QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 241||Born: 3-2-1982||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
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General News (Wed Feb 1): is expected to return next season, according to owner Art Rooney, despite uncertainty regarding his future. Rooney did admit, however, that the Steelers are probably due to look at quarterbacks in this year's draft class.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs NE (31 / 47 / 314 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger dropped back with 47 passing attempts as the Steelers trailed for the bulk of the game. Roethlisberger was often forced to look to secondary options, such as Eli Rogers and Jesse James, as the Patriots were able to contain Antonio Brown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 19-yard pass to Jesse James. The play was originally ruled a touchdown but was overturned as James' was down and the ball did not cross the plane of the end zone. With the Steelers trailing 33-9 early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a deep pass intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. There must have been miscommunication with Heyward-Bey because he kept running his route rather than coming back for the pass which was intercepted by Patriots CB Eric Rowe. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his only touchdown pass of the game, a 30-yard pass to Cobi Hamilton. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch hitting Hamilton in stride in the right corner of the end zone.
2016 Week 19 vs KC (20 / 31 / 224 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger did not have a fantasy friendly performance as the Steelers finished the game with zero touchdowns. Roethlisberger was efficient but unable to sustain drives. The Chiefs played their usual "bend but don't break" defense and Roethlisberger was able to capitalize in the short to medium passing game. Mid 1st quarter on a 3rd and 10, Roethlisberger eluded pressure and stepped up in the pocket to complete a 52-yard pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was left in one-on-one coverage with Chiefs LB Justin Houston. The only blemish of the game came in the 2nd quarter on a 1st and goal from the Chiefs 5-yard line as Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Antonio Brown. On the play, the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Chiefs defender Frank Zombo and intercepted by Eric Berry. Roethlisberger was able to accumulate the bulk of his passing yards during the first half. He finished the half with 14 completions on 23 attempts for 170 yards. The Chiefs defense played conservatively as he was pressured only once during the first half. Roethlisberger only attempted 8 passing attempts during the second half as the Steelers were protecting the lead. Late in the 4th quarter with the game on the line, the Steelers put their faith in Roethlisberger on a 3rd and 3. On the play, Roethlisberger had time and completed a 7-yard pass to Brown to seal the victory.
2016 Week 18 vs MIA (13 / 18 / 197 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger started the game with 11 straight completions to 7 different receivers. He often had time to pass and found the open receiver. Roethlisberger started fast leading the team on a 5-play 85-yard scoring drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed a 19-yard pass to Eli Rogers on 3rd and 5 and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Brown caught a WR screen pass and did the rest of the work following his blockers down the left sideline for the touchdown. Roethlisberger was sharp during the next drive with short passes to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Leveon Bell, and DeMarcus Ayers. Roethlisberger capitalized on man-to-man coverage completing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger completed a quick pass to Brown, who once again outran the Dolphins defense for his second touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw his first incompletion, which was an interception by Dolphins defender, Michael Thomas. On the play, Roethlisberger moved up the pocket and fired a hard pass, which Brown tipped before being intercepted. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his second interception. On a 3rd and 8, Roethlisberger scrambled and threw an off-balance pass as he was being tackled. The pass was intended for Jesse James but was well over his head.
2016 Week 16 vs BAL (24 / 33 / 279 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After a slow first half, Ben Roethlisberger ended the game with 279 passing yards and 3 TDs. On the Steelers opening drive, Roethlisberger finished a 9-play 87-yard drive with a 20-yard TD pass to TE Xavier Grimble. On the play, Roethlisberger showed great touch as he put the pass in a perfect spot for Grimble. On the first play from scrimmage during the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was off target on a pass intended for David Johnson. The pass was high an intercepted by Ravens LB Zachary Orr. Late in the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd interception on a pass intended for Jesse James. On the play, Ravens LB C.J. Mosley jumped the route for the interception. Both interceptions were on poor throws from Roethlisberger. With the Steelers down by 10 points in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger tightened his chin strap and went to work. Roethlisberger led 4th quarter drives of 75, 90, and 75 yards. He leaned on WR Antonio Brown during the 2nd half. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd TD pass of the game on a 7-yard screen pass to LeVeon Bell. On the play, Roethlisberger rolled out to the right and settled for the short pass to Bell, who did all the work carrying multiple Ravens defenders into the end zone. Late 4th quarter with the Steelers down 27-24 and 1 minute 18 seconds left on the clock, Roethlisberger delivered in the clutch. He was cool under pressure completing three passes to TE Jesse James. Roethlisberger also mixed in passes to Eli Rogers and DeMarcus Ayers. With 13 seconds on the clock and no timeouts, The Steelers had the ball on the Ravens 4-yard line. Roethlisberger completed a short pass to Brown just shy of the end zone. While Brown was being held up by Ravens Safety Eric Weddle, Brown outstretched the football across the plane of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
2016 Week 15 vs CIN (21 / 36 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers receiving options couldn't get on the same page on multiple occasions throughout the game. Roethlisberger was high on a couple of passes to Ladarius Green and was almost intercepted on a deflected pass intended for Eli Rogers. On multiple occasions, screen-passes intended for LeVeon Bell didn't pan out. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger showed great touch on a 32-yard pass to Antonio Brown. The Steelers had to settle for another field goal after a 13-yard touchdown reception was called back due to a chop-block penalty by LeVeon Bell. Over the next couple drives, Roethlisberger completed a 23-yard pass to Ladarius Green and a 28-yard pass to Eli Rogers. The offense could not continue any momentum though as they settled for 6 field goals. Early 4th quarter with the Steelers trailing 20-18, Roethlisberger led a 5 play 69-yard drive which ended in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a crisp pass on time for the touchdown. On a 3rd and 8 late in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger put the game on ice with a 28-yard pass to Green.
