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Roethlisberger’s Day Overshadowed By Mistakes In Loss To Oakland

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s Reactions to New Offense, Offseason

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Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic has an interesting column in regards to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s somewhat passive-aggressive response to an off-season that saw him called out for extending plays, fired his buddy offensive coordinator and a supposed overhaul of the offensive scheme.

Kovacevic’s column isn’t slanted the way the headline “Kovacevic: Get Over It, Ben” implies. It’s actually more pro-Roethlisberger, but the message is true; he needs to get over it and perform. It’s a message given to every pro athlete, whether directly or indirectly, and how that message is taken is all in the delivery of it.

He raises bigger, if not slightly snide, points in regards to how Roethlisberger has been treated. The whole situation really toes the line between control issues facing management in professional sports circles. Is it ill-advised for an ownership group (i.e. front office and coaches) to demand a veteran player with a proven track record of success alter the way he plays the game? Does that demand only come when the alleged player is no longer capable of playing in that style?

I wrote a column in wake of the Steelers playoff game at Denver in January, paraphrasing Jim Wexell, who had written about a source in the front office who was essentially saying Roethlisberger’s gravy train ends with a less-than-Roethlisbergean playoff performance. I equally called him out, implying the weight of the game is on his shoulders, and past heroic performances and bum ankles aside, he needs to find a way to win the game.

It created quite the stir in BTSC Nation, bringing supporters and antagonists alike. On one hand, Ben’s past performance (or anyone’s for that matter) shouldn’t give him a license to do as he wishes for as long as he pleases. On the other, he earned a massive contract and a lot of wins playing the game a certain way.

Both sides are right and both sides are wrong. What I can’t get past is this one saying; “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re going to keep getting what you’re getting.”

The scrambling Roethlisberger works. Until it doesn’t. Roethlisberger is healthy, until he isn’t. Idiotic logic, I know, but true, nonetheless. All signs are pointing to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley implementing a shorter, more rhythm-based passing offense (or, at least, Roethlisberger’s public wishy-washiness over learning it and, as Kovacevic points out, frustration-laced comments about being told to stay healthy this year suggest that’s what’s coming). In that, Ben can’t be as Ben as he’d like to be. When Ben was being the Ben he likes to be, he won games. Recently, though, the scrambles seemed more aimed at getting the ball 40 yards down the field instead of to the first down markers. His extended plays resulted in sacks and turnovers as opposed to third down conversions and yards after the catch.

It’s fair for Haley, someone on the outside, even with having played Roethlisberger twice as Kansas City’s head coach, to wonder what difference it makes whether he’s scrambling or just getting rid of the ball, provided the end result is a completion? It’s fair for Ben to feel slighted in all of this, considering his track record of success.

Maybe Ben needs to get over it as much as the front office and head coach Mike Tomlin does. Confrontation and challenges are excellent motivators, but discord is not. However or for whatever the reason, Roethlisberger needs to be on board. We could argue all day about his motivation behind his willingness (“great team player”) or his lack of desire (“stubborn, spoiled athlete”) to get on board, but the Steelers need Roethlisberger. His success has raised the basement level of respect he is to be given; whether we like it or not, that’s how it works.

Therein lies the issue I have. How far the Steelers plan to over-correct a problem all Steelers fans can collectively see – an offense that can’t score points? Perhaps Ben shouldn’t air his dirty laundry (passive-aggressively or otherwise), and nothing suggests he isn’t working hard to learn the desires of his new coach. But a step in the wrong direction, both with Roethlisberger personally and with the offense this year could be disastrous. If the offense doesn’t fit the franchise player – whether by design or execution – there will be bigger problems than Roethlisberger’s comments when Haley isn’t made available to the media to answer questions along the same lines.

