Courtesy of Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger views himself as a team leader. That’s been the case for the large part of his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Big Ben also isn’t afraid to call his teammates out publicly.

Rookie wide receiver James Washington found that out first-hand following a missed touchdown opportunity in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.

Big Ben is not limiting said criticism to the rookie. Instead, he’s calling out star veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown.

With Pittsburgh down by seven late in the fourth quarter Sunday, Roethlisberger threw a horrible game-ending interception on a pass targeting Brown. The play itself was bad on so many levels.

Instead of taking responsibility himself, Roethlisberger is out here criticizing Brown for “drifting” in the end zone on the interception.

Can’t Roethlisberger just take responsibility for his mistake on the throw? It’s rather obvious he was at fault.

The Roethlisberger-to-Brown connection has yet to take off this season. It was just two weeks ago that the quarterback was picked off twice in targeting Brown. He’s also struggled actually throwing accurate passes in the Pro Bowler’s direction.

With five interceptions over the past two games, it’s high time that Roethlisberger takes some of the blame for Pittsburgh’s recent lackluster play. If not, it will continue to create a divide between him and his star pass catcher and could derail a season in which Pittsburgh has championship aspirations.