2016 Week 14 vs BUF (17 / 31 / 220 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger started hot and then was picked when he didn't see a linebacker sitting on Ladarius Green's route in the red zone. He was almost picked in the end zone again before LeVeon Bell scored. Roethlisberger had a successful deep ball to Antonio Brown in the first half and was fine for stretches when he took what the defense gave him, but when he got impatient, he made poor throws, including one that was returned inside the Steelers 10 and gave the Bills life just as the game was slipping away. In the second half the Steelers wised up and used Bell almost exclusively, but Roethlisberger still ended a drive with a pick throwing to a double covered Green in the end zone. He was uneven and too loose as he heads to another road matchup against Cincinnati in Week 15.
2016 Week 13 vs NYG (24 / 36 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played an efficient game completing 66% of his passes with 2 touchdowns. Late 1st quarter after a Steelers safety, Roethlisberger kept his cool after the play broke down and found a wide-open Ladarius Green streaking down the right sideline for a 37-yard pass. The drive stalled and the Steelers settled for a field goal. Mid 2nd quarter after a Lawrence Timmons interception, Roethlisberger completed a 11-yard pass to Jesse James. He followed that up with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger rolled out to his right and found Brown in tight coverage in the back of the end zone. Roethlisberger put the pass where only Brown could come down with the touchdown. The Steelers were not able to convert the 2-point attempt as the timing was off with a pass to Brown in the left corner of the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the first half with 197 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 7-play 88-yard touchdown drive. Roethlisberger started the drive with a 33-yard pass to Ladarius Green. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed a 13-yard pass to Brown. A few plays later, Roethlisberger found Green wide-open streaking down the middle of the field for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger hung the pass in the air behind Rogers which gave Giants CB Eli Apple an opportunity to intercept the pass. Roethlisberger was not asked to pass much in the 4th quarter as the Steelers held a lead.
2016 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 20 / 221 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played an efficient game with only 20 pass attempts. When Roethlisberger went to the air, his focus was on his 2 main weapons, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. During the opening drive on 3rd and 8, Roethlisberger found Eli Rogers running a slant for a 30-yard pass. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 25-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was in man coverage with Colts CB Vontae Davis. Roethlisberger put the ball in a perfect spot for Brown to complete the reception. Early 2nd quarter on 3rd and 13, Roethlisberger felt heavy pressure and floated a 32-yard pass to Ladarius Green. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger found Brown in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed great chemistry and timing with Brown. The Steelers only had one offensive possession during the 3rd quarter and continued to pound away on the ground with Bell. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Green for a 35-yard pass. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown pass of the game to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Brown streaking down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 11 vs CLE (23 / 36 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the game was put in LeVeon Bell's hands. Due to windy conditions, Roethlisberger focused mainly on the short passing game with Bell, Eli Rogers and his tight ends. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed an 18-yard pass to Antonio Brown. After the first 2 drives stalled out with field goals, the Steelers got the ball with 1 minute 51 seconds remaining in the first half. Roethlisberger led a 11-play 59-yard scoring drive that finished with a Bell rushing touchdown. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed a 21-yard pass to Brown and a few short passes to Bell and Rogers. The Steelers offense sat on the lead during the 2nd half as the passing game was not needed. During the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led another drive that ended with a field goal. On the drive, he completed 11-yard and 13-yard passes to Brown.
