition. He thinks the front office will find quality players to plug into any open spots and he believes that the way last season ended will serve as inspiration for better results this time around.

“I don’t want to say it’s a transition phase because I feel like I’m still here and ready to rock and roll. I feel healthier, better. I feel like I’m in my prime and ready to play great football. And I feel that we’ve got guys around here who feel the same way,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think the frustration from last year will be motivation for guys who are back again.”

Roethlisberger might not feel that way, but the Steelers have been in a transition phase in the last couple of years. Players and coaches who played key roles have moved on and the team is still replacing some of the leading lights from a very prosperous decade-plus of football. Transition doesn’t automatically mean decline, though, so it’s not like Roethlisberger should be resigning himself to a losing season or expecting anything other than the rebound he expects from his team in 2013.

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  1. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2013 10:47 AM

    He also doesn’t think helmets are a good idea.

  2. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 6, 2013 10:49 AM

    I see a 9-7 season coming for the Steelers.

  3. mrphatal says: Mar 6, 2013 10:50 AM

    Neither do the Jets…

  4. comatrip1 says: Mar 6, 2013 10:51 AM

    Of course he doesn’t. But they are.

  5. steeelfann says: Mar 6, 2013 10:57 AM

    Here is the thing with the Steelers:

    When they are supposed to be really strong, they tend to underperform a bit.

    When they are supposed to be down, they play above expectations.

    I don’t know why that is, but it is.

  6. ravenator says: Mar 6, 2013 10:57 AM

    Are you kidding me? You couldn’t be in more of a transition Ben. Your oline is in shambles, your front office cant balance a checkbook, your overpaying aging players past their prime, and the new offensive coordinator can’t get on the same page as you. If that doesn’t scream transition than look no further than the 8-8 record, missing the playoffs entirely, and being Tebowd out the previous year. Wake up people. Were not in the seventies anymore.

  7. jkhart says: Mar 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    Can’t believe we would let lewis go, the guy was playing at a really high level down the stretch.

  8. jtm12180 says: Mar 6, 2013 11:05 AM

    as a die-hard steelers fan, I think you’re a little bit in denial Ben. Smith, Ward, & Farrior last year & numerous others to follow in the next couple of years. Unfortunately the Steelers ARE a bit in transition. This happens to every team in most sports at some point. For the most part it’s a never-ending cycle

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 6, 2013 11:07 AM

    My name says it all haters! Bigbenownsthenfl. That’s the way it is when you have 3 super bowl appearances and 2 rings! Now let the hater trolls post! But you ain’t got 6! Boom!

  10. steel6curtain says: Mar 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    cant wait to hear ravenators fanboy moronic immature response to this post…I dare you to just one time have a legitimate valid non bias post

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    You couldn’t have put any less thought into that last paragraph. I think you just cut & paste that from another 8-8 team’s article.

    You must not have paid attention to how the offense was playing right before the QB injury, or how the defense looked all year. If that was a transition year, can’t wait for the end of the process.

  12. boogerhut says: Mar 6, 2013 11:17 AM

    Big Ben sure feels alot. Ask any woman. As to the fact that you’re still here so there’s no transition. Sure, for you may be but look around Big boy. A bunch of coaches and players might see things differently outside of the known Beniverse.

  13. clashpoint says: Mar 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    I’m sure they’ll be the usual comments by the usual sources on this post. From insults on Ben to predictions of the Steeler’s demise, the usual tripe from the usual trolls. It’s like a test that sorts out the trolls from the football fans.

    To say the Steelers have absolutely no chance to win the championship? Welcome to football, you’re obviously new to the game. They were in title game just a couple years ago. They’ve won two titles in three title tries within the last decade. The Steelers have won more titles than any other team, and go the playoffs more often than just about anyone else too. It ain’t braggin’ if it’s the truth.

    OF COURSE the Steelers have a chance to win the title. They return the #1 D in the league, a 97.1 rated qb and a young and highly talented o-line. So, yeah. Most importantly: In this day and age of caps and parity, at this time of year, everyone has a chance to win the title. Every year there are both surprise teams and predicted teams in the play-offs. Even the Jags could win the title, though I wouldn’t bet the family farm on it.

