Bell: Big Ben's Comments Worse Than Mayfield's

The Steelers are "Team Drama" – and have been for several years, Jarrett Bell says

Reiter Than You
November 30, 2018 - 10:33 am

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Ben Roethlisberger took aim at his wide receivers Tuesday, calling out James Washington and Antonio Brown for their shortcomings in Pittsburgh’s 24-17 loss in Denver this past Sunday. The loss snapped the Steelers’ six-game winning streak.

Why Roethlisberger felt the need to publicly call out a rookie and a four-time first-team All-Pro is unknown. 

“I don’t like it,” USA Today columnist Jarrett Bell said on Reiter Than You. “I really don’t. Baker Mayfield said some things this week, but I think Roethlisberger’s stuff was worse than Baker Mayfield’s by a long shot.”

Mayfield called former head coach Hue Jackson “fake” for going back to the Bengals after getting fired by the Browns.

“Baker Mayfield was talking about a guy who left,” Bell said. “Baker’s being Baker and ‘I’m going to say what I want.’ I didn’t have as much of a problem with that as I did with Roethlisberger.”

Roethlisberger criticized Washington for dropping a pass and implied that Brown was to blame for Pittsburgh’s game-ending interception.

“The Steelers are Team Drama and they’ve been that way for a couple three years,” Bell said. “Ben has a hand in that, just like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell before he left. . . . I think that’s something you keep behind closed doors. Different people have different styles, but give me Tom Brady talking about his teammates and talking everybody up and pointing the finger at himself – and usually winning – versus this from Roethlisberger. I didn’t like it.”