Could the Pittsburgh Steelers Team Culture Push Ben Roethlisberger to retire?

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Ben Roethlisberger
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Ben Roethlisberger is a likely first ballot hall of famer. Two Super Bowl rings and five pro bowl appearances confirm his greatness. His leadership is huge for his franchise.

At 35 years old his best years are behind him but he is still capable of leading a team to a championship. The desire to win is what brought him back this season, but actually attaining that ultimate goal looks farther away than ever at this moment in time.

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Pittsburgh came into 2017 with all eyes on their offense, which was expected to be amongst the best in football. Their three headed monster of Big Ben, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell is arguably the best QB-WR-RB trio in the NFL.

But, after four less than convincing games, they only rank 21st in total offense. A 3-1 record is hardly concerning, but the manner of the wins and the off field distractions certainly are.

The offense hasn’t fired on all cylinders and players have been stamping their feet when things haven’t gone their way.

From the poorly handled anthem protest whereby the entire team remained in the locker room except for Alejandro Villanueva, to publicly calling out each other. The locker room just doesn’t seem in sync, or well managed.