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Report: Ben Roethlisberger has made decision on his future

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Ben Roethlisberger has made a decision regarding his football future, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that Big Ben has told some former teammates and people within the Steelers organization that he expects this to be his last season playing quarterback for Pittsburgh.

Schefter used very careful language regarding the report, making sure to specify that Roethlisberger has not told people he will necessarily retire. However, it’s reportedly “highly unlikely” that Big Ben will go play elsewhere.

This report probably will not come as a surprise. Many people thought Roethlisberger might retire after last season. But the 39-year-old worked out a contract adjustment in order to return to the Steelers for his 18th season with them.

Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement for several years but has outlasted fellow draft-classmates Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. The veteran QB has passed for 2,522 yards, 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season. His Steelers are 5-5-1.

Roethlisberger would be a likely Hall of Famer when he decides to retire. He has made six Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls. He has led the NFL in passing yards twice during his career.

Photo: Nov 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report explains how Steelers will handle Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement

Ben Roethlisberger throwing a ball

Tom Brady knew that as he got older and his career headed towards its end, Bill Belichick would not keep the aging quarterback on the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers apparently plan to handle Ben Roethlisberger differently.

FOX Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer, who is friendly with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and a very reliable reporter, talked about the matter during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday.

According to Glazer, the Steelers will allow Roethlisberger to end his career on his terms. Glazer added that when the time comes for Roethlisberger to step away, current backup Mason Rudolph will not be the replacement as the team’s starter.

“It’s kind of up to Ben, kind of like how it was with Drew Brees with the Saints, too. It’s like ‘we’re not going to push him out.’ As long as he wants to go, he is just going to keep going,” said Glazer. “I think they were a little surprised he came back. But, no. If Ben wants to go, Ben is going to go. But, I don’t see him going back after this year.”

Glazer believes the Steelers do not want to start over with a rookie quarterback. He suggests a veteran quarterback would be more enticing for the Steelers as a replacement for Roethlisberger when he does retire.

This report is interesting considering what happened over the offseason. There was heavy speculation that Roethlisberger might retire. There were reports about whether the Steelers would bring him back, especially given Big Ben’s contract situation. Ultimately, Roethlisberger agreed to a restructured deal with the team.

Roethlisberger, who turns 40 in March, might walk away after the season. But if he wants to play another season, it sounds like it will be with the Steelers.

H/T Trib Live

Photo: Nov 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tomlin has funny quote about Ben Roethlisberger’s availability

Ben Roethlisberger throwing a ball

Ben Roethlisberger has a chance to be cleared from COVID-19 in time to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will prepare this week for either him or backup Mason Rudolph to start. According to head coach Mike Tomlin, that won’t impact the game plan much.

Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday that he would have “no reservations” about Roethlisberger playing in Week 11 even if he can’t practice. He also cracked a funny joke about how preparing to play won’t be much different either way.

Tomlin has a point. It doesn’t matter if the Steelers start Big Ben or Rudolph against the Chargers — neither will be making many plays with their legs. The game plan likely remains exactly the same regardless of who is under center.

The Steelers clearly missed Roethlisberger on Sunday. They had numerous chances to beat the Detroit Lions but finished with an ugly 16-16 tie. Rudolph had a big opportunity when Roethlisberger was ruled out late in the week, but he threw a bad interception early in the game after the Steelers jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Roethlisberger may not be as effective as he once was, but Pittsburgh is better off with him than Rudolph.

Photo: Nov 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Mason Rudolph gets big opportunity with Ben Roethlisberger out due to COVID

Mason Rudolph in pads

Mason Rudolph is getting a big opportunity for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger is out for the Steelers’ Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions due to COVID-19. That means Rudolph, who is typically the backup, will get the start. He will be backed up by Dwayne Haskins.

Rudolph, 26, will be getting his 10th career start. He made eight starts in 2019 when Roethlisberger was out due to arm injuries. He made one start last season.

The Steelers have gone 5-4 in Rudolph’s starts. They will host the 0-8 Lions on Sunday.

This will be another chance for Rudolph to cement his status as the backup in Pittsburgh, especially since he’s being pressed by Haskins. He will also have a chance to show whether he might be the team’s quarterback of the future if he can put together a strong game.

Roethlisberger recently said he is vaccinated against COVID-19. That suggests he should be back in Week 11. The Steelers are 5-3 this season.

Photo: Aug 12, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) runs off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger has perfect response for Myles Garrett’s tombstones

Ben Roethlisberger throwing a ball

Ben Roethlisberger had a perfect message for Myles Garrett after Sunday’s game between their teams.

Big Ben’s Pittsburgh Steelers beat Garrett’s Browns 15-10 in Cleveland to improve to 4-3. Roethlisberger went 22/34 for 266 yards and a touchdown pass in the win.

After the game, he spent some time talking with the Cleveland passrusher. He complimented Garrett on the young defensive lineman’s play and encouraged him to keep playing the right way.

But Big Ben also teased Garrett a bit regarding the sack-master’s Halloween decorations (seen here).

“I meant to tell him he can keep my tombstone or whatever. I’ll take the W,” Roethlisberger said to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson.

That’s a perfect response. Big Ben wasn’t saying that disrespectfully, but playfully. And thanks to the win, he earned the right to say it.

