One of the biggest stories of the offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been about change. Gone are veterans James Farrior, Hines Ward and Aaron Smith, as well as offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. While the players are sorting themselves out, the coaching situation has been solidified by Todd Haley and his Rosetta Stone of a playbook.At first, Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seemed distant about the playbook, voicing displeasure at every opportunity. Fortunately, that opposition seems to be lifting as the team heads to mini-camp. In fact, Roethlisberger has been slowly starting to say all the things fans are looking for, especially considering that a positive attitude and progression are keys to mastering a new system.
When asked about the offense following the end of team’s OTA sessions on Thursday he had this to say. "We've made some strides. Every day is a little bit better. I'm not saying I could go out and call a game myself right now but I understand when (Haley) calls a play I know what’s going on for the most part." Of course, there are still some concerns about the new system, but Roethlisberger’s positive outlook is something many did not see coming this soon in the offseason following some of the comments the quarterback made earlier in the year.
Another concern is along the offensive line (again) where first round pick guard David DeCastro and second round pick tackle Mike Adams could begin their careers as starters on his offensive line. On that note, Roethlisberger had this to say about the idea, “As long as they do their job, I don’t care.”
While his views on the potential rookie starters are not earth shattering, he did manage to make some waves during the interview. He seemed to be making a statement wearing number 78 in honor of former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle, Max Starks, who is an unrestricted free agent recovering from an ACL injury suffered during the playoffs.
Roethlisberger left much to the imagination of the reporters about his attire only really commenting that Starks was doing well and feels fine. Given the recent direction of the Steelers organization during the draft, fans wonder if Starks will return or if his days in the black and gold are over. If he had his way, that left tackle position is one that would not change.
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