Joe Greene Jersey , Ben Roethlisberger is focusing on his offensive line Trust me, I realize the large majority of Pittsburgh Steelers fans are sick-and-tired of hearing, and reading, about Le’Veon Bell. However, while Bell’s absence from the team dominates the news wire around Steelers Nation, Ben Roethlisberger decided to bring some attention to the players who matter most to an offense — the offensive line.When asked about what the absence of Bell means for the offense, his answer was a good one.“You know football is the ultimate team sport. One guy doesn’t make, or break, you. So, I’d like to say the linemen are more important than any skill position player, including myself, on this team. So, this offense is more than just one guy.”You can hear more from Roethlisberger, courtesy of Jeremy Fowler of ESPN Terrell Edmunds Jersey , in the video below:Roethlisberger would go on to talk about how he feels James Conner is not just a ‘year better’ but showing some very good signs heading into his sophomore season in the black-and-gold. In fact, he even mentioned how the offense is ‘excited’ to see what Conner can bring to the table if/when he is given the opportunity.What is worth noting is how Roethlisberger’s comments don’t just sound like a team captain trying to keep the focus on the team, and not the individual, but he also speaks the truth. In the game of football, you need skill players, this isn’t a debate, but you also need to have the big men up front paving the way and protecting those skill players. For instance, the Steelers have proven they can run the ball without Le’Veon Bell, and some suggest a one cut, downhill running style, like both James Conner and Stevan Ridley’s styles, is easier on the offensive line. Therefore, some would say it is more about the line than the running back in some instances.Effectiveness matters, and the Steelers offensive line has been nothing short of that in pass protection the past two seasons. This allows Roethlisberger to feed the ball to the likes of Jesse James Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on time and in rhythm. So, when Roethlisberger talks about the importance of the offensive line, he isn’t just being a ‘fearless leader’, but is being honest. Fans should remember just how bad the offensive line was during the early years of Roethlisberger’s career. Players like Jonathan Scott, Justin Hartwig, Sean Mahan and Darnell Stapleton were once the norm, but since the team has put an emphasis on the line, the offense has also turned around. Drafting players like Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert in the first or second rounds has paid huge dividends, add in undrafted free agent Ramon Foster with free agent pickup Alejandro Villanueva, throw in Mike Munchak and the Steelers have built one of the best offensive lines in the game.If Le’Veon Bell chooses to sit out for weeks, and not just one game, the Steelers offense will take a hit. However, as Roethlisberger alluded to Cameron Heyward Jersey , it is safe to say the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense will go as far as their offensive line takes them.To hear all of Ben’s interview, check the video below: Contrary to initial reports detailing an amicable to start to negotiations, it is clear the league and the players union have a very long way to go to find common ground." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest News2013 Steelers DraftNFLPA warns players to prepare for a lockout while NFL floats idea of 18-game schedule againNew,56commentsContrary to initial reports detailing an amicable to start to negotiations, it is clear the league and the players union have a very long way to go to find common ground.EDTShareTweetShareShareNFLPA warns players to prepare for a lockout while NFL floats idea of 18-game schedule againPhoto by Alex Trautwig/Getty ImagesDespite bringing you news of positive meetings between the NFL and the NFLPA last week, it appears that both sides in the negotiation are intent on playing out much of their drama in the public eye over the coming 18 months.Within hours of a New York Times report detailing productive discussions, reports began to emerge of an email sent out by the players union advising all members to save money in preparation of a potential work stoppage in 2021. A reminder of a similar warning they had given to players the year before and one that just happened to wind up in the hands of the media. As reported by Dan Graziano of ESPN, the email read:And with the NFLPA more than willing to flex their strongest negotiating tactic in the press, the league office did not take long to come back with some flexing of their own via a report in the Washington post citing a mysterious unnamed high-ranking NFL official. In an article that reiterated the league’s desire to expand to an 18-game schedule, the prospect of changing disciplinary rules and relaxing laws on marijuana were dangled as a carrot. The players position on expanding to an 18-game schedule has already been made quite clear over the years, with many owners noticeably undecided about the proposal themselves when the discussing the subject publicly in the past. The suspicious timing and intent of the Washington Post report not going unnoticed by those with experience of the previous CBA negotiations either. With the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) not due to end until after the 2020 season, it is interesting to note how much the saga is already playing out in the press. But while both sides will do their best to elicit support from the fans over the coming months, it will be hard for many to relate to either side in this battle set to be waged between mostly millionaires and billionaires.
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