PITTSBURGH – The Steelers are tired of the attacks.
Veteran guard Ramon Foster has issued what he called a "PSA" on social media, urging former Steelers to stop criticizing current players. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster are among the critics after the exchange of Antonio Brown.
"Moving forward … any former Steelers player or affiliate who has a problem with someone who is still in the locker room, contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else I feel I can talk to," Foster wrote. "With whoever has a problem, we'll give you their number so I can take care of it." PROMISE: These media shots can give them good traffic on their social networks, but the guys are still in the locker room, who? We all know that we personally have to answer for those comments. Call them as you want, but call them personally and say them. Defend who you want to defend but you do not have to mention the team at all.
"Whether you have a ring or play for a year … ENOUGH … CHILL Most players at one time in their life want to take their children to the place where they once played, do not burn too many bridges. a long history of brotherhood more than anything, BUSINESS is one thing, but let's keep it to a minimum for the guys who have to respond so that these comments move forward. "
The increase of Smith-Schuster to match in goals and MVP as voted by his teammates seemed to have a negative effect on Antonio Brown.
JuJu Smith-Schuster responded to Antonio Brown on Twitter, writing that it's "crazy how big the ego went" after his former teammate tweeted that Smith-Schuster "lost the entire postseason" for the Steelers last season .
After a season of discontent, drama and change, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said it's time for everyone on the team to "look in the mirror in terms of what we do and how we do it, starting with me" .
The latest firestorm came from former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who called Roethlisberger a "racist" in a tweet before clarifying hours later that he was trying to make an exaggerated point.
Even so, several former teammates have criticized Roethlisberger's leadership, particularly his criticism of the team on his radio show. Before the Steelers traded Brown to Oakland in March, the All-Pro receiver tweeted that his quarterback had an "owner's mentality" as if it were bigger than the locker room.
Roethlisberger remained silent during the offseason, and the Steelers have been negotiating a new contract for the quarterback.
On Sunday, Brown and Smith-Schuster traded beards after Brown pointed out Smith-Schuster's problems in response to a fan who highlighted the Smith-Schuster team's MVP award to Brown.
Foster and Pouncey are using their status on the team, with a combined total of 239 starts along the Steelers' offensive line, to try to return normality to the locker room. Team leaders kept in touch to discuss best practices in 2019. No distractions. The Steelers players also wanted that for last season, but Le & # 39; Veon Bell remained on the franchise label and Brown's problems with the team in Week 17 derailed that plan.
"We're already motivated, not many believe in us right now," linebacker Anthony Chickillo said of the team's mindset this offseason.