    The difference between possible and probable isn’t as wide as it used to be. So this is why we play the games! We have quite a while before those start. Anyone rushing to judgement in friggin’ March is not worth listening to.

  14. drunk4thliners says: Mar 6, 2013 11:24 AM

    Wallace can leave, no worries there. But if the Steelers cannot resign Lewis, then we’ll be forced to start William Gay, former cast-off turned insurance policy. Colbert and Company have a plan… At least we hope they do!

  15. lovefootball4life says: Mar 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    I get his point of view. He doesn’t want to accept his team is rebuilding and doesn’t want his team to accept that either. That usually means a couple of average seasons and he is on the back half of his career. Truth is they are in transition but only the skill of the front office and a little luck in the draft will determine how deep and how long it lasts.

  16. landof10000lakes says: Mar 6, 2013 11:31 AM

    I think “decline” is the more accurate word…

  17. stew48 says: Mar 6, 2013 11:32 AM

    Neither Wallace nor Lewis qualify as “longtime members” of the Steelers. Get real.

  18. greymares says: Mar 6, 2013 11:38 AM

    could have stopped with Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think.

  19. grs27 says: Mar 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    If Charlie batch can march into Baltimore and beat the Super Bowl Champs, then Steelers aren’t in transition- we are primed to win division in 2013.

  20. handsofsweed says: Mar 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    Ravenator, meet hubris. Hubris, meet ravenator.

    Dude, you have no godforsaken idea how much you sound like a lot of us did after XL and XLIII. We learned a hell of a lesson. You will too.

  21. gergie1957 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    Kevin Kellen says, Superbowl Baby!!!!!!

  22. citizenstrange says: Mar 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    The Steeler defense may not be #1 in 2013 but should still be top 5.

    That said, the loss of Wallace will probably push their offensive points scored down from its lofty 22nd in the league pinnacle and the Steelers will continue to lose any game where the defnse gives up over 17 points.

    I hate to say it but this will probably be the third year in a row with no playoff wins for the Steelers.

  23. krispyone says: Mar 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 6, 2013 10:57 AM
    Are you kidding me? You couldn’t be in more of a transition Ben. Your oline is in shambles, your front office cant balance a checkbook, your overpaying aging players past their prime, and the new offensive coordinator can’t get on the same page as you. If that doesn’t scream transition than look no further than the 8-8 record, missing the playoffs entirely, and being Tebowd out the previous year. Wake up people. Were not in the seventies anymore.

    Wow, where to start with this??? First off tell me how the Oline is in shambles, everyone is healthy, which means this line will be one of the best young lines around. The front office has been doing their thing for years and people have complete trust in them. And you have the nerve to spew crap about overpaying players, when your team just gave Flacco that contract making him the highest payed players, when if you listen to anyone whos objective hes not worth that. Go back to your moms basement and stop being a immature troll!!

  24. rockthered1286 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Humor me Steeler fans: who is the last great draft pick the steelers made? And by great I don’t mean “has potential.” I mean solid starter, difference maker, not injury prone, pro bowl talent type player? It’s been a while. That speaks volumes.

  25. francogreenbradshaw says: Mar 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    Very prosperous decade-plus of football.Yes indeed.Poor isolated wretches in Baltimore could only hope to ever be able to use a phrase such as that.

  26. stillers6 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    I understand why everyone that isn’t a Steeler fan is happy to see them fail or have hard times. Combining constant winning and having some unsavory characters is a bad combination to have admirers. But the simple fact is that until #7 retires they will have a shot every year. Although the team is aging, never underestimate a solid organization in the NFL. There is a reason that the Giants, Pats, Ravens, Packers, and the Steelers are constantly in contention. They build through the draft and have great ownership with good football people. Like it or not, the Steelers will very rarely be buried in football irrelevance. I’m not ignoring the fact that some young players must step up and perform, leadership must be a priority, and we need a few solid drafts but the fact is the Rooney’s are a good family to have faith in.

  27. joewilliesshnoz says: Mar 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    A bad head coach, and a declining QB, it doesn’t look too promising for the Black and Gold.

  28. puresteel20 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    New to this blog. My first comment will be that the ravenator is an undercover Steelers fan the daddy spanked when he found out. Made him a raven fan and has been scared since. I joined here just for you ravenator. And I plan to expose you. “TOOL” !!! You sir or madam or both are pathetic.