2016 Week 10 vs DAL (37 / 46 / 408 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked much more comfortable during his 2nd game back from injury. Early 1st quarter on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to LeVeon Bell, who was running a quick slant. Roethlisberger put the pass in a spot where only Bell could make the reception. Mid 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led an 8-play 75-yard drive that started with completing a 22-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 17-yard pass to Jesse James. Roethlisberger completed the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a low pass but Rogers completed the reception for the score. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger had to leave the game for 1 play as he had the wind knocked out of him after being sandwiched by two Cowboys defenders. Roethlisberger started off the 2nd half with a 39-yard pass to Cobi Hamilton. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6-play 46-yard touchdown drive. During the drive, Roethlisberger completed three consecutive passes of 12, 2, and 20 yards to Brown. He followed that up with a quick 10-yard pass to Jesse James who was tackled on the 1-yard line. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led an impressive 5-play 75-yard touchdown drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Ladarius Green, 23 yards to Bell, and 24 yards to Jesse James. Roethlisberger capped the drive by running a fake-spike for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the spike in classic Dan Marino form and fooled the Cowboys defense. Brown got behind his defender and Roethlisberger put the pass right on target for his 3rd touchdown of the game.
2016 Week 9 vs BAL (23 / 45 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger returned for his first game back since suffering a knee injury in Week 6. It was reported that Roethlisberger did not wear a brace or any added protection on the knee during the game. To say that the Steelers offense struggled during the first three quarters would be an understatement. On a couple occasions during the first half, Roethlisberger locked in on a wide receiver and was almost intercepted. Roethlisberger did not look comfortable as he finished the first half with only 50 passing yards. Mid third-quarter, a Roethlisberger pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Ravens DE Timmy Jernigan. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 27-yard pass. Later in that drive on a 4th and 3, Roethlisberger completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger extended the play by rolling out of the pocket to his right. He then found Brown coming back for the ball in the end zone. During the next series, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Xavier Grimble, 30 and 22 yards to Eli Rogers, and 12 and 10 yards to Brown. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 29-yard pass to Rogers and followed it up with a 4-yard rushing touchdown. On the play, the Ravens dropped 7 defenders into coverage. The middle opened up and Roethlisberger ran straight diving into the end zone for the touchdown.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (19 / 34 / 189 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had an afternoon that he would prefer to forget. The Steelers were only 3/11 (27%) with third down conversions as Roethlisberger was often under heavy pressure. After a Darrius Heyward-Bey rushing touchdown, the Steelers attempted a 2-point conversion. While under duress, Roethlisberger lobbed the ball up to LeVeon Bell, who made the reception completing the 2-point conversion. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his left knee while dropping back for a play-action pass. On the play, the Miami defender tripped swiped at Roethlisberger's right foot as he was rolling out causing him to stumble. Roethlisberger was intercepted on the pass by Rashad Jones who dove in front of Sammie Coates. Roethlisberger limped to the locker room after the play but returned to start the second half. He played with a noticeable limp the remainder of the game. Midway through the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 12, Roethlisberger made a poor decision to thrown to Sammie Coates, who was in double-coverage. The pass was underthrown and intercepted by Abdul-Quddus. Late 4th quarter with Miami leading 23-8, Roethlisberger led a 10 play, 97-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch putting the ball only where Hamilton could come down with it in the left corner of the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (34 / 47 / 380 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable leading the Steelers offense as he faced very little defensive pressure from the Jets. Roethlisberger was content to pick the defense apart with short passes throughout the game. During the Steelers opening series on a 3rd and 7, Roethlisberger connected with Sammie Coates on a 72-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger dropped the pass into Coates hands as he was running down the right sideline. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 11 play 75-yard drive, which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, James was left uncovered for an easy touchdown pass. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 9 play 80-yard yard drive, which finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger had time to wait for Brown to find a soft spot in the defense. On the next series, Roethlisberger fumbled in the red zone as was waiting for a play to develop. Roethlisberger finished off the game with a 12 play 79-yard touchdown drive, capped off with his 4th touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yard touchdown pass to Coates. On the play, Roethlisberger fired the pass across the middle to Coates, who was running a crossing-route.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (22 / 27 / 300 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable and in control of the Steelers offensive machine. Roethlisberger threw for more touchdowns than incomplete passes. On the Steelers first play from scrimmage, Ben Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Sammie Coates streaking down the right sideline for a 48-yard pass. Mid 1st quarter on 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey uncovered for an easy 31-yard touchdown pass. On the following 2-point conversion, Roethlisberger completed a pass to Markus Wheaton. After a KC turnover, Roethlisberger completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger displayed patience waiting for Brown to get to an open spot. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown of the 1st quarter, a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was left in one-on-one coverage and capitalized yet again. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed 14 out of 17 passes for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger kept his foot on the pedal with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton.
2016 Week 3 vs PHI (24 / 44 / 257 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find any rhythm as the offensive line dealt with pressure throughout the game giving up 4 sacks. Many of Roethlisberger's passes were high and off the mark or dropped. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 41-yard pass to Sammie Coates. However, the Steelers were not able to keep momentum and both drives stalled, one leading to a missed FG attempt and the other to a FG. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was sacked while under pressure coughing up a fumble. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a deep pass in the end-zone intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Philadelphia defender turned around just as the ball was coming down to make the interception.
