Roethlisberger admits he initially was upset by Steelers draft

AP

When the Steelers didn’t use the 15th overall pick in the draft on a receiver, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t happy.

“I got caught up in doing what I always say not to do, and that’s listen to the media,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “[The Steelers] obviously have their agenda, the things they want, and they got two guys that they felt can help this team.”

Roethlisberger was referring to third-round running back Dri Archer and fourth-round receiver Martavis Bryant.  The fact that the team’s quarterback admits to initially being miffed about the decision to use the 15th overall pick not on receivers like Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin but on linebacker Ryan Shazier doesn’t show much faith in Bryant or 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton.

Of course, it’s not the first time Roethlisberger has said something that could rile up his receivers.  In early 2008, Roethlisberger lobbied for a tall receiver.  Not-so-tall receiver Hines Ward didn’t like that very much.

“I don’t hear Tom Brady or Peyton Manning asking for that,” Ward said at the time.  “I don’t know, whatever he says.  I have no idea.  To me, it’s a rare combination of receivers out there who are good and tall.  We won a Super Bowl, we didn’t have a tall receiver then.  I don’t see Tom Brady caring about who’s tall or not.”

The Steelers that year drafted a tall receiver named Limas Sweed.  And Sweed never did anything before washing out of the league.

Since Sweed, the team has acquired several solid receivers in the third round or later, including Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown.  With two of those three gone, the team Wheaton and Bryant to perform.  Otherwise, Roethlisberger may start listening to the media again.

90 responses to “Roethlisberger admits he initially was upset by Steelers draft

  1. This is nothing compared to the fan comments after every pick that we weren’t drafting a CB! Haha

  2. He’s got Lance Moore. He’s not tall, but he’s a killer route runner with sure hands. I’d take that over a tall rookie who can’t catch.

  3. 4thqtrsaint I agree completely. Although I’m not gonna lie I’m excited by Bryant’s potential, but I also know he has a ways to go. I hope he’s a quick study because having him opposite AB would allow guys going across the middle to get open

  4. Everyone is sleeping on Markus Wheaton but look for him to take huge strides.
    Tim Brown was on NFLNetwork radio last year and was asked which rookie NFL WR did he think would become the next big star WR. I expected to hear a more high profile rookie WR instead Brown said to keep an eye on Markus Wheaton. Tim Brown was part of a WR clinic and said Wheaton stood out the most of all the rookie WRs. Wheaton was a hit in camp last summer too before getting hurt so I expect him to be an upgrade over Sanders.

  5. Wrong! Being upset about not drafting another receiver has nothing to do with how many great receivers you already have. Another is always good.

    Ben will do fine with the all around strengthened team, and he knows it.

  6. Roethlisberger’s post-draft comments completely contradict what he told his best media buddy, Ron Cook of 93.7 the Fan, before the draft: “I don’t care who we draft, as long as they can help us win.”
    Stirring the pot and creating distractions have become too much of a part of Roethlisberger’s DNA. For someone who doesn’t “listen to the media,” he sure seems to enjoy conversing with them.
    While Tom Brady downplays and shrugs off the Patriots drafting a QB, Roethlisberger complains publically about the Steelers having an “agenda.” Nice leadership.

  7. They could have drafted Watkins, Lee, Benjamin, and signed Megatron, AJ Green, etc. it wouldn’t matter, as the steelers are the 4th best team in the AFC North. Ben has diminishing skills, and will not make the playoffs again before he retires. He does have an excuse now when they miss the playoffs again this year, Waaah they didn’t get me a tall fast receiver, waah .

  8. See Ben, that’s what you get for listening to the media! However keep this in context, he also called up Bryant within ten minutes of him getting drafted and expressed how happy he was with Bryant being a Steeler. You always gotta keep the media in the context of “reporting in the moment whatever get us attention and therefore makes us money.”

  9. Hate to break it to you, but Roethlisberger was thrilled later to get Bryant, although it was sheer luck he lasted til the 4th. Here’s the big tall guy they say at Clemson actually played faster than Watkins.

    So I don’t think he’s too sorry about how the draft turned out.

  10. There is only ONE Megatron in the NFL. Plaxico Burress was a 6’6 guy also but didnt last. Im a fan of guys like Bryant, Fitz, Smith, they are not monsters but play like it. Size can’t measure HEART or simply being a Football player.

