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    Former Steelers RB Accuses Roethlisberger Of Fumbling On Purpose In 2014 Game

    Former Steelers RB Accuses Roethlisberger Of Fumbling On Purpose In 2014 Game

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on March 10, 2019

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had quite a few teammates during his 15 NFL seasons and a few offensive coordinators as well. Asking any former teammate of Roethlisbergerís what they really think about the quarterback might just get one an answer not necessarily expected. Some former teammates of Roethlisbergerís also donít seem to need much provoking when it comes to sharing their true thoughts about the Steelers quarterback and that was evidenced within the last 12 hours.

    Sunday morning, and not too long after it was first reported that the Steelers had traded wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, apparently one Twitter user took to the social media platform to give his thoughts on what he believes is the main problem in Pittsburgh, and that itís Roethlisbefger.

    Replying to that anti Roethlisberger tweet not long after it was posted was former NFL running back Josh Harris, who spent the last several games of the 2014 regular season on the Steelers active 53-man roster following the teamís release of fellow running back LeGarrette Blount. Harris tweeted that Roethlisberger once purposely fumbled late in the Steelers 2014 Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals because he didnít like then-offensive coordinator Todd Haley calling a running play instead of a kneel-down. You can see Harrisí full accusation below along with the original tweet he responded to below.

    2014 week 17 we were playing the bengals. Todd Haley called a run play with very little time left in the game. Ben wanted to kneel. He rolled his eyes in the huddle. He then purposely fumbles the ball. I had to recover it. At that moment I knew what kinda person he was.

    ó The Bishop (@JoshHarris25) March 10, 2019


    Obviously, such an accusation quickly peaked my interest as soon as I saw the tweet and that made me check out the play Harris referenced.

    The play in question happened with 1:09 left in the Steelers Week 17 home game against the Bengals and immediately after a change of possession following Cincinnati failing to convert a fourth down. By the way, the Steelers were leading that game 27-17 at the time and the 1st and 10 play in question started at the Bengals 21-yard-line.

    After the snap of the football, Roethlisberger did indeed fumble the football after looking like he first collided with fullback Will Johnson, The football was quickly recovered by Harris. Roethlisberger ended up on his butt after fumbling the football. Below is the TV version of that play for you to see and for whatever itís worth, Roethlisberger didnít appear to be too happy about something after getting up off the ground.

    Below is the end zone version from the all-22 of that same play and when slowed down, it certainly appears as though Roethlisberger attempted to hand the football off to an unsuspecting Johnson and thatís why the fumble occurred.

    Harris doesnít seemingly have anything to gain by saying that Roethlisberger purposefully fumbled late in that game against the Bengals and on top of that, he obviously didnít have any trouble instantly recalling the play, when it happened, who it was against and maybe why. After all, the play in question happened in 2014, well over four years ago.

    Not that it matters, really, but it would be interesting to see if Johnson has any recollection of the late fumble against the Bengals in 2014 and if like Harris, he thinks Roethlisberger purposely botched the play because of not liking Haleyís play call.

    The next play call, by the way, was a Roethlisberger kneel-down and the game was then over after that. That game was also the game that Steelers running back LeíVeon Bell suffered a hyper-extended knee in that would ultimately prevent him from playing in the teamís Wild Card game loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

    As for Harris, the Steelers ultimately waived him in September of 2015, just prior to the start of that regular season.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/03/fo...-in-2014-game/

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    Josh who? I do remember him but he was quite irrelevant...

    Just another one of Chestio's homeboys " trying " to portray AB as NOT being the bad guy...And making Big Bad Ben out to be the worst human being ever

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    Josh wanted that carry bad.

    It was definitely a clumsy fumble.

    Not sure if it was intentional but if we didn’t recover it you know Haley gets called out for not kneeling.

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    Interesting. Who knows what really happened but watching the video - W. Johnson has NO IDEA he's getting the hand-off. He's clearly running into the line to block. His hands/arms are in no position to receive a hand-off.

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    We’ll never know.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Stupidist thing i ever heard..
    Dam theres a lot of stupid b@stards out there....
    I wish people would/could leave politics out of a Steelers Football Forum.

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    I could see Ben pulling a stunt like this

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    And what if it were true? What are we going to do? Cut Ben now? What is the desired purpose of this? He’s a franchise qb in his last couple of years. We are rolling with him until he retires or we find another franchise qb.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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    Its about AB being the victim and Ben being the big bad out of control QB, thats all.
    I wish people would/could leave politics out of a Steelers Football Forum.

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    this is BS , I don't believe a word of it.....

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