Big Ben on Steelers doubters: 'I like being the hunter'

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Ben Roethlisberger claims to relish the role of the underdog. (USATSI)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have seen Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison and others walk out the door this offseason. Coming off an unimpressive 8-8 campaign in 2012 and little action in the free agent market, the Steelers have drawn their fair share of criticism.

Warranted or not, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't concerned about outside judgments of Pittsburgh's offseason. In fact, he's OK with it.

"I'm fine with people saying that we're going to be terrible and, 'Let's overlook them,' because that means our opponents are doing the same thing," Roethlisberger said, according to NFL.com. "I like that. I like being the hunter."

Of course, much can be remedied through the next week's draft, though the team's decision to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year deal seems damaging in the long term.

Regardless, all the criticism can be undone with a winning season in 2013 -- something not out of the realm of possibilities given Roethlisberger's pedigree. But if the Steelers struggle next season, look for many to point to this confounding offseason as the main reason.

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