  11. Maybe one day a RB will come along thats 6’4 265, put up good numbers, then everybody will forget about Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers, Tony Dorsett, etc etc

  12. I didn’t read anything to indicate he was upset. Can someone please point out to me what I am missing here? Or is there really just nothing to see?

  13. The Steelers had a horrible draft. Even their franchise quarterback realizes it. The funny part is they didn’t even draft the best LB in the first round! Face it’s Pittsburgh, it’s over for you. Just like the players on their team, the Steelers are old news.

    Ravens>Bengals>Browns>4th place Steelers. Embrace the basement. “Back in my day the Steelers won 15 straight trophies, 27 super bowls and played football the way it was supposed to be played – with horse steroids.” -Steeler fan reminiscing of a time long ago when his team wasn’t old, decrepit and irrelevant (and didn’t have less than 300k in cap space).

  14. Big Ben is a bad person and I’m glad he doesn’t play for the Chiefs. The Chiefs only allow players who excel on the field and off and that’s why they win Super Bowls.

  15. The thing is the Steelers have an absolute truckload of money spend on the defense and they aren’t that good a defense. Same with draft picks used on young players to try and rebuild that defense.

    Over on offense they’ve spent picks to try and rebuild a shaky O line but otherwise haven’t invested much in weapons for big ben.

    But when you’re QB is on 18 or 20 odd mil per season you can’t spend on a heap of receivers. Not with a shaky defense to fix. If big ben wants a star receiver why not cut his pay cheque in half and ask the steelers to sign him one. We all know he’s made enough money by now

  16. SO GLAD I don’t have to root for this guy. Enjoy, Steelers teammates. Enjoy, Steelers fans.

  17. Ben made that comment about a tall receiver right after watching Brady and Moss destroy the league in the 2007 season.

  18. Ben is right that listening to too many so-called draft “experts” can make your head spin or give irrational criticism to teams. I laugh and shake my head every time some poster blasts a team for selecting who Mel Kiper projected or that a team “over drafted” a player based on…. A few mock drafts. If Kiper or McShay were so great then they would be in the NFL front offices

  19. As a Saints fan, I will miss Moore. He was a great spark for New Orleans for quite a few years. He will get you first downs if he can stay on the field. Injuries are always plaguing him.

  20. Steelers are nowhere near as good as when Roethliberger came to the NFL. They got older, slower and not as big or tough as they once were. Looks like no better than a .500 team.

  21. After being Tebowed out of the playoffs the Steelers have been irrelevant ever since and Ben knows his better days are behind him. Of course he is frustrated as the Steelers have descended into mediocracy with no sign of hope

  22. He’s a great steelers quarterback but does he really think he’d have two rings if it wasn’t for the monstrous front sevens in 05 and 08?? He threw for over 4,200 yards last year and we still missed the playoffs. Wide-outs weren’t the problem Ben. Corner was a far more logical need but if tuitt helps holds the line enough for Shazier jones worilds Timmons and co to take down qbs then cb becomes less of a problem, and Ben is back in the playoffs

  23. Mgmt has ignored Ben’s wishes for years…with receiver requests and the playbook. He is the ultimate Steeler though…..tuff as nails, takes the team on his back win or lose. He should have #4 like #12.

  24. Hey Ben, here’s a thought. Ya wanna get back to the Playoffs???? GET BETTER & WORK HARDER IN THE OFFSEASON!!! …..and i don’t mean hittin’ on underage girls (emphases on hittin’)

  25. I understand that a QB always wants shiny new toys. However, Ben needs to appreciate that a dominant defense is the primary reason he has two SB rings. The Steelers need an infusion of youth and playmaking on the defensive side far more than they need a tall receiver.

  26. I can understand him wanting the team to use that first pick on a higher ranked WR, but he needs to take a step back and take a look at how the team has allocated draft picks in recent years. The truth is they’ve invested a lot more picks on the offensive side of the ball (particularly the o-line) and comparatively fewer on defense.

  27. to early to start worring about things like that.wait till august when the team is final….

  28. They did screw up the 15th pick, It should have been Dennard! The Steelers have tried to get that “Big Receiver” because Ben has whined about it. How did Limas Sweed work for ya? Just because your tall doesnt mean you can play!

  29. “The fact that the team’s quarterback admits to initially being miffed about the decision to use the 15th overall pick not on receivers like Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin but on linebacker Ryan Shazier doesn’t show much faith in Bryant or 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton.”

