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Mike Tomlin won't commit to Big Ben getting his job back

On Monday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that quarterback Dennis Dixon will start the first of the four games that starter Ben Roethlisberger will miss.

On Tuesday, Tomlin refused to say that Roethlisberger will start when his suspension ends.

I’m going to dodge that one and not artfully,” Tomlin told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio (via Sean Leahy of USAToday.com).  “I’m not going to back myself in [a] corner.”

Tomlin is taking the smart approach.  If the Steelers win every game under Dixon, some players will surely want to continue to roll with the hot hand.  And the coaching staff may decide to do the same thing.

At least until Dixon’s hand is no longer hot.

From Roethlisberger’s perspective, then, he’ll have a potentially warped rooting interest as of Sunday.  He’ll want the team to win, but he won’t want Dixon to play so well that Dixon could end up keeping the job after Ben comes back.

Chances are Dixon won’t play well enough to keep Ben on the bench.  But it would be foolish for Tomlin to put himself in a position where he’d have to change his position if Dixon strings together a quartet of games with high passer ratings, big chunks of yardage on the ground, four wins, and zero losses.

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  1. The Terminator says: Sep 7, 2010 1:47 PM

    okay here we go again….Mike, what the hell are you smoking…I mean seriously man you need help!

  2. The Black Cat says: Sep 7, 2010 1:47 PM

    If the Steelers are 6-0 and Dixon has a 153.0 QB rating or better, Big Ben will be benched.

  3. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 7, 2010 1:47 PM

    Big Ben has too big of an ego to ever really think he will not be handed his job back at the first opportunity.

  4. mwcarolina says: Sep 7, 2010 1:49 PM

    hahaha, sorry Tomlin, but i cant see any of these backups keeping Ben’s job.

  5. gulz26 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:49 PM

    Ben not getting his job back when the suspension is up? Good one.

  6. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Sep 7, 2010 1:51 PM

    yeah, if anyone thinks there is a chance that dixon remains the starter after week 4 I need to talk to you about borrowing some money.

  7. poonhok says: Sep 7, 2010 1:52 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure Dixon is gonna tear it up….

  8. footballisking says: Sep 7, 2010 1:52 PM

    Dixon can not read a def. and has terrible decision skills….Dixon is a less talented version of Kordell Stewart..there is no way in hell he would keep an elite quarterback like ben on the bench…Ben is clutch and has ice in his veins and is easily a top 4 quarterback in the league…Dixon might be a top 4 quarterback in the afl

  9. therewasone says: Sep 7, 2010 1:54 PM

    Big Ben will start game 5. End of discussion !

  10. fan15062 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:54 PM

    I don’t care what Tomlin says to the media there is NO WAY even if the Steelers go 4-0 that Dixon keeps playing when Roethlisberger comes back. Roethlisberger is a top-5 QB in this league. Dixon is young and hasn’t proven squat. I know you are looking for a story here – and with the IQ of most people on this site you will get one – but I’ll bet my car to a dollar bill that when Game 5 rolls around Roethlisberger is in there regardless of the record. Anything else would just be stupid football.
    Like Herm Edwards said – You play to win the game. And to do that you must play your best players. Dixon will never be in Roethlisberger’s class as a QB.
    As a person, well, that’s another story. LOL.

  11. BigBear123 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:55 PM

    Once Ben regresses to his old self during his suspension Dixon will have to start the rest of the season.
    Ben can’t visit the facilities, that’s when he alwas gets into trouble – away from football and bored.

  12. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 1:55 PM

    Your analysis of Tomlin’s statement is asinine.
    Tomlin isn’t committing to bringing BR back right away because he wants Dixon to think he has something to play for.
    Listen, I am no BR fan. But for Christ’s sake, the man has two rings. The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    Ben Roethlisberger, love him or hate him, is the QB of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the bye in week 5, he will have two weeks to get ready and will start in week 6 regardless of what nonsense coach-speak coming out of Tomlin’s mouth now.

  13. fc1_87 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:56 PM

    And Florio will get his wish for Ben to be gone.
    He’s been rooting for that to happen for 4 years.

  14. JimmySmith says: Sep 7, 2010 1:56 PM

    Dixon has as much chance of winning 4 in a row as the Viking have winning the Superbowl, in other words, zilch.

  15. In & Out Burger says: Sep 7, 2010 1:56 PM

    Lol yeah if that happens that we’ll worry about it then.

  16. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 7, 2010 1:57 PM

    BS. Unless the Steelers go 4-0 with Dixon, Big Ben will be back at the helm faster than you can say “She said no!”
    Some coaches are so incredibly transparent.

