PITTSBURGH -- A postgame chat between Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark in a mostly empty visitor's locker room in Cincinnati led to the Pittsburgh Steelers' veterans meeting early Wednesday afternoon.
First -- and only -- item on the agenda: the Steelers’ 0-2 start.
“We can’t start overlooking that we’re not playing well,” Clark said. “We can’t act like it’s going to fix itself because it’s not. People are still going to continue to attack us where they think they can win.”
Clark’s reminder probably didn't hurt since it would be easy to assume the Steelers are going to get things turned around simply because they are the Steelers. That is one message that the veteran players are likely to convey to the younger ones.
Whether the veterans’ meeting – or any other ones held by players behind closed doors – helps remains to be seen. We won’t know until close to midnight on Sunday, following the Steelers' game against the Chicago Bears.
“It’s not like it’s a magic solution and we’re going to talk and everything’s going to be fixed,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s more just about getting together and coming up with solutions because that’s the thing we feel we should do as leaders.”
Roethlisberger said the veterans met during offseason practices, minicamp and training camp, so what they did today was nothing new.
“Everyone’s looking into it way more than it is,” Roethlisberger said. “We said we wanted to meet periodically just to talk about the state of the team and things we need to do as leaders and older guys on this team. I think now’s just a good time to get together. It’s not a panic-type thing. It’s just a good time for us to get together and talk.”