Garrett really is feeling himself when it comes to terrorizing quarterbacks. Not only did he decorate his front lawn appropriately, but his Halloween costume was a must-see too.

Photo: Nov 25, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Here is where Steelers stand on Ben Roethlisberger’s poor play

Ben Roethlisberger

The end of the Ben Roethlisberger era is clearly near for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it does not sound like the 39-year-old quarterback is any danger of losing his starting job.

The Steelers have lost their last three games. Roethlisberger has not played well during that stretch, leading many people to call for a quarterback change. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in no uncertain terms on “Get Up!” Thursday that the Steelers are not going to make that move. Schefter’s colleague, Jeremy Fowler, has been told the same.

Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers. He also took a pay cut to remain with the team this year. While he is showing his age through the early part of the season, Pittsburgh’s revamped offensive line has played poorly. That is a big part of the problem. Big Ben has also dealt with multiple injuries, which has been an issue for him over the past few years.

Mike Tomlin was asked about the possibility of making a QB change this week, and he gave a stern response.

The Steelers have not scored more than 17 points in a game since their 23-16 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Roethlisberger has a passer rating of 78.9 with just four touchdowns and four interceptions in four games. The Steelers are going to continue to have trouble winning games with that type of offensive inefficiency.

Mike Tomlin defends Ben Roethlisberger amid calls for QB change

Mike Tomlin

Ben Roethlisberger has looked every bit his age through the early part of the NFL season, and there has been increasing talk that the Pittsburgh Steelers should make a quarterback change. Mike Tomlin says that is not going to happen.

With the Steelers now having lost three straight, Tomlin was asked on Tuesday if he feels Roethlisberger still gives the team its best chance to win. He threw his full support behind the veteran.

Tomlin then spoke about how he appreciates and respects the passion of Steelers fans.

Roethlisberger has had trouble staying healthy in recent years, and he has already dealt with multiple injuries this season. Tomlin said Tuesday that Big Ben has a hip injury. The 39-year-old suffered a pectoral muscle injury two weeks ago, and that may be impacting his ability to throw.

The Steelers have not scored more than 17 points in a game since their 23-16 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Roethlisberger has a passer rating of 78.9 with just four touchdowns and four interceptions in four games. The Steelers are going to continue to have trouble winning games with that type of offensive inefficiency.

Roethlisberger clearly has Tomlin’s support, but the same may not be true throughout the entire Steelers organization.

Report: Tension mounting within Steelers over Ben Roethlisberger’s play

Ben Roethlisberger

The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled to score points through the first three weeks of the season, and Ben Roethlisberger has looked completely inept at times. If that doesn’t change, head coach Mike Tomlin may have to have some difficult conversations with his bosses.

Tomlin has no plans to bench Roethlisberger, but Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that there is “tension mounting” within the Steelers over their offense. Roethlisberger does not appear to be a fit for new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s system, especially at 39 years old and with a declining skill set.

There has been no mandate from ownership to bench Roethlisberger if the issues persist, but one source with ties to the Rooney family told La Canfora that quarterback play has become something of an elephant in the room.

“If this continues, I would think those conversations (between Tomlin and ownership) would have to take place soon enough,” the source said. “They would have to consider it at the bye week.”

Roethlisberger has a passer rating of 79.0 through three games. Aside from 2019, when he played in just two games before injuring his elbow, that mark is Big Ben’s worst since 2006. He’s completing 63.8 percent of his passes but has just three touchdowns and three interceptions.

There are plenty of reasons to think the Steelers are concerned about Roethlisberger, and who can blame them? His supporting cast and offensive line may not be great, but it’s starting to look like he is no longer be capable of elevating those around him.

Here is why Steelers are reportedly concerned about Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger will play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals despite dealing with yet another injury. While the Pittsburgh Steelers likely appreciate the toughness, they may not be feeling great about their franchise quarterback these days.

The Steelers have privately expressed concern about Roethlisberger’s numerous injuries and deteriorating play, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Roethlisberger’s play fell off in the second half last season, and the offense has not looked good through the first two weeks of 2021.

Roethlisberger has been struggling to throw the ball downfield. He is now dealing with a pectoral muscle injury, so those issues could be magnified even more if he’s not fully healthy.

“The ball gets out in two seconds, or he gets hit. And he can’t shake ’em off like he used to,” one NFL executive told La Canfora. “I don’t think they can get him through the season like this.”

Roethlisberger took a pay cut to remain with the Steelers this season. The team has lost several key players and has a revamped offensive line, which has been a major problem through the early part of the season.

While it’s still very early in the year, even Roethlisberger has already felt the need to apologize to Steelers fans. This could very well be Big Ben’s last season in the NFL.

Ben Roethlisberger dealing with injury ahead of Week 3

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger suffered an injury during last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, and it is apparently one that could impact his performance going forward.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Monday that Roethlisberger is dealing with an injury to his left pectoral muscle. While Big Ben is expected to play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Tomlin admitted that the quarterback could be at less than 100 percent health.

Roethlisberger was hit 10 times in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Raiders. The Steelers have a lot of new players on their offensive line this season, and the unit has clearly experienced some growing pains. Tomlin said he will not make any changes, however.

Roethlisberger went 27/40 for 296 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 2. He issued an apology to Steelers fans for his performance. It’s unclear at what point during the game he suffered the pec injury, but it may have been a factor.