Cameron Heyward: “Load of crap” to say Steelers lack discipline

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said this week that he doesn’t “think there’s any truth” behind claims that coach Mike Tomlin was the reason why Pittsburgh lost in the AFC Championship Game.

Defensive end Cameron Heyward co-signed that take at Pro Bowl practice on Friday. Heyward has heard the critiques centered on the Steelers lacking discipline under Tomlin and offered a strong rebuke.

“It’s a load of crap to me,” Heyward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re grown men. We’re not in Little League. We lost the game, and we overcame a lot. A lot of teams would have fallen by the wayside. ‘Coach T’ kept everyone focused and moving on to the next problem. Obviously, we had too many problems to deal with, but that’s not on him. … It falls on me and Ben. We’re leaders. As much as we talk about the drama and stuff, it wasn’t like guys were getting arrested or anything, or being caught with stuff. We’ll move past it. It’s nothing that will stick with this team.”

How successful Heyward, Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers are in making sure that happens will be a significant storyline for the Steelers in 2018. Multiple seasons that end with the feeling that the results haven’t met up with the talent will make it more difficult for the Steelers to keep things the same at the top with realistic expectations that the next year will be better.

33 responses to “Cameron Heyward: “Load of crap” to say Steelers lack discipline

  1. OK, how about poorly coached when compared to the best in the AFC? Is that fair? Its one thing to out fox Marvin Lewis and the gang that can’t shoot strait but it’s completely another when facing the Patriots.

  2. “We are grown mean and do not need to be told when to show up fop practice, only need 2 hours before a game, and can stay out the night before doing what ever we want until we want”

  3. When you show up late for meetings( Bell) ….post Facebook videos of the locker room post game( Brown)…that’s an indication of a lack of discipline and control of these guys and that’s a direct reflection of Tomlin…………its is what it is Steeler fans………Tomlin isn’t going anywhere and he isn’t changing …..

  4. ” ‘Coach T’ kept everyone focused and moving on to the next problem.”
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    Found the problem for you, moving on to the next problem before actually fixing the last problem, is well, a problem.

  5. Let’s start the Steeler hype train for next year right now. You know, their “lethal” offense, “splash play” making D, HOF QB, blah, blah, blah. Same BS every year, same preditable results, same excuse making.

  6. Sometimes when an employee (or coach) stay at their job to long it can be a detriment…they get to comfortable and that can be problematic after awhile…just sayin’

  7. “Coach T’ kept everyone focused and moving on to the next problem.”

    To the rest of the world he kept you focused on the Pats instead of the team you had to beat to get to play the Pats

  8. Nobody whines, cries, complains, and blames “outside forces” for losing like Steelers fans. Its about time you looked inward at your own team’s shortcomings. Try this: “We lost because the other team is better.” That’s a foreign concept to Steelers fans, but maybe its time to learn it.

  9. The definition of insanity is expecting a coach to “police” grown men and bashing a head coach whose team is consistently in the playoffs just because he hasn’t beaten Bilichick — which nobody really does.

  10. fireroger says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    “Overcame a lot”. Outside of injuries name 3 things. ?!?!?!?!
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    Here’s 2…surviving the Browns 21-18, and 28-24. You find the 3rd lol.

    In a nutshell, yeah the Steelers are over rated.

  11. It seems like the Steeler players are in denial. But as long as Mike Tomlin is running a country club atmosphere and the players take advantage of his rah rah stuff to talk trash and not act like professionals and focus on their jobs instead of doing Facebook Live, the Steelers will continue to underachieve. The team isn’t disciplined at all. Tomlin allows his players to do what they want. Chandler Jones was a great player with the Patriots but as soon as he had that incident at a police station, he was shipped out. The Steelers have a lot more tolerance for behavior like that

  12. This Patriots fan agrees with Cameron completely. Keep things rolling just like they are. It will all be fine. Stay the course.

  13. Le’veon Bell showing up late was due to a personal matter and the Steelers were already notified about this. Brown’s antics on facetime last year was a discipline problem but that was last year, it has nothing to do with the 2017 season. So half the posters on this thread have no idea what their talking about. I don’t believe the Steelers lack discipline as a team with the exception of Martavis Bryants rant and Bells tweeting. I do think Tomlin needs to quit making statements to the media that are irrelevant. He also needs to keep his players in check on social media. The Steelers will be fine. The biggest concern to me is getting the defense back to a championship caliber team. Inside LB wasn’t getting it done in the playoffs.

  14. .
    “Obviously, we had too many problems to deal with,”
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    No offense, dude, but a reasonable man could make a strong case that the Steelers were the most talented team in the league. If you had problems, they were of your own making.
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  15. youngnoizecom says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    The definition of insanity is expecting a coach to “police” grown men and bashing a head coach whose team is consistently in the playoffs just because he hasn’t beaten Bilichick — which nobody really does.

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    Its not the Patriots that ended the Steeler’s season. Their turn never came up.

  16. steelcurtainn says:

    January 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Le’veon Bell showing up late was due to a personal matter and the Steelers were already notified about this. Brown’s antics on facetime last year was a discipline problem but that was last year, it has nothing to do with the 2017 season. So half the posters on this thread have no idea what their talking about. I don’t believe the Steelers lack discipline as a team with the exception of Martavis Bryants rant and Bells tweeting. I do think Tomlin needs to quit making statements to the media that are irrelevant. He also needs to keep his players in check on social media. The Steelers will be fine. The biggest concern to me is getting the defense back to a championship caliber team. Inside LB wasn’t getting it done in the playoffs.
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    Do you have a source that Bell being late was excused by the team?

    You seem to think last year is relevant for some reason, but there was also Brown wearing incorrect shoes last year. When Tomlin was asked he responded “What am I supposed to do, not play him?”. Last year is still relevant.

  17. Do you have a source that Bell being late was excused by the team?
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    Don’t have the source, just heard it was a personal matter and the team was aware of it. I mean what’s LB supposed to do if you have a personal matter. Could be something more important then football. No one knows what the personal matter was? Could be very excusable if you ask me. For whatever reason Mike T has let these distractions happen the last couple years. The distractions need to go and it starts with him not making any predicitons when their is no need for it.

  18. Steelcurtain- good job making up that cover story. If only it were true which it isn’t. Tomlin weakness is a undisciplined team.

  19. good job making up that cover story. If only it were true which it isn’t. Tomlin weakness is a undisciplined team.
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    It’s legit, look it up for yourself.

  20. Bell said it was he who was late to take care of a personal matter that started
    on Saturday, and caused him to be late arriving before the game the next day.
    The coaches knew and understood the situation.

    It didn’t stop him from having another terrific day on the field.
    Do you really think Bell would willingly blow off a walk through and
    be late for the biggest game of the year, for no good reason?

    What good would it have done benching him ?

    The coach who was late was probably Haley. Most probably getting treatment
    on his broken hip, so he could stand outside in the cold, on the sidelines for most
    of the day. I think he managed to do a pretty good job of it. He showed a lot of
    courage and inner strength, and his offense put up 42 points on the leagues top D.

    Both men who were late, came in at the top of their games and performed
    at a high level come game time. So, how does this reflect badly on Tomlin?

    It’s a baseless narrative that doesn’t add up to anything. It’s a mindless witch hunt
    being fueled by ignorant fools.

  21. Cam Heyward came to the Steelers as the No. 1 pick when they got Tebowed out out of Denver. So, bless his heart, he really doesn’t know any other team than the hot mess he’s playing for now.

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