Alejandro Villanueva: ‘Maybe it’s not just talent that’s going to get you a championship’
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva signs autographs for fans during the annual evening practice session at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe. Barry Reeger | Special to PennLive
PITTSBURGH — Alejandro Villanueva said he didn’t have the answers.
Standing in a mostly empty Steelers locker room on Monday, Villanueva attempted to put into words what went wrong with Pittsburgh’s season and where the team can go from here.
He often reiterated that he wasn’t a coach, but he still offered some thoughts about the future. The Steelers have good players, he said, but maybe that’s not enough.
“Maybe it’s not just talent that’s going to get you to the championship,” he said. “I think maybe we found that out. But again, I’m not a head coach, either. I’ve never won a Super Bowl. I don’t know what it will take to win a Super Bowl.”
Asked what else might play into the Super Bowl equation, Villanueva said he wasn’t sure.
“I think that maybe you can look around the NFL,” he said, “and see what traits are winning Super Bowls and maybe that’s the winning formula.”
Villanueva added that the Steelers “won a lot of games that maybe we shouldn’t have,” including victories that were keyed by “lucky plays” and field goals.
“At the end of the day … you really have to be that dominant throughout the season,” Villanueva said.
“When you go into the playoffs, you have to show that dominance. It’s not one of those things when you get to the playoffs and you can maybe scramble and luckily get by and win three more games. I think what’s been proven is that you have to be real dominant throughout the entire season.”