  29. patriotinvasion says: Mar 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    The Pats went through a similar post Super Bowl phase where key veterans got old or signed elsewhere. Let’s see if they’ll be able to stay on the cusp of a championship while rebuilding their roster like New England has.

  30. steelerdrummer says: Mar 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    2007 Kyle Boller, Steve McNair, Troy Smith 2006 Steve McNair
    2005 Kyle Boller, Anthony Wright
    2004 Kyle Boller
    2003 Kyle Boller, Anthony Wright
    2002 Jeff Blake, Chris Redman
    2001 Elvis Grbac, Randall Cunningham

    That’s transition….

  31. steel2372 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:33 PM

    He has a point. When he was healthy in the lineup They actually were playing some great ball. It wasnt till He got injured and several players went down injured the season kind of got away from them. I have said this and will say it again: Dont sleep on the Steelers! They still were ranked highly defensively. Last season could have easily been a playoff team. They have lost some players but the Steelers are great about next man up mentality.

  32. pturner81 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    Great teams don’t rebuild they reload.

  33. csilojohnson says: Mar 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    Damn I hope they don’t lose Lewis. He was one of the only bright spots last season.

  34. osteelers says: Mar 6, 2013 1:18 PM

    There is a constant ebb and flow with every team in the league, no team is immune to it. Unfortunately for teams who are more successful, they have a tendency to lose more players and coaches. Can’t ever blame any player for making more money or a coach for taking a higher position with another orginization. The salary cap is in place to create parody in the league, and you’re not going to keep the same personnel every year. I trust the Rooney’s and the decisions they make and the decisions Mike Tomlins makes. This organization has been doing it a long time, and doing it better than a lot of other teams. Will they win a superbowl this year? Who knows, but they’re return to the playoffs sooner than later.

  35. scoobies05 says: Mar 6, 2013 1:45 PM

    to stillers6…outstanding post. very fair with several good points. to the poster who listed all the ravens qbs you seemed to have forgotten one….2008 to ? joe flacco. champ

  36. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    loser Ben is in denial.

  37. 2islaughable says: Mar 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    So the Cleveland Browns won the super bowl and Baltimore is happy about it? Oh wait,… my bad.

  38. latrobe21 says: Mar 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    Tomlin has too much say in who gets drafted – don’t know why he does. I’m still fuming because the Steelers could have picked Sean lee instead of Timmons, who has been a big-time bust as a #1 pick. Ziggy’s been a bust. Lots of busts, lately.

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 7, 2013 6:19 AM

    stillers6:
    After watching the Steelers struggle to an 8-8 record against the weakest schedule in the league this past season, it’s difficult to share in your blinded optimism.
    And whatever success the team has had in the past with Roethlisberger, that means nothing moving forward.
    The Steelers have won with defense, and once all those great defensive players either retire or simply disappear, the window of opportunity closes even tighter.
    The Steelers need to do what the Giants, Ravens and Patriots do on a yearly basis: Sign some quality free agents. Teams can no longer rely strickly on the draft.
    Better coaching wouldn’t hurt, either.

  40. steelersnowand4ever says: Mar 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    2islaughable says:
    Mar 6, 2013 4:26 PM
    So the Cleveland Browns won the super bowl and Baltimore is happy about it? Oh wait,… my bad.

    That’s right, Cleveland finally won the Super Bowl! GO BROWNIES!! LOL!!

  41. clashpoint says: Mar 7, 2013 12:45 PM

    rockthered1286 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 12:08 PM
    Humor me Steeler fans: who is the last great draft pick the steelers made? And by great I don’t mean “has potential.” I mean solid starter, difference maker, not injury prone, pro bowl talent type player? It’s been a while. That speaks volumes.

    Umm Pouncey? Two pro bowls in two years?
    Brown made a pro bowl as well?

    I wish I had more thumbs to give that comment more thumbs down.
    The sheer numbers of haters that Steeler posts attract is just hilarious lol

  42. clashpoint says: Mar 7, 2013 1:16 PM

    Oops thats 3 pro bowls in 3 years for pouncey, right?
    So many pro bowls and its easy to lose track of them.

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