Ben Roethlisberger ready for “normalcy” after “crazy” few years

AP

The Steelers have had a quiet offseason. Some might even say they are boring.

Ben Roethlisberger bonded with teammates at his Georgia lake house. Artie Burns knows he has to “get right or get going.” Mike Hilton said a holdout of training camp “hasn’t even crossed my mind” despite having not signed his exclusive rights tender and wanting a long-term deal. Alejandro Villanueva earns MBA from Carnegie Mellon. All the Steelers showed up for the mandatory minicamp for a change.

Quiet. Boring. Some might even say normal.

“You know it’s been a little crazy the last few years, maybe more so than usual that we’re used to dealing with,” Roethlisberger said at his annual football camp Sunday, via video from Jeremy Fowler from ESPN. “So to kind of get back to quote-unquote normalcy is kind of nice.”

What went unsaid was Antonio Brown is in Oakland and Le'Veon Bell is with the Jets.

The Steelers, though, also will have to figure out a way to replace the All-Pro players’ production. Bell and Brown contributed a combined 2,409 touches for 19,322 yards and 116 touchdowns in their years in Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger is confident in his new weapons.

“I’m excited. I really am excited about what we have,” Roethlisberger said. “You know we put a lot of work in and that’s what it’s going to take. It’s going to take a team effort, and we’re all going to give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re going to give everything we have.”

53 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger ready for “normalcy” after “crazy” few years

  1. “Normalcy” after “crazy”, Ben??? Gimme a break. You are front and center of the “crazy” that has been the Steelers these past few years. Own it.

  2. I wish all these guys would just stop talking. Show us, stop telling us.
    Starting with Tomlin. Captain Catch Phrase

  3. Big Ben has two super bowl wins. Both came before Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell ever arrived in Pittsburgh. Look at what the Eagles did the year they got rid of Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. They won their first super bowl in franchise history. A team is much better off when everyone is rowing the boat in the same direction.

  4. Normalcy is not something they should have to strive for,it’s something that should be expected. Ben had to call out Antonio because the coach was doing nothing about his diva antics. I hate to say it but the coach has to handle that not the qb. Tomlin was even warned by the Rooney’s at the end of last season.

  5. Ben still has the stats to get it done and reporters are going to be shoving a Mic in his face every chance they get. He answered correctly. Addiction by subtraction.

  6. He drove out huge talents like Bell and Brown and now he wants peace? Hoo boy! If you don’t want chaos, here’s a tip. Don’t spend your entire career creating it.

  7. charliecharger says:
    June 17, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Big Ben has two super bowl wins. Both came before Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell ever arrived in Pittsburgh. Look at what the Eagles did the year they got rid of Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. They won their first super bowl in franchise history. A team is much better off when everyone is rowing the boat in the same direction.

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    I agree with your overall point, but the Eagles did not succeed because of ditching Jackson and McCoy. They went 7-9 two seasons in a row after trading McCoy. They are better because they have done a much better job of acquiring talent since they fired Chip Kelly, who wasn’t able to manage those personalities.

  8. Discarding the ‘problem’ children to the Jets and Raiders was a great start…BUT NOW BIG Ben needs to be a leader and GUIDE the younger guys. Because if he doesnt get it down THIS YEAR, I see Tomlen and Big Ben history after the season.

  9. they already replaced Bell’s numbers last year, and look to have improved the RB’s even more this year. This year they need to replace AB’s numbers, or come close. But they are not all of a sudden replacing both players at the same time.

  10. Can we please stop with the tired “How are they going to replace Lev Bell” narrative?
    They replaced him last year. James Connor had a Pro-Bowl season. Bell didn’t show up for any activities and didn’t play a single snap. Guess what? Connor had a great year, Jaylen Samuels looked solid when rotated in and called on (130 yards on the ground against the Pats anyone?) and the running game improved by every statistical measure from the year before when Bell was the guy. Yes they are going to have to figure out how to move on from AB. Juju is a stud, they have James Washington, drafted Diontae Johnson and brough in Moncrief. They have been the best team the past decade at finding, drafting and developing WR talent. No one of those guys is AB, but they can find a way to continue to be a top offense without him.

