This & That: Keeping it loose, leaders and more


This week's chatter has been all over the place, from spreading the ball around, to DeAngelo Williams' height and much more.

No I in team: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is blessed with having plenty of weapons to get the ball to, but with so many weapons it could be tough for him to spread the ball around. Not for Roethlisberger, though.

"It's not that hard," said Roethlisberger. "These guys are great. It's a selfless group of guys and then you throw in Heath Miller, DeAngelo (Williams) and (Darrius) Heyward-Bey. That's part of why we've been able to be successful these last couple of weeks because guys are playing selfless football. They just want to win football games and do whatever is best for the team."

  • Keeping it loose: The Steelers offensive line loves what running back DeAngelo Williams brings to the offense, not just with his explosiveness and talent on the field, but also off the field. He is giving them everything they expected, but there was one thing guard David DeCastro thought would be different.

"I thought he was going to be taller," laughed DeCastro of the 5-9 Williams. "He is awesome. What a guy to have in the locker room, not only on the field. He is always happy, kind of loose, give and take. He has that back and forth banter that makes the game fun and keeps you on your toes."

  • Perfect place: For wide receiver Markus Wheaton being a part of the Steelers explosive offense is exactly what he wanted when he entered the NFL. "I enjoy it," said Wheaton. "It's every receivers dream to come into the NFL and play on team that has a good passing game, a good quarterback, good running game. I think everything is working out. We just have to work on getting better."
  • Lead the way: Will Allen isn't a captain, but you don't have to be one to be a leader, and Allen is just that. The 12-year veteran knows what makes his teammates tick, knows the importance of encouraging them when they need it, and congratulating them when they deserve it, like he did at the locker room door following the win over the Bengals.

"Will is a guy who has been around the block," said fellow safety Rob Golden. "He has been able to bring us along with his leadership and presence in the locker room, on the field as well. There isn't a lot he hasn't seen. He shows us things, things he witnessed, and he has helped us out a lot."

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