Someone shot and emailed photo of me on the Steelers sideline shortly after Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekial Elliot dashed up the middle to give the Cowboys a 35-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Heinz Field. Although Ben Roethlisberger engineered the drive that put the Steelers ahead 30-29 with 42 seconds remaining in the game, again after the loss he reverted back to his finger pointing self, while advising all that would listen to revisit the classic, worst selling, but well-read and timeless novel; “All About Ben.” After the tough loss, Roethlisberger not only threw his teammates and coaches under the bus, he was the driver and navigator of the “megabus” that ran them over.
“We are undisciplined and unaccountable.” He pointed out in his usual blame shifting way. “That’s why (the Cowboys) are one of the best in the business and we’re not right now.” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin echoed Roethlisberger’s sentiments, sort of. “[Just} not enough discipline in our play to be victorious.” he said. He did not appear to be in great spirits, you dig. Would you? Discipline, you wanna talk about discipline? Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell had this to say about the ill-fated, overzealous play of his teammate, rookie defensive back Sean Davis, chosen by the Steelers in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. “Sean was okay, obviously you don’t want the penalty in that situation, but he was trying to punch the ball out. That’s the bottom line. He was trying to punch the ball out, I was trying to punch the ball out. He was trying to make a play, it just so happened that we had a penalty.” Roethlisberger feigned ignorance when he was asked how the Steelers arrived at this juncture in the season. “I don’t know. Is it the players? Is it coaches? I don’t know, but we need to get there quick.” Discipline and loyalty are two traits that all men should possess or at least be required to possess. There are times that Ben Roethlisberger seems to have neither attribute. I know that he has heard he rumblings and grumblings about the Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin not instilling enough discipline, so what does he do? In a very covert, insidious and devious way, Roethlisberger continues, expands upon and adds to the negative dialogue being tossed around about his head coach. Jeremy Fowler of espn.com mentioned in his postgame article after Sunday’s game that Roethlisberger had recently mentioned that physicality of the Pittsburgh Steelers practices may have been a contributing factor to the slew of injuries that the Black and Gold have been experiencing over the past few seasons. Discipline, Ben Roethlisberger should not ever dare to allow his lips to pucker up to even say the word discipline. How many times has Mike Tomlin been forced to face a piranha and shark-like media circling the postgame press room waters as if he were fresh carrion floating on the surface ready to be consumed? Tomlin would stroll into his press briefing with his game face on, while putting forth his very best effort to put a positive spin on Ben Roethlisberger throwing a game ending pick or losing a game ending fumble while trying to “make something happen or extend a play,” when he could have just thrown the ball into the stands and lived to play another set of downs? There are a few of the young Pittsburgh players that need to taken to the woodshed and be given their comeuppance, but such is the culture of youth today. There are also a few of the veteran players, including Roethlisberger that have not, but should have been taken to the woodshed many, many years ago. But such is the culture and the spirit of entitlement of the recent past. Ben Roethlisberger had better be careful. Is it better not to throw stones if you live in glass house? Or is it better not to live in a glass house at all? You be the judge….I’m out. (espn.com was the source of this story)
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