  17. Xpensive Wino says: Sep 7, 2010 1:58 PM

    I don’t think Tomlin will be losing too much sleep over how to resolve this conundrum.

  18. kazkal says: Sep 7, 2010 1:58 PM

    I’ll laugh if Dixon starts out 3-1 big ben comes back gets the start and goes 1-3 :P

  19. NYMets says: Sep 7, 2010 1:58 PM

    The Steelers won’t be winning 4 games in a row with Dixon, Rapist, Tom Brady or Terry Bradshaw.

  20. TheToolofTools says: Sep 7, 2010 1:58 PM

    Wait till they get their asses kicked a few times and he’ll be begging Roth Benlisberger to get behind center.
    Who’s kidding who… this isn’t a Tom Brady taking over for Drew Bledsoe deal…. get real.

  21. dafish says: Sep 7, 2010 1:59 PM

    talk about a non-story. What next, they’re moving his locker stall? He gets his parking spot changed? Has to order last for the in flight meal on the team plane?
    Hasn’t the man suffered enough?

  22. Bdrunk says: Sep 7, 2010 1:59 PM

    So Dixon could play well enough that Ben loses the starting spot? Riiiiiight.

  23. Citizen Strange says: Sep 7, 2010 2:01 PM

    Tomlin made a Charles Dickens pun?
    GO STEELERS!

  24. BennyBoy says: Sep 7, 2010 2:01 PM

    “Chances are Dixon won’t play well enough to keep Ben on the bench.” ‘Nuff Said.
    On another note, gotta question the wisdom of Hines’ decisions to keep talking about things that should stay in-house.
    If the playbook has to be scaled back, fine. Then scale it back. But we don’t need to let the opponent know that before the game and we also don’t need players undermining coaches or other players publicly.
    If there is a rift or argument in the locker room over decisions that have been made, it should be discussed in the locker room.
    Great player, but I have to question his decision making ability when speaking with the press. Has HINES now decided that he is bigger than the team like our QB had done? Is he going to passive-aggressively complain like this in the media every time he disagrees with a decision that’s been made because he feels like he knows better?

  25. Cushing Will Kill You says: Sep 7, 2010 2:02 PM

    Careful, Tomlin. You know what Ben does when someone says no…

  26. Holeinone09 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:02 PM

    Tomlin sometimes pisses me off with how he responds to some questions. He tries to be too cute (“unleash hell”, anyone?). I don’t understand why there would be any question whatsoever about who the starter will be when Ben returns. I don’t care if Dixon goes 4-0 with 300 yards a game. Ben deserves to be the starter when he returns until his own performance proves otherwise. Possibly Tomlin is trying to improve Dixon’s mental state going into the season by saying he is not necessarily keeping the seat warm until Ben returns. But, I don’t agree with Tomlin’s treatment of this question.
    And then, Florio tops it off by backhandedly insinuating that Ben will hope Dixon stumbles so he doesn’t have to worry about losing his job. For God’s sakes, are you crazy? Florio, I would have respected you more if you said there was a snowball’s chance in hell that Dixon would remain the starter for the 5th game, no matter what Tomlin says.

  27. Steelbuck2 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:04 PM

    Florio,
    This may be your worst post off all time (and that is saying something). This is even worse than your theory that the Steelers weren’t starting Dixon, not because he was below the line, but because they wanted to protect Ben’s job with the team
    Ben is the starter week 5 NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!
    They could be 4-0 & Dixon have a perfect passer rating for the season and Ben is the starter in week 5.

  28. j-wil says: Sep 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    Assuming Big Ben can control little Ben while he’s suspended……………… he will probably return to start.

  29. hemry27 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    Pitsburgh will be praying for Ben’s suspension to be over come October. He is a top 5 QB in this league and will be for several years to come.
    Florio, you hit the bee’s nest everytime you throw a rock! Good one!

  30. JasonW says: Sep 7, 2010 2:05 PM

    Why even ask such a stupid question? Does anyone really think that the Steelers are leaving their $100 million, 2 time super bowl qb on the bench?

  31. FireJerryJones says: Sep 7, 2010 2:09 PM

    Dixon’s gonna make it rain.

  32. CD_Ridge says: Sep 7, 2010 2:10 PM

    Geez, this crap again. Florio, get over it

  33. Hooby says: Sep 7, 2010 2:12 PM

    give em the reverse maddox

  34. damnitall says: Sep 7, 2010 2:12 PM

    @realitypolice
    The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Ever hear of a guy named Tom Brady?

  35. CJ SPILLER says: Sep 7, 2010 2:14 PM

    I’m not a Pittsburgh or Big Ben fan, but no way he is not back on the field when his suspension ends!! The guy is a terrific QB and plays clutch football. Top five to seven QB in the NFL. Would love to have him on my team, dude is a beast to bring down. Too darn bad the guy is an ass, maybe he will learn from this.

