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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers deserved to get booed

The Pittsburgh Steelers embarrassed themselves during a 34-24 Week 14 home loss to the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, and the fans even booed the team at different points in the game.

The boos were most noticeable after receiver Mike Wallace dropped a pass during the second quarter when the team was only down 3-0. Even though Wallace finished with seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns, what stood out to the fans was that play, especially after Wallace had limited production the previous four games.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seemed to come to Wallace’s defense by grouping the entire offense together. He says he really let his teammates hear it during halftime of the game.

“I laid into the whole offense, not just Mike,” Roethlisberger told reporters this week, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think we all deserved to get booed, which I feel like we did.”

It’s odd to hear Roethlisberger say the offense deserved to get booed when, earlier in the week, he seemed to be upset with fans for booing the team.

“Nobody should ever get booed. We are out there busting our butt,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Nobody intentionally does anything to hurt the team. I don’t intentionally throw interceptions and guys don’t intentionally miss blocks or fumble. We don’t intentionally do it.”

Wallace probably is a different case from the rest of the team. Steelers fans didn’t like it when he held out and were probably upset over his contract demands, which were reported to be outrageous.

The bottom line is the Steelers are 7-6 and in danger of missing the playoffs. They need to start playing better and winning if they want the booing to stop. They have a big game on Sunday in Dallas that will have a huge impact on the postseason chances for both teams.

via SBB Live



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