  11. “He drove out huge talents like Bell and Brown and now he wants peace? ”

    Bell left because he thought he could get more money on the open market than what the Steelers offered him. He was wrong, but it had nothing to do with Ben

    Brown left because he wanted a bigger deal. If you don’t think the whole thing was orchestrated between him and Rosenhaus than you are silly. He went off, torched him teammates, bleached his stache, refused to take calls from the coach or GM and wouldn’t get traded without a new deal with big money in place. If he wanted out because he hated his teammates, he would have been more selective in where he went. THe lynch pin for a trade was a new, big money deal because that’s why he was doing what he was doing. Ben was just a scape goat, as were all the other guys he burned to get his contract.

  12. Normalcy…so for the Steelers that means inept coaching, Ben indulging in self-pity, and getting booted from the playoffs in rounds 1 or 2 if they make it there.

  13. “Quiet” Offseason? Have you been paying attention or is this an example of fake news trying to cover for a league darling organization that has had an offseason full of drama by all accounts.

    If this was any other team.

  14. myspaceyourface says:
    June 17, 2019 at 8:16 am
    I wish all these guys would just stop talking. Show us, stop telling us.
    Starting with Tomlin. Captain Catch Phrase
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    Its almost like they have an obligation to answer the media’s questions in interviews. Crazy!

  15. When you look at the Steelers’ issues, you have to wonder what’s going on at the top. I know people like to blame coaches, but how are they supposed to police players who make more money than them and have more influence with the GM/Owner. The coach is moreso a figurehead than disciplinarian. With that said, Ben probably has more power in that organization than Tomlin. He’s a larger investment.

  16. I don’t give two craps what happened in the past. Since none of us are privy to what actually goes on, or went on, in the locker room, we all spout our opinions. While I do not think that BR is an angel, I do think the main problem was AB, and his over the top diva attitude which was allowed to blossom under the weak hand of Tomlin, and ownership in general. The hope is, they have ALL learned from their mistakes. I think the Steelers will be better without AB. While he is a supreme talent, there is more to winning than having all of the best or most talented players. All one has to do is look at the Patriots. Outside of Brady, they have a great coach, and excellent players that want to play and win as a TEAM. They are not interested in guys like AB, who are content to celebrate catching 10 passes for 150 and 2 TDs in a losing effort. Old school Steeler fans are not used to guys like that, and that’s why the majority are glad to see him go.

  17. you have those QBs who take all the blame when it comes to what happens on the field, because they are the QB making all the money. Then you have guys like this dude who throw guys under the bus then act like nothing is wrong.

  18. joker65 says:
    June 17, 2019 at 8:54 am

    So Ben is putting the blame back on the other guys again, huh? Typical.
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    While that might be what he meant, you’re guessing at part of the meaning. Could have just been like oil and water – the two of them just didn’t get along. As far as Bell’s concerned, it was business, it messed with the locker room not knowing if or when he’d come back… but now that they know what they’ve got, it’s more normal.

    He may or may not have been “blaming” them.

  19. Big Ben has two super bowl wins. Both came before Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell ever arrived in Pittsburgh.

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    Those teams had a great core of defensive players, at least two who will be in the hall of fame. Ben was fortunate to be drafted there at that time.

    It all went downhill when Ben became the veteran leader of the locker room. The Steelers have made it past the divisional round one time in the last 8 seasons. The same can be said for the Cardinals, Jaguars, and Vikings.

  20. Remember the last time the Steelers sniffed the playoffs, they gave up 50 points at home to Blake Bortles and the Jags?

  21. sounds passive aggressive to me

    And you sound typically Patriot hypocritical…..Ben is no angel but he is not the diva that Bell and AB were and to think that he is is just obtuse. Ben needs to be more like Brady and only answer questions that make him look good and stay away from PED questions like Brady does for example.

  22. charliecharger says:
    June 17, 2019 at 8:21 am
    Big Ben has two super bowl wins. Both came before Antonio Brown or LeVeon Bell ever arrived in Pittsburgh. Look at what the Eagles did the year they got rid of Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. They won their first super bowl in franchise history. A team is much better off when everyone is rowing the boat in the same direction
    +++++++++++++++++++
    Ben won two super bowls with Dick LeBeau. Even Brady hasn’t won a super bowl without a top ten defense so there is something to be said about needing a defense.

  23. they were fine w/out le’veon last year. they’ll figure out a way to replace a.b.’s production and they’ll be fine w/out him. the beat rolls on.