2016 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 37 / 259 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was inconsistent as he battled both slick conditions and a fierce Bengals pass rush. Roethlisberger went to his 2nd and 3rd passing options with the majority of his pass attempts. Mid 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 from the Bengals 37-yard line, the Steelers decided to go for it. The wet ball slipped out of Roethlisberger's hands as the pass ended up behind Antonio Brown leading to an interception by Adam Jones. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger scrambled and pivoted out of the pocket, while extending the play, as he lobbed up a pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates for a 44-yard gain. A couple plays later, Roethlisberger found TE Xavier Grimble running a post-route for a 21 yard passing touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball high where only Grimble could come down with the pass before he dove into the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass down the right sideline for his 2nd interception of the half. The pass was intended for Sammie Coates but Bengals CB Dre Kirpatrick had position on Coates and came down with the deep pass. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a perfectly timed deep pass for Ciates for a 53-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger kept the momentum by throwing his 2nd touchdown pass of the afternoon. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a high pass to Jesse James who went up and came down with the 9-yard touchdown reception. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by scrambling forward and ran for a 14-yard gain to the Bengals five-yard line. A few plays later on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found Williams for his 3rd touchdown pass of the afternoon. Williams was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown pass.
2016 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient with finding the opening receiver. Roethlisberger started the game out of the no-huddle formation in multiple wide receiver sets. During the opening series, the Steelers offense went 3 and out. During the next series, the Steelers offense started to move the ball with a couple of quick slants before Roethlisberger threw an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger expected wide receiver Eli Rogers to continue his route rather than sitting down for the pass. Thus, the pass went through Rogers hands deflecting into a Washington defender. Unable to find any rhythm in the no-huddle formation, Roethlisberger started the 3rd series under center. On the Steelers first play under center, Ryan Kerrigan was able to apply pressure and stripped the ball which resulted in a fumble. Maurkice Pouncey was able to recover the fumble for the Steelers. Roethlisberger converted the next two passes, a 14 yard pass to DeAngelo Williams and a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown. A few plays later on a 4th and 1 from the Redskins 29 yard line, Roethlisberger called an audible after recognizing Brown in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown pass. On the scoring drive, Roethlisberger completed 5 out of 6 passes for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with quick slants to Jesse James and Williams. On 4th and 1, Roethlisberger found Rogers over the middle for a 19 yard pass. A few plays later on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Roethlisberger pass was deflected off of Sammie Coates and into Rogers hands for the Steelers 2nd touchdown. During the first half, Roethlisberger was efficient, completing 8 out of 8 passes on 3rd or 4th down pass attempts, for 100 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger continued his efficiency in the 3rd quarter by finding Brown for a 17 yard pass on 3rd down. The drive stalled resulting in a Steelers field goal. On the next series, Roethlisberger fielded a bad snap and threw a perfect 42 yard pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates. A couple of plays later on 3rd and 3, Roethlisberger found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a 26 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed precision nailing the pass right over Brown's left shoulder. Mid 4th quarter, on a 2nd and 19, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by stepping up in the pocket and throwing up a wobbly 21 yard pass to Brown.
Latest NewsSteelers | Ben Roethlisberger expected to play (Tue Mar 28, 10:57 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play in 2017, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin said he hasn't asked him directly, but he expects him to play. Our View: Of course Roethlisberger is going to play...but how long he keeps playing is a real question. The Steelers don't have an heir apparent behind him, so they should try to add a QB at some point in the 2017 NFL draft.
link to story Steelers | Mike Tomlin unfazed by Roethlisberger talk (Mon Mar 27, 10:23 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin think it's a 'very reasonable discussion when you get 35,' referring to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's retirement talk, but ultimately, he feels people 'probably read too much into it' and 'are making more out of than what it is.' Our View: Tomlin is on the right track here. Roethlisberger has to be considering when his time in the NFL is done, but it's not just yet. The Steelers need to be prepared for life without Big Ben as their only option behind him right now is Landry Jones...and that's not a good option.
link to story Steelers | PIT planning for Ben Roethlisberger return (Sun Mar 26, 06:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are proceeding as if QB Ben Roethlisberger will play in 2017. Our View: The retirement talk was always a little overblown with Roethlisberger. He's going to play this year, but the Steelers do need to start planning a future that doesn't include their future Hall of Fame QB. Landry Jones is not a franchise QB, so the Steelers should be looking to find one through the draft.
link to story Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger leaning towards a return (Sun Mar 19, 01:22 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger spoke at a conference over the weekend and suggested he was 'leaning towards' a return. Roethlisberger stated on his radio show in January he had to think about whether or not he was going to play in 2017. Our View: The retirement talk was always a little overblown. We are expecting Roethlisberger to return in 2017, and the Steelers are in a legitimate Super Bowl window. We also would expect to see the Steelers draft a young QB either this year or next year to groom behind Roethlisberger.
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