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Aldon Smith says 49ers never targeted Roethlisberger’s ankle

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In a radio interview last week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suggested that the 49ers targeted his injured ankle during the December game between the teams. He said he thought the 49ers were guilty of doing “some extra” when they came after him, presumably as part of an attempt to get him out of the contest.…

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Doubt cast on Roethlisberger’s belief the 49ers targeted him

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled through last year’s loss to the 49ers on an injured ankle, and looking back on that game he thinks the 49ers gave him a little something extra because of his injury. But Roethlisberger’s belief may not hold up to close scrutiny. Roethlisberger was asked on the Dan Patrick Show when…

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Roethlisberger’s Agent Discusses Restructuring Of Contract

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Ben Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about Ben restructuring his contract to save the Steelers $ 8 million off the cap this year, and what that means for his client.

Tollner said he and Ben informed the team that they were willing to restructure his deal to help out the team, and the process from there was actually quite simple and done pretty quickly.

Despite losing his Offensive Coordinator and possibly losing his top Wide Receiver in the same off-season, Tollner said Ben isn’t bothered by it in the least because he trusts the Steelers and the direction they’re taking the team.

Tollner also explained to us what restructuring a deal does and when the player gets their money.

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Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette On Roethlisberger’s Thoughts On Haley: “He’s Curious, Eager and Anxious”

93-7 The FAN Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller to give us some insight into the interview he had with Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger earlier today regarding the teams hiring of new Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.

Bouchette said Ben’s tone when talking about Haley was upbeat and that be came across as eager to see what kind of ideas Haley has for the offense.

Ben did admit to Ed that he heard some bad things from other players about Todd Haley, but said he will wait to form his own opinion of him.

We also got Ed’s thoughts on how often fans ask for the Steelers to use a fullback, and whether or not Haley will employ one here.

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Art Rooney II, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley

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Ben Roethlisberger’s Agent Discusses Art Rooney II Notion That Ben May Need To “Tweak” His Style Of Play

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Ben Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93.7 The FAN to discuss Ben’s offseason and the comments made by Steelers Owner Art Rooney II that Ben may need to “tweak” his game because he’s always looking to evolve his game, and would like to avoid the hits the team doesn’t want to see him take.

Tollner also pointed out that Ben is very confident in his ability, and can change his playing style against different defenses because he’s capable of doing so many different things.

Ben is planning on playing in the Pro Bowl this year despite his high ankle sprain, and Tollner updated us on Ben’s health and why they don’t think he’s risking anything playing in the game due to the lack of hitting.

Tollner also discussed with us the front row seat he has had in watching the off field progression of Ben Roethlisberger and how he has been able to turn his reputation around.

We also discussed whether or not Ben was upset not being voted MVP by his teammates, and Ryan said absolutely not because Ben doesn’t care about individual accolades, he just wants to win championships and couldn’t be more happy for Antonio Brown.

We wrapped things up with Tollner getting his insight on the relationship between Ben and Hines Ward, as well as whether or not Ben would be willing to restructure his contract given that the team is so far over the salary cap heading into the offseason.

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Antonio Brown, Art Rooney II, Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Arians, Mike Tomlin, NFL Pro Bowl

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Pittsburgh Tomlin’s Placing Roethlisberger’s Health At Risk Facing Browns Defense

The Cleveland Browns laid a hurt on Ben Roethlisberger the last time the two teams met on December 8th. The Cleveland Defense hit Roethlisberger and Big Ben still isn’t able to walk properly yet. Now Tomlin is stupid enough to place Big Ben’s health in harms way once again. Just goes to show ya the people in Pennsylvania don’t use their heads when it comes to doing what is right with their football teams. Look at eh Penn State fiasco for God’s sake.
It is going to be very interesting to watch the Cleveland Defense lay a hurt on Roethlisberger. The Steelers say Ben is only going to play 25-30 snaps,  it could only take one of those snaps to put a hurt on Roethlisberger.  Wow, can you imagine if the Cleveland defense knocks Roethlisberger out for the entire off-season?  The Browns defense has been playing tough lately and it could happen. Big Ben said he doesn’t want to let his team down by not playing and the Browns fans would like nothing better to start the New Year off right …

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Video – NFL32: Roethlisberger’s Performance

Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Ben Roethlisberger’s play against the San Francisco 49ers; Marcellus Wiley and Kordell Stewart wonder if the Dallas Cowboys have a playoff run in them; and in “Did You Hear That?” Dustin Keller asks Wiley who runs New York?

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