The captain of the Steelers' defense thinks the captain of the Steelers' offense needs to change the way he's playing.
The offensive captain's response? Ben Roethlisberger is going to be Ben Roethlisberger no matter what Ryan Clark thinks.
With the Steelers (0-4) still winless as mid-October approaches there was bound to be some internal restlessness. It finally surfaced when Clark suggested Roethlisberger cut back on his improvisational playmaking because he is taking too many sacks (15) and committing too many turnovers (nine).
Clark emphasized he isn't trying to single out Roethlisberger but rather is identifying a team-wide problem.
“We need to protect Ben. Defensively we need to make plays so Ben doesn't feel like he has to do everything. Offensively we need to protect him so he can get the ball out” Clark said Wednesday. “The receivers need to get open. The running backs need to run the ball.
“But in that as well he needs to understand that as constructed right now we are...