Worst Steelers Loss Is A Loss Of Locker Room – Hines Ward Bob Costas Interview

The biggest concern I have right now following the loss to the Ravens is the potential loss of the Steelers locker room. The interview Hines Ward gave to Bob Costas was a questionable one. Ward was clearly frustrated during the interview and said so after the game. Ward wants to win, but could have said so with different words. Costas is a master at getting people to say things they don\’t want to say, it is his job. We do not know how Ward was prepped before the interview as well. What we do know is that it clearly appeared as if Ward threw Ben Roethlisberger under the bus.

Ward claimed after the game that the team did not know until Saturday that Dixon would be starting instead of Roethlisberger. Perhaps head coach Mike Tomlin didn\’t do a good enough job getting the word out. He probably did it on purpose to keep loose lips from telling the Ravens and the media, but word got out any how. Secret information always usually leaks if more than one person knows about it. I understand why Tomlin did this, but do not agree with it. It caused the team to be confused and uninformed. They were of course split, because many probably didn\’t know the facts and still don\’t.

It is a fragile time right now in the Steelers 2009 season. Their playoff chances are still respectable and the schedule is favorable for a run. None of this matters going forward if Tomlin has a lost locker room. Step one will be to get Ward, Roethlisberger and the other veterans on the same page and get the air cleared. I would expect Ward to offer up some what of an apology as well. There is not one player I want on my team more than Ward, but sometimes words used in wanting to win are used as weapons and can make you lose respect. I have a feeling Ward will correct this problem and the team will go forward.

Below is the video interview of Hines Ward with Bob Costas on NBC Football Night in America:
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Hines Ward spoke with Hannah Storm this morning on SportsCenter about the controversy swirling around his comments to Bob Costas.

  • Mario

    weak schedule or not, this team is not a playoff caliber team, everyone is already pointing to the weak games coming up, oakland, cleveland. Wasn’t KC supposed to be a “weak” game, and all we did was blow a 10 pt lead and get ben concussed… this season is almost lost, I see big changes for this team in the offseason with many FA’s, & decisions to be made, Ty carter, Clark, Hampton, FA”s to be, & FWP almost certain to be gone, he will have to be replaced, the O-line needs depth & W.Gay is not the answer at DB… with the injures and the severity of them, i’m looking towards the draft and what is the steelers most pressing needs, likely the secondary…

  • jimmy

    im happy we don’t have mcfadden no more, he was getting completley worked on the last drive by vince young… he was being toyed with beat by a rookie about 10 times.

    our secondary will never be great without polamalu


    As a coaches son and a star running back for most of my life thru college, I can’t belief the nonsense coming out of Hines’ mouth. If Muhammad Ali’s condition isn’t enough to give anyone pause about playing around with head injuries, former Jet receiver Wayne Chrebet’s should be. Completely asinine in nature, that warrior bs went out with the last Millennium. Does Hines Ward think that any owner would give 2 ishes about him if he were to be seriously hurt after lying to a team Dr.? There’s a million and one capable guys out there waiting to take his spot. This isn’t a hang nail we’re talking about, it’s the brain. Too bad Mr.Ward doesn’t know how to use his. This infuriates me. It’s just dumb ish that his arse should know better than to be spewing. Little kids listen to these fools whether they want to be role models or not. Encouraging anyone to play when precariously or seriously hurt doesn’t make them tough, just DUMB! I had respect for this cat cause my man actually does P.R. for him I have to research him for a story, plus he’s my type of physical wide out, but now I’m totally taken aback by his lack of intelligent thinking. I’m gonna give him a pass and chalk it up to a brain fart. I hope it doesn’t happen again. peace…stay strong Ben even tho I’m a J-E-T-S fan…