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Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey says there’s ‘no point’ in talking about criticism of Ben Roethlisberger

Maurkice Pouncey

One of the longest-serving and most prominent players on the Pittsburgh Steelers has had enough of the controversial rhetoric surrounding his team this offseason. Veteran center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters on Wednesday after OTAs that there’s “no point” in discussing questions about Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership because he’s already voiced his support for Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback.

“Yeah, I said what I said. Everybody knows I support him,” he said, per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There’s no point in even talking about it.”

Roethlisberger has come under fire in recent months after both of the Steelers’ most dangerous playmakers, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, left the team in March, frequently criticizing him along the way. As Brown, in particular, voiced displeasure over Roethlisberger’s supposedly outsized role in the organization, other former Pittsburgh players supported his claims, while some defended the two-time Super Bowl winner.

Among Roethlisberger’s most vociferous defenders was Pouncey, a seven-time Pro Bowler who’s played his entire career snapping the ball to the future Hall of Famer. Both players signed contracts with the team this offseason that will keep them with the Steelers through the 2021 season, and Pouncey went out of his way to defend Roethlisberger as a “true LEADER” on Instagram back in March.

“We’ve always had chemistry, man,” Maurkice Pouncey said of he and Roethlisberger on Wednesday. “It’s just that the bond’s a little bit stronger now. Guys really know, man, family wins football games. You’ve got to stick together. You can’t just go out there with one player and do it. Everybody has to be a part.”

Pittsburgh went 9-6-1 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013.