    Actually it shows nothing of the sort. What it shows is that Ben was pissed at neither a 1st or 2nd round pick was used to get him a weapon. Oh, and that there was collusion in there somewhere.

  30. “[The Steelers] obviously have their agenda, the things they want, and they got two guys that they felt can help this team.”

    Shouldn’t it be “we” instead of “they”?

  31. The media periodically tries to stir something up there. The Steelers are fine at WR, I believe you will see…

  32. Ben needs to shut up and work with Wheaton and Bryant the same way Manning went to Denver and worked those receivers; religiously until their all on the same page. If he had Manning’s drive for perfection, he wouldn’t need to worry to much about anything.

  33. I would be willing to bet this is another baited conversation with responses taken out of context as usual. Every QB wants their team to draft the best WR every year! I seriously doubt he was “miffed”.
    The WR’s were not even close to being the biggest problem last season. IMO, it was a lack of pass rush although some would argue it was the secondary.

  34. Let’s not read too much into what Ben said. He is a QB they can never get enough weapons it’s a normal reaction. However he needs to keep his comments in house and not put it out there for the media vultures to eat it up and spit out a different spin.

  35. When I think steelers, I think front 7… they addressed that, that is their identity, good draft.

  36. Big Ben may have initially been upset but wait till Archer and Bryant get their hands on the ball. These comments will be dust in the wind by midseason.

  37. The Tomlin Era will be defined by losing to the Bengals over and over. Don’t hate me, I’m just the messenger.

  38. The Steelers had a horrible draft. Even their franchise quarterback realizes it. The funny part is they didn’t even draft the best LB in the first round! Face it’s Pittsburgh, it’s over for you. Just like the players on their team, the Steelers are old news.

    Ravens>Bengals>Browns>4th place Steelers. Embrace the basement. “Back in my day the Steelers won 15 straight trophies, 27 super bowls and played football the way it was supposed to be played – with horse steroids.” -Steeler fan reminiscing of a time long ago when his team wasn’t old, decrepit and irrelevant (and didn’t have less than 300k in cap space).

    Loyal Raven were you a skins fan before the Ravens came. Your team has no room to talk, Ray Rice beat up his wife your 4th round pick just got arrested, Terrell Suggs threw bleach at his baby mama your franchise player murder some guy. Those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones.

    Shazier and Tuitt were great picks for this team, And Getting Bryant in the 4th round was even better. Big Ben is a bit of a whiner sometimes but at the end of the day i would take anyday over flacco. That guy is like talking to a wall, zippy personality.
    CJ Mosley has reached his ceiling keep drafting Alabama defensive players that are only good because they play behind all americans. Courtney Upshaw and terrence cody proved how terrible alabamas players actually are.

  39. I would have picked Martavis Bryant over Benjamin anyway. Bryant ran a 4.42 and is 6’4″. Benjamin ran a 4.61. Both of them are projects and I’d rather go for the fast one. Can’t teach speed.

  40. BigBen needs to learn the “professional speak” to always say positive things about team/coaches/fans and only negative things are said about his own play. (See Payton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers..etc) I’m sure that was just a lone comment and he wishes he had said “I’m excited to get to work with the great free agents we picked up and the new draftees.” Plus tall does not equal ProBowl (see Sweed and Derke Moye)

  41. As a diehard Steelers fan I can’t help but just throw this out there… Name the last time a Steelers player won rookie of the year honors… The answer is it doesn’t happen much. In fact, Big Ben was the last one to receive the offer WAY back in 2004 when he awarded the NFL offensive rookie of the year… The Steelers have only had 6 players in their history to receive Rookie of the year honors and they were:
    Offense:
    Franco Harris (1972)
    Louis Lipps (1984)
    Ben Roethlisberger (2004)

    Defense:
    Joe Greene (1969)
    Jack Lambert (1974)
    Kendrell Bell (2001)

    My point is, I like you, am worried almost EVERY year about the Steelers draft…. but in all honesty, we won’t know how these rookies are going to pan out until the 2nd or 3rd years of their careers…

    So with that in mind, we as Steelers fans have every right to get excited about Marcus Wheaton, Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell, Jason Worilds, Shamarko, etc etc.,.,

    We have every right to be excited for this years Steelers team, the upcoming 2014 NFL season, and the quest for 7.

    GO STEELERS!!! #STEELERSNATION

  42. It is still too early to judge. And “Craptian Wisdom” who gave you that title? Your mother? Probably not, only you are ignorant enough to even accept it. Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall!!! Put your hands out when you tumble.

