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Arians tells players to keep eyes on the prize

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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

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Comments

  1. Paulie Raspa says:

    I agree with the message but dis-agree with the message…. Here are the reasons:
    If Mike Wallace shoots for 10 passes a game his way & cathes 7 and Antonio Brown wants the Ball 10 times & catches 8 and Rashard wants 25 touches etc. etc. then that creates competiiton amongst the team. Isn’t that what you want?? — Each player individually striving to be their best —- That’s what I would want.If Wallace catches a screen and get’s 10 yds… I want Antonio catching the same screen and getting 11yds.If Hines LAYS out a DB on a Block then I want to see Antonio ,Sanders, Wallace & Cotchery DOING THE SAME THING!!!!!
    When we are being outdone by a Colleague do we not want to strive to be better than them??? Isn’t that the way guys like Ward,Farrior & Smith Mentor their fellow teammates…

  2. Paulie Raspa says:

    HEY CARL—— YOU MADE FUN AT MY LAST BLOG ABOUT MIDGETS AND I SPECIFICALLY CALLED OUT KOMEATU—- WELL THE SLOW TALL FAT GUY WAS BENCHED FOR THE SHORTER STOCKIER “STRONGER” LEGURSKY!!!! STICK TO BEING A PUNTER OR PLACE-KICK HOLDER(LOL) , I KNOW A THING OR 2 ABOUT THE O-LINE — THE LOWER GUY WINS THE BATTLE EVERY TIME!!!!!

  3. Paulie Raspa says:

    MY BLOG BELOW & CARL THE PLACEKICKER HOLDER’ BLOG ANSWERING MINE!!

    Mark — Max Starks looked slow — but has Ben been hit from the Blindside since he has been back????NO!!! THANK GOD!!
    Dude — why don’t you and the rest of the writers there watch and see what all of us fans see— OUR QB GETTING HIT BECAUSE OUR O-LINE IS NOT “LOW” ENOUGH ON THEIR BLOCKS?????? KOMEATU HAS LOOKED SLOW– LEGURSKY IS A SMARTER PLAYER –NOT AS BIG BUT HE CAN GET THERE AND MAKE THE BLOCKS– AND HE IS “LOW” TO BEGIN WITH!!!! 6′0 TOPS — PLAYING O-LINE IS ABOUT LEVERAGE NOT JUST STRENGTH–
    NOT 1 OF YOU GUYS EVER PAY A BLAME TO THEIR O-LINE COACH KUGLER!!! WHY NOT??? YOU GUYS WRITE HOW MANY DIFFERENT LINEMAN HE HASHAD TO PLUG HERE AND THERE BUT NOT ABOUT THE “ART” OF BLOCKING— LOW GUY WINS EVERY TIME…LOOK AT HOW LOW JAMES HARRISON GETS VS. OPPOSING OT.. BECAUSE JAMES KNOWS THE LOW MAN WINS!!!! ASK HIM THAT QUESTION — HOW DO YOU BEAT THE OT AROUND THE LEAGUE?? IT’S NOT JUST STRENGTH AND SPEED, IT’S THE LOW MAN WHO WINS!!!
    BEN WILL BE SACKED 45-50 TIMES— JUST LIKE I STATED HERE BACK IN WEEK 2…….. WHEN BATCH TAKES OVER THAT NUMBER WILL INCREASE!!!

    13.Carl
    November 16th, 2011 – 3:52 pm Hey Paulie, at the top of these responses, why don’t we just get 5 really strong midgets to play O-line for us, then we will destroy all!
    I think there’s a bit more to playing line in the NFL then getting “low”, otherwise every team in the NFL would stay away from the proto-typical O-lineman, who is generally 6′5″-ish and 320lbs.

  4. eyeheartbrucearians says:

    I hope to God that the only prize Two-Drive Bruce has his eyes on is a gold retirement watch.

    What say we take up a collection for it?

    “To ‘BA,’ in appreciation of your years of disservice and underachievement”
    –Your adoring fans, not.

    Now if only we can find a watch that runs fast for 15 minutes, and then stops.

  5. Doug Halfen says:

    There is no Super Bowl — there is only Kansas City.

    Keep your eyes on the prize (indeed). ;^>

  6. Don Lewis says:

    I realize this is a little off the subject of todays article, but I’m ticked off that after all these years of loyalty and effort, that Hines Ward, one of the real fan favorites for years, and who is so close to the end of his career, doesn’t seem to be getting the chance to ice his HOF credentials. It’s not like he can’t do the job any more. He still produces every time he gets in there. He only needs a handfull of catches and yards to put him numerically among the elite of all time – and we all know how important statistics are to the HOF voters – which unfortunately why Heath Miller, who has probably been the best all-around TE in the busniss for years will never make it to the HOF. With KC and two games against the Cleveland Clowns you can’t tell me there isn’t room to ice Wards chances for the immortality he deserves. Wake up Tomlin, let the man smell the roses.

  7. David says:

    @Don Lewis. 100% Agreed.

  8. Rick says:

    Egads folks, we have 6 more games to go, one at a time please.
    Ward will get his stuff, he had to get back into proper shape after two injuries. I am glad Brown is coming along and glad we have Cotchery to step in.
    The O-line needs to stay focused, I don’t care who is in, they need to play UP TO the level and caliber of this team. They play well and all the other stuff falls into place.
    Defense needs to get nastier – sack Goodell, harass him (he he), and jump over Anderson on the way, he’s all mouth!
    Seriously, the dee needs to notch it up some more. They have been doing OK, but have had lapses.
    And I hope all the refs eat too much and are lethargic on Sunday still, too slow to pull flags, or at least maybe see things in this universe and call penalties equally on both teams.
    Happy Thanksgiving all, enjoy, stay safe.

  9. Stephen in New York says:

    I don’t mean to be an iconoclast, and have all the respect in the world for Hines Ward between the lines, but think about a couple things…

    I can’t remember what year it was, but wasn’t he complaining in training camp about being asked to work from the slot? He didn’t want to because he wanted to do his own work getting ready for the season, not do what the coaches wanted to look at.
    Didn’t he hold out in 2005?
    What was he doing dancing in the off-season?
    What’s with this DUI?

    He deserves what he produces, not more and not less.
    Yeah, I hope he gets his 1,000 catches and his, what, 20,000 yards, but let’s not presume Kansas City and Cleveland (or anyone else) will be a cakewalk…I also seem to recall similar thoughts in 2009

    He especially deserves another trip to the Super Bowl, and I’m betting he knows that better than anyone. He’ll live proudly with whatever numbers he puts up, and deservedly get into the HoF. I don’t think he needs (or wants) to pad his stats

 
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