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Steelers player responds to Ben Roethlisberger’s strong criticism

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Nov 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

A Pittsburgh Steelers veteran is responding after former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger questioned whether the team’s tradition is eroding.

In his weekly podcast, Roethlisberger questioned whether the Steelers’ tradition is “done” following their 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots. The former quarterback questioned the team’s coaching and leadership, and wondered which players were willing to confront others and set the tone.

It was a stinging criticism from a franchise icon, and it prompted current Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward to offer a response on Thursday’s edition of “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network.

“Ben his an opinion. He’s entitled to that, but I don’t agree,” Heyward said. “We lost these last two games, been rough, but the Steelers way is about grinding it out and it doesn’t matter what’s going on. There’s plenty to be done about it, and tradition starts by winning games, having good defense, and scoring points.”

The Steelers have certainly been grinding, but without much reward. Their disjointed offense has been a big problem, and even coach Mike Tomlin is starting to hear criticism. Roethlisberger’s take might be a bit extreme, but things are certainly not right in Pittsburgh.

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