  43. I love how the Bungle fans NOW have low expectations. Getting bounced out of the playoffs early will do that to a psyche.

    The Ravens are keeping quiet because they know that offense hasnt improved and they have a criminal laden line up.

    The Browns….

    We will win this division. Haters prepare yourselves.

  44. I think that it’s fair to say fans of teams that have not won a playoff game since the early 90’s need not comment on how good or bad the Steelers are. It comes across as a dash of desperation and a pinch of pathetic.

  45. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    May 28, 2014 12:19 AM
    Hate to break it to you, but Roethlisberger was thrilled later to get Bryant, although it was sheer luck he lasted til the 4th. Here’s the big tall guy they say at Clemson actually played faster than Watkins.

    So I don’t think he’s too sorry about how the draft turned out.

    —————-

    There’s a reason Bryant lasted to the 4th dude. Overly-optimistic fandom only sets you up to be hugely disappointed when you end up with Dominick Hixon 2.0 instead of whatever all-world WR you think you just landed. Bryant has a LONG way to go as a route runner. And As a hands catcher. He’s fast and tall. So is Stephen Hill. Hey. So was Limas Sweed.

  46. I was one of the ticked off fans of not going after cbs early not wrs. In hindsight the team has upgraded the front seven substantially, and added to secondary with Mitchell. The team will add cbs next year if necessary. There will be 3 shorter receivers A. Brown, Wheaton, and L. Moore. Taller receivers J. Brown, Bryant and Heyward-Bey. Receiver is not a big concern. Steelers Bruising defense is no. 1 priority

  47. I remember back in the day i use love football (Steelers) so much i put these guys on a pedestal. Well thanks to Big Ben. From bad practice habits, to 2 rape accusations, numerous idiotic comments that throws his team mate and coaches under the bus. It made me see exactly who athletes are. Yes i still love football (steelers) but i now put everything i see in proper prospective.

    Fact is, half these guys are idiots who happen to have a skill NFL owners are willing to pay a lot for. And when i hear comments like these from Ben, its proves that he is bigger idiot than most.

  48. The Tomlin Era will be defined by losing to the Bengals over and over. Don’t hate me, I’m just the messenger.

    Wake up, wake up…it was just a dream. No you didn’t win a playoff game again and you split with the a Steelers. No go back to sleep skippy.

  49. This has been one of the most entertaining comments section in a long time. Eliteness brings that out.

  50. Who cares what Hines says/said? Remember when he said he doesn’t put himself in risky situations off the field either?

    Cuffed at 2 AM by LA police.

    A later DUI in Georgia.

    Carousing so much off the field it led to his divorce.

    A paternity suit, which later determined he was the father of the child he denied was his.

    Owning a sports bar with a convicted drug dealer.

    People in glass houses Mr. Former Leader of the Wideouts.

  51. Ben is the top QB in this AFCN div. If the Steelers give him the right weapons, he can easily get them to the playoffs again, and maybe more but he has get thru cincy first. Haha.
    Seriously tho, Ben has been still playing at a high level even without a good wr corps. Remember one thing Steelers org, Ben wont be 32 forever.

  52. Way to twist his words Alan Robinson. A 1st grader could tell you the “two guys” Ben is referring to are Shazier and Truitt. Not Archer and Bryant.

  53. What’s your definition of “high level”? Throwing 28 TD passes and committing 20 turnovers — with most of the turnovers occurring during 0-4 and 2-6 starts — might’ve been acceptable 35 years ago but they hardly equate to “high level” in this day and age of QBs rolling out of bed and throwing 4 TD passes per game in the new, updated defenseless NFL.
    Check out some of those defenses the Steelers played against last season: the Lions, the Vikings, the Raiders, the Titans, the Packers. Last season’s abysmal schedule was tailor-made for a 40-TD pass, 12-win season.

  54. Big Bens going to be around for at least 3- 4 more years. The haters better get used to it. He’s been to 3 superbowls. The offense is steadily improving. Fix the defense and Big Ben might be on his way to one or two more superbowl wins before he retires. People can talk about him all they want. The guys a winner who will see at least one more superbowl.

  55. Ben has been doing things like this for long enough now that I mostly ignore it. Frankly, his public comments bore me. At this point in his career, he should know better. With that said, he is right about what he said. I don’t see this as being a great draft for the Steelers. They draft a second round player in the first round, a player with a history of lazy play in the second and an undersized Kent State RB.

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