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    Another Disgruntled Ex-Steeler?

    First Bradshaw, then Polamalu, now Roethlisberger....

    https://larrybrownsports.com/footbal...s-ended/596711

    Is Ben Roethlisberger bitter about how time with Steelers ended?
    May 12, 2022by Steve DelVecchio


    Ben Roethlisberger saw his skills decline rather dramatically over the final two seasons of his career, but he still managed to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to the playoffs in both. His decision to retire was a logical one, but would he have stuck around if the team asked him to?

    One longtime Steelers reporter seems to think he would have. In his weekly chat with fans, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was asked if there is “bad blood” between Roethlisberger and the team over the way Big Ben’s career ended. Dulac kept his response simple, but it was noteworthy.

    “I would say it’s very very safe to assume that,” Dulac replied.

    As Josh Carney of Steelers Depot notes, it is possible the situation with Roethlisberger was similar to what happened with Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu prior to the 2015 season. Polamalu did not want to retire. He also did not want to play for another team. The Steelers, who had salary cap issues, told the eight-time Pro Bowler that they would have to cut him if he did not retire.

    Polamalu was openly upset and snubbed the Steelers for years. It wasn’t until he was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year that he smoothed things over with his former team.

    Perhaps the same has happened with Roethlisberger, though the former quarterback’s contract with the Steelers expired. Still, he had an interesting remark on the “DVE Morning Show” recently when asked if he would consider coming out of retirement.

    “First off, my coach and GM don’t want me back,” Roethlisberger said. “Second off, I’m pretty content with where I’m at.”

    If Roethlisberger’s decision to retire was based solely on not wanting to play anymore, why would he mention that Mike Tomlin does not want him back? That comment seemed quite telling.

    Roethlisberger is one of the most important players in Steelers franchise history. We doubt there will be any type of cold war between the two sides, but it would not be a shock to learn that Big Ben was less than thrilled with the way his time in Pittsburgh ended.

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    Ben hung around too long as did Troy. Both are all-time Steeler greats and fierce competitors. But at the end of their careers, their play often became a liability. That’s just reality.

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    Dulac is a hack with bad sources.

    Yeah, sounds super bitter.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2022/05/ke...-there-for-me/
    Last edited by WindyCitySteel; 05-14-2022 at 08:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    Dulac is a hack with bad sources.

    Yeah, sounds super bitter.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2022/05/ke...-there-for-me/
    I seen that. But notice he reached out to Pickett the individual, not through the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    I seen that. But notice he reached out to Pickett the individual, not through the team.
    Why would he reach out through the team? The fact that he offered to help his replacement speaks volumes.

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    Dulac retracted his statement. It was fake news.

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    While I think Dulac's response created a mountain out of a molehill, I'd be willing to bet there was some bitterness from Ben on how he was "forced" into his swan song season. We may all remember the lack of mobility and how poor the offense was for most of the season. However, I will remember Ben leading 7 4th quarter comebacks and playing out of his mind when calling his own plays. He was probably the best 4th quarter quarterback in the league last year. It's not like he took a shot of cortisone at halftime each week and his wobbly old-man knees were suddenly rejuvenated. Ben can still Ball.

    Of course this all pure speculation, but I would bet he feels forced out and likely expressed that to Dulac. If not straight-up, then in so many words. But I also think he appreciates everything else about his Steeler experience - particularly that quasi-magical ending. So, I don't think his dissatisfaction with being pushed out is enough to eclipse all the good. Him reaching out to Pickett like that would seem to back up that assertion. He's either past it or it wasn't big enough to create a rift in the first place.


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    Most HOF players don’t want to hang it up.

    I think this also shows how difficult it is to move on from players. in their prime let alone once they have aged out.

    Does anyone really think Ben had anything left?
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?


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    I think this is an overblown, manufactured storyline

    They are all eventually a "replaceable carbon unit"

    They need to move past their egos. Team over individuals
    "My team, may they always be right, but right or wrong...MY TEAM!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flasteel View Post
    While I think Dulac's response created a mountain out of a molehill, I'd be willing to bet there was some bitterness from Ben on how he was "forced" into his swan song season. We may all remember the lack of mobility and how poor the offense was for most of the season. However, I will remember Ben leading 7 4th quarter comebacks and playing out of his mind when calling his own plays. He was probably the best 4th quarter quarterback in the league last year. It's not like he took a shot of cortisone at halftime each week and his wobbly old-man knees were suddenly rejuvenated. Ben can still Ball.

    Of course this all pure speculation, but I would bet he feels forced out and likely expressed that to Dulac. If not straight-up, then in so many words. But I also think he appreciates everything else about his Steeler experience - particularly that quasi-magical ending. So, I don't think his dissatisfaction with being pushed out is enough to eclipse all the good. Him reaching out to Pickett like that would seem to back up that assertion. He's either past it or it wasn't big enough to create a rift in the first place.
    Ben had 7 fourth quarter comebacks because he was terrible for the first 3 quarters of most games.

    and against better teams we were embarrassed because the D can only do so much to keep games close.
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?


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