This week we heard alarms of disconnect in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room as an unnamed Steelers player blasted linebacker LaMar Woodley’s work ethic. Safety Ryan Clark weighed in on the issue and now Larry Foote has let the world know how he feels about having a player rip a fellow player in the media.
“I mean there have been fights in the locker room, there’s been stuff on the airplane that never got out and that’s the Steeler way,” Foote said on 93.7 The Fan, via SteelersDepot.com. “So I’ll be very surprised if a player really did that and hopefully his name don’t come up, or if he was, he’s one of the players that’s no longer here. I mean, you’re breaking the code when you do that. You’re breaking the code.”
There’s no doubt that the Steelers had some problems last year but we never thought we’d have a fractured locker room. But as veteran leaders like Clar and Foote step up to try and squash whatever problems might be arising, the fact of the matter remains that Woodley did have a pretty awful 2012 campaign and the only way he’s going to fix that is to improve his play.
It does speak highly of both Clark and Foote for stepping up to defend Woodley and if there’s a sliver lining to all this it’s that the Steelers have their leaders of the future and that this team isn’t bound for a hellish era of rebuilding once their veterans move on and the new regime begins.