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DIESELMAN
08-02-2007, 11:17 AM
The poll wasn’t too scientific, but Ben Roethlisberger is rising the charts as one of the true leaders for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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LATROBE – Steeler, Steeler on the wall, who’s the leader of them all?

Casey Hampton won the defensive honors by unanimous decree of one Brett Keisel. No one argued.

But the offensive leader isn’t so easy to figure out.

“We have a couple leaders between Hines and Alan,” said wide receiver Nate Washington. “Ben’s become way more vocal, but for the most part it’s Hines. If anybody’s down on that offense, he gives him a bump. He’s one of those type of guys who doesn’t expect anything less than greatness from us. That’s what we’re looking for on our side of the ball. It probably definitely would be Hines.”

So mark down one “probably definitely” for Hines Ward, who chewed out the defensive backs last Saturday for taking potshots at his fellow receivers.

Washington said that Alan Faneca “is not going to step down as a person” even though he’s embittered by a contract dispute.

As for Ben Roethlisberger, Washington sees a new quarterback, one who can help him when he forgets his assignment.

“Just the other day we ran two-min, and I kinda was lost on what I had,” Washington said. “Normally, I’d look at Ben and he’d look back at me with a blank look. Now I look at Ben and he can tell me what I have. He’s definitely a guy who took pride this offseason in getting better and that’s what he’s done.”

Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator who allowed Roethlisberger input into the new playbook, agrees. He says it’s not forced.

“It comes natural,” Arians said. “When you don’t have to think about what you’re doing any more, when you can play the game because you know the game, well then you can be the leader.

“Leaders don’t necessarily have to be vocal. Danny Kreider’s a leader. He’s a silent assassin. It comes in all different forms. Guys who rah-rah and jump around sometimes are straight (bologna) artists. When you look at what they’re doing, they’re talking. They ain’t playing. Never fall in the trap of thinking the vocal guy’s a leader.”

Arians said the leadership skills Roethlisberger’s developing are subtle.

“Getting in the huddle and saying, ‘All right, look dude, expect this, we’re going for this, let’s go.’ You say, damn, he’s like five steps ahead. Used to be just ‘Call the play and do my job.’ Just those kind of silent little sentences show where a guy’s growing.”

When initially approached and asked about the team’s offensive leader, Arians said, “Oh, yeah, Hines. Well, we’ve got a bunch. Alan in the line, Hines, Ben is becoming it. Willie (Parker) has jumped out there and is vocal now.”

Any examples of strong leadership moments?

“If you watch the wide receivers, watch Hines coach them,” Arians said. “He’s coaching the rookies -- who have no chance of making this football team – like they’re his best players. You’ll see the same thing on the offensive line with Marvel (Smith), Alan, all those guys. They coach each other. That’s leadership, you know, when you’re coaching a guy who might take your job. And the guy who set that standard was Jerome (Bettis). He got up and told the guys, ‘These rookies are ours. Yes, they might take your job, but it’s our job to get them ready.’ It’s kind of a tradition here.”

Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
2 August 2007


I know it happens on other teams, but thats the one thing you can always count from our veterans, to teach teamwork the Steeler way. Everybody was worried about leaders stepping up to fill a void left by Porter, yes Porter was one, but he was one of many we aleady had. Its good to hear Ben is doing things naturally without having to think about it. Last year's debacle helped him mature quite a bit no matter what anyone says or thinks (especially the so called experts).

Dako
08-02-2007, 11:19 AM
Good to see that he is going to step up in the leadership dept. Expecting big things from Ben this season!

SteelerSal
08-02-2007, 11:45 AM
“If you watch the wide receivers, watch Hines coach them,” Arians said. “He’s coaching the rookies -- who have no chance of making this football team – like they’re his best players. You’ll see the same thing on the offensive line with Marvel (Smith), Alan, all those guys. They coach each other. That’s leadership, you know, when you’re coaching a guy who might take your job. And the guy who set that standard was Jerome (Bettis). He got up and told the guys, ‘These rookies are ours. Yes, they might take your job, but it’s our job to get them ready.’ It’s kind of a tradition here.”
:plus1: I love it!!

AZ_Steeler
08-02-2007, 12:45 PM
As more and more reports come out of camping and what people are saying it's really awesome to hear how these guys respond to the rookies and to each other. It's really something special and says a lot about the guys who have come and gone... the traditions carry on!

:cope:

Black@Gold Forever32
08-02-2007, 01:44 PM
Ben is now becoming the QB I expected him to become when we drafted him in 2004. I expected him to be great and the leader of this team.....I know Hines and others are leaders as well....But really you want your QB to have those leadership skills.....I can't wait to see how much Ben has grown....

BBG7
08-02-2007, 04:08 PM
Reding all these reports are getting me pumped for the season. I love how the guys are stopping up, being leaders, and helping the rookies along the way. I'm also happy to hear that even with the problems and drama, Alan is stepping up and being a true Steeler even if it is his last year here!

manofsteel
08-02-2007, 05:48 PM
The leaders are stepping up. ANd with the biggest leader gone, Coach Cowher, yes he was a leader too, the team definately needs it. They are starting to act like a family and they will paly for each other. The last time the team was talking like this well they won a Superbowl. Now I know its too early to say anything so I wont but what I will say is its going to take cohersion from the team leaders and coach Tomlin to push those guys to the next level and getting the other guys beliving they can win a big one

SteelersWoman
08-02-2007, 05:54 PM
Hope Hines is coaching them in blocking, as well as receiving skills!

Oh--as far as Ben...I fully expect him to be much more poised this year.