Ben Roethlisberger started answering a question about Hines Ward and how the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver is dealing with his diminished role.
The Steelers quarterback ended up talking about the message that Bruce Arians delivered to the offensive players Wednesday.
“Coach said if you’re a team that’s not doing very good record-wise then you’re fighting for Pro Bowls. For teams that are Super Bowl contenders you really shouldn’t care about Pro Bowls,” Roethlisberger said. “I think it was a good message for all of us, for some guys just to re-remember those things and for some young guys to think about it.”
Roethlisberger said it is the first time this season that Arians has talked about the need to put team goals ahead of individual ones in a group setting.
Was it a message that needed to be delivered?
“No but I think it’s good for our offense to hear because we’ve got a lot of young guys and guys that can put up huge numbers,” Roethlisberger said. “If they’re starting to double guys like Mike Wallace, who’s on pace for unbelievable numbers he shouldn’t get frustrated for the simple fact that if we’re winning games that’s all that matters and same thing with Antonio Brown. I think it was a good message for all of us for some guys just to re-remember those things and for some guys to think about it.”
Wallace said he never loses sight of that message. But, he added, individual and team goals don’t necessarily have to be at odds with one another.
“You’re always going to think those things because that’s just natural being a player you want to be the best you can be,” Wallace said of individual goals. “But as long as you’re handling your business for your team I think you’ll get where you need to go and where the team needs to go. We remember the feeling from last year and we still have that on our mind so we need to get back to the Super Bowl.”
— Scott Brown