Ever since the report by Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette surfaced last week in which an anonymous player was quoted calling out Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley for being awful and out of shape last season, several players have chimed in with their thoughts on the subject On Friday a former Steelers player made his thoughts known on the matter as Hines Ward was asked about it when he was a guest on NFL AM.
Ward was asked if he thinks the Steelers have legitimate issues right now.
“When you lose so much leadership in the locker room, that\’s when things present itself like that,” Ward said. “Guys start finger-pointing, calling out other guys. That is not the Steeler way. We\’ve always had a rule: We are a band of brothers. We\’ve always collectively kept everything in house.
“Jerome Bettis, when everyone said that he was overweight going into training camp, we didn\’t have to call out Jerome Bettis. When it came time for him to report to training camp he got the job done and he came in fit. But there was no finger-pointing and calling each other out. That\’s a total disarray, a locker room in disarray.”
Ward, who also said that he was still disappointed that the Steelers cut him loose last offseason, said exactly what you would expect him to say as a player that is looking at everything from the outside just as we are.
As I mentioned previously, this topic will not be going away anytime soon and you can expect every current and former Steelers player to be asked to give their thoughts on the state of the team leadership from now until the start of the season.