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fordfixer
12-18-2009, 02:33 AM
Steelers' Roethlisberger has words for Bus

By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, December 18, 2009
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger responded to comments Thursday that former teammate Jerome Bettis made on a syndicated radio program that the Steelers' season "is basically over'' following their 13-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"When you lose your spirit, then everything is pretty much gone,'' Bettis said on the Dan Patrick Show. "It tells me the leadership isn't there.''

Said Roethlisberger: "I guess he's entitled to his opinion. He's not on this team, he's not in this locker room, so he's just taking an outside view as all of you (media) guys are. If you don't know, I don't think you should speak on it.''

Roethlisberger addressed a number of topics yesterday during his weekly session with the media, including the Steelers' five-game losing streak the longest of his football career.

"Not in high school, not here, and I don't think so in college,'' Roethlisberger said. "For me, you get upset, you get disappointed. I hate losing more than anything. You have to play your best football to try to get out of it.''

WR Limas Sweed (illness) missed his second consecutive day of practice yesterday. LB James Farrior (not injury related), WR Hines Ward (hamstring) and C Justin Hartwig (knee) returned to practice, but Hartwig was limited. G Chris Kemoeatu (wrist) was limited for the second consecutive day.

DIGITS

3 Consecutive Steelers' home wins against Green Bay.

fordfixer
12-18-2009, 02:38 AM
Jerome Bettis on the Steelers' problems: 'The leadership isn't there'
12:54 PM
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Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis said today that the defending Super Bowl champs have no hope of reclaiming their season and making a push for the playoffs.

"The Steelers are done," Bettis said on Dan Patrick's radio show. "It's not official yet, but it's pretty much."

Losers of five straight, the Steelers have sunk to 6-7 and likely need to win their final three games to have a chance at earning a wild-card berth. Bettis, who retired from the Steelers after the 2005 season, couldn't pinpoint why Pittsburgh has fallen so far but said the an ineffective running game and motivational problems were factors.

"When you lose your spirit, then everything is pretty much gone," Bettis said. "And that's what I saw when they hit the field against the Cleveland Browns." The Steelers lost to the Browns last Thursday for the first time since 2003.

Bettis also said coach Mike Tomlin shares in the blame. "When you don't have the enthusiasm to get up for a game in which you have to win, then it tells me that the leadership isn't there," he said.

"There had to be a disconnect from the head coach's message to the players ... you hear coach Tomlin talk about 'unleashing hell' and they go out and lay an egg the next week." -- Sean Leahy