  24. I hope the Steelers do get it together this season, more good teams means more good games.

  25. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    June 17, 2019 at 9:03 am
    He drove out huge talents like Bell and Brown and now he wants peace? Hoo boy! If you don’t want chaos, here’s a tip. Don’t spend your entire career creating it.

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    First Bell was unhappy that he touched the ball too much. “If you’re going to give James Conner 31 carries, imagine how many you’d give to Le’Veon Bell?” Bell reportedly complained to Maurice Jones Drew after week one of last season (Le’Veon Bell still leery about workload 9/14/18).

    After the season Bell complained that he didn’t get the ball enough because Ben had favorites who he “gave all the shine.”

    Bell and Browne both wanted more money. Which is their right, I guess. But the only thing that ran them out of Pittsburgh was greed. And in bell’s case extreme stupidity and a really terrible agent.

  26. Steelers had a great run with Ben but its time to move on and rebuild. They won 2, went to 3 but probably should have been to 5. Brady and Belichick are still the class of the AFC.

  27. IMO, the Steelers still run the AFC North. Cleveland has been down so long I’m permanently in “I’ll believe it when I see it” mode with them. Still uncertain about Lamar Jackson in Baltimore and not sure that team didn’t take a step backwards this off season. I actually agree with Roethlisberger; getting rid of Brown and Bell is addition by subtraction for the Steelers. I really think they’ll be improved this season.

  28. They’ll finish last in their division and Tomlin will be fired. If you think JuJu will even sniff his prior stats without AB demanding attention, you’re delusional. They have a bottom 10 defense and declining offensive line.

  29. What’s the over/under on when he throws someone under the bus for the first time this year??

  30. AB wasn’t the only one laughing when he went “Facebook live”, when James Harrison left, players threw him under the bus. We don’t need to be in the locker room to see what’s going on. Just like a detective,put the clues together and you can see that leadership is lacking.

  31. Nothing will change until they kick Dumblin to the curb! He was touted as a defense & secondary guru and both have gotten worse under his feeble command! Can’t manage a clock, makes no in game adjustments and doesn’t understand when to challenge a play! All the talent in the world on offense and absolutely nothing to show for it in last 8 years!

  32. Ok. So Brown and Bell are gone. And in return you got a 5th round pick. Two of the best players at their positions and all you have in return is cap space and a 5th round pick. Traded away additional picks to go get a need LB in the first round. I will admit I don’t like the Steelers. It doesn’t look all the good for the future. Everyone else in the division is getting younger and the Steelers are getting older, quickly. 7-9 is my prediction. That defense won’t be able to handle games late. And JuJu will be doubled all day.

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    June 17, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    They’ll finish last in their division and Tomlin will be fired. If you think JuJu will even sniff his prior stats without AB demanding attention, you’re delusional. They have a bottom 10 defense and declining offensive line.

    If only you had to put some money on your predictions. I’d be on the other side of then all year long.

  34. steelcurtainn says:
    June 18, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Steelers will be in the thick of the playoff race this year and should do so with a much better defense then years past especially the secondary.

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    The Steelers will be battling the Bengals for 3rd place….

  35. They’ll finish last in their division and Tomlin will be fired. If you think JuJu will even sniff his prior stats without AB demanding attention, you’re delusional. They have a bottom 10 defense and declining offensive line.

    11 2

    Where are the facts to even make your opinion close to reality? Oh wait facts are just an inconvenience to a trolling CEO of a 30 million dollar company…right.

    Had Brady said this you would have stars in your eyes and you would be in Heaven….such a loser….CEO sure.

  36. His normalcy is getting injured and losing against scrub teams. Check out his super bowl stats. The rest of the AFC North is not getting any weaker. They have to play the Patriots in Foxboro in week 1, the Seahawks, the Niners with a healthy Jimmy Garopolo, the Chargers in Los Angeles a few weeks later, the Colts, and the Rams. The Ravens and Browns are no pushovers either.

  37. Ben did not drive out anyone. Bell wanted more money than the Steelers were willing to pay and it is becoming more and more apparent that AB wanted more money too and did it by forcing the Steerlers to ship him to a team (Raiders) what would pay him more money.

    These guys are divas and whether Ben was the QB or Brady I doubt the outcome would have been any different.

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