JuJu Smith-Schuster wants Steelers to 'stop all the bull—' and win a Super Bowl

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a kid at heart. He plays video games late into the night, rides his bike to practice and just generally is feeling freshly 22.

At the conclusion of his second year in the league, both with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he’s taking the mature road and telling everyone around him to quit it with the drama so they can come together for the same goal.

Smith-Schuster’s dream world roster

Smith-Schuster was on the RapSheet and Friends podcast with Ian Rapaport, who dropped a clip of the conversation Wednesday afternoon. It starts with a question about the Steelers’ current roster situation which includes:

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— Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: close to retirement, window closing, has that weekly radio show that creates flare ups

— Running back Le’Veon Bell: the 2018 NFL saga that opens its next chapter in free agency

— Wide receiver Antonio Brown: the Steelers latest evolving story line after he sat out week 17 and is the subject of bizarre headlines since

That’s a lot to deal with for anyone in the Steelers locker room and Smith-Schuster has some simple thoughts.

I really don’t have control of that (the roster). In my dream world, what would I have? I would have Le’Veon Bell at running back with James Conner. I’d have A.B. stay on the other side. And win the Super Bowl with the guys that we have, the guys that we keep.

“Obviously it’s tough, situations like that, where you can’t control. … For me, it’s more so: Let’s keep the guys on the team and let’s win the Super Bowl. Let’s stop all the bull—-.”

The Steelers (9-6-1) missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and did so after starting 7-2-1. Drama marred the season from the get-go with Bell sitting out and fittingly closed it with Brown sitting out.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, left, makes a catch in drills during NFL football minicamp, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
In this photo from July 28, 2017, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) walks beside quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during practice at NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa. The Steelers won't lack for options at wide receiver heading into 2017. From rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster to mercurial Martavis Bryant to erratic Sammie Coats to veteran Justin Hunter, the picture behind Antonio Brown is crowded and cloudy. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster warms up before an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates with Antonio Brown (84) after scoring during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) crosses the goal line for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) watches during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates with JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) afters scoring during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) smiles on he sideline during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a blindside hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory Monday night, Dec. 5. Iloka was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) runs on a 69-yard pass play during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) sits after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) visits with fans on the sidelines during warmups before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) returns a kickoff 96-yards for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
This is a 2018 photo of JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football team. This image reflects the Pittsburgh Steelers active roster as of Thursday, June 7, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is greeted by young fans as he takes to the practice field during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster catches a pass for a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) tries to fend off Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Adams (29) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) can't make the catch against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown on a pass reception in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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Becoming the No. 1 guys

Formerly operating with the Killer Bs, the Steelers might have to turn to the Js: James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. (If something crazy happens, the back-up quarterback is fittingly Joshua Dobbs.)

Conner took a hold of the starting running back spot with Bell out, rushing for 973 yards with 12 touchdowns and an AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. He had 55 catches for 497 yards and a score in 13 games.

Smith-Schuster continued the strong start to his career with 1,426 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his second season. Brown had 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns as the primary target.

If Brown is traded, a large possibility at this point, he’ll have more responsibility next year as the No. 1 receiver.

Smith-Schuster told FOX Sports Undisputed that as a kid he always wanted to be a No. 1 and if that’s what happens, he’ll be ready.

“Obviously I’d prefer AB stay on the team, be on the other side. You think about the numbers that we put up … I think it’s unbelievable. Like you said if the opportunity does come, arise, I’m definitely going to embrace it and take that role.”

While Smith-Schuster wants all the drama to cease, it has taught him about the business side of football and that experience may come into play down the road.

“It’s opened up my eyes,” Smith-Schuster said on the podcast. “Just because the situation with [Le’Veon Bell], the whole money situation. It opened up my eyes from that point of view. And the situation with A.B. obviously that’s stuff that he’s dealing with, and that’s what they have to handle. I’m just focused on my campaign, how I can get better and increase my role.”

Unfortunately money always creates drama and problems, whether there’s more of it or not.

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