  36. IronCIty says: Sep 7, 2010 2:14 PM

    You dont pay $100 million to a guy to hold a clipboard…..Why is this even a discussion? Must be a slow day for headlines..
    Tomlin is just trying to be politically correct with his words. Ben will be cheering for Dennis. Do you think he wants to come back to a team that is 0-4?

  37. James Growl says: Sep 7, 2010 2:19 PM

    Join Bernard Berrian of the Minnesota Vikings and the sexy 49ers cheerleader Amber Wright in the 60 second circle tonight! Bernard can certainly playing a tough game of football but how will he do on Minute to Win it’s “Triple Pong Plop”

  38. RAMROD says: Sep 7, 2010 2:20 PM

    “From Roethlisberger’s perspective, then, he’ll have a potentially warped rooting interest as of Sunday. He’ll want the team to win, but he won’t want Dixon to play so well that Dixon could end up keeping the job after Ben comes back. ”
    —————————–
    That’s ludicrous… You really think he won’t be the starter regardless?? Did you see Dixon in the last preseason game?? I thought you were somewhat educated when it came to football. It turns out your only educated at making up uneducated speculation and scenarios.
    Whatever keeps the hits and uniques coming, right?

  39. mwcarolina says: Sep 7, 2010 2:21 PM

    (“If the Steelers are 6-0 and Dixon has a 153.0 QB rating or better, Big Ben will be benched.”)
    dont see that happening for many reasons, one if i am right the suspension is now 4 games and two i cant see him being unbeaten and playing perfect

  40. Kaz says: Sep 7, 2010 2:21 PM

    So much drama for a top 10 ranked team. Don’t even know who the starting qb will be for the year.

  41. spyboots says: Sep 7, 2010 2:28 PM

    “Ever hear of a guy named Tom Brady?”
    Yeah, we know who he is. He’s the qb whose coach involved him in cheating and whose stats during those cheating years are therefore bogus.

  42. testify517 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:32 PM

    I think everyone in the Steeler’s organization is pulling for Dixon to do well. Despite the fact that I’m a Ravens fan, I can say that the Steeler’s organization is a class act, and they HATE the fact that the face of the franchise is an “accused” rapist. If Dixon does really well, it will be the beginning of the end for Big (and little) Ben in Pittsburgh.

  43. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 2:32 PM

    @The Black Cat … If Dixon has us 6-0 after 4 games, maybe we should give him the job. LOL
    @realitypolice … Finally, sir, you have earned your stripes. Perfect post.
    @Florio … When Ben’s suspension ends, you’ll have to find a new guilty pleasure to replace pot-stirring. I’d suggest Joss Stone music, sugar-free Jello Mousse, and a long, hot bubble bath in the Jacuzzi.

  44. Art Van Delay's brother says: Sep 7, 2010 2:34 PM

    Anyone who watched the Steelers in preseason and thinks Rothlisberger won’t be the starter when he returns had to be chugging Jack Daniels and doing bong hits.
    Tomlin gave a guarded response due to the ridiculous amount of press coverage on this issue. Ben just came off of a record year for Steeler’s QBs. He propped up a weak OL and would have been in the playoffs had the defense held on in a number of close losses.

  45. j-wil says: Sep 7, 2010 2:39 PM

    Assuming Big Ben can control little Ben while he’s suspended……………… he will probably return to start.

  46. richardb says: Sep 7, 2010 2:45 PM

    Given that Ben unzipped himself right out of his starting position, what is a coach to do? Of course he says Ben has to win back his job. Given Ben’s talent, he should be back on the field at the earliest possible game but saying he’s anointed or appointed before the first game would be dumb of Tomlin.

  47. Occam says: Sep 7, 2010 2:46 PM

    “From Roethlisberger’s perspective, then, he’ll have a potentially warped root………..”
    Disgusting.

  48. dlmcc0909 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:48 PM

    This is a Super Bowl winning QB with a huge contract. Obviously, he will be starting unless he has his arm amputated.
    Say what you want about the man, but hes paid to win football games and he does that pretty well. If your going to allow him back onto the team, then obviously your going to start him over the crap-tastic combo of Dixon and Leftwich. This shouldnt even be a debate. Were not talking about Mike Vick here, this guy is actually a real good QB

  49. username says: Sep 7, 2010 2:50 PM

    realitypolice says:
    September 7, 2010 1:55 PM
    Listen, I am no BR fan. But for Christ’s sake, the man has two rings. The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    ******
    Hey is that you Drew Bledsoe? How has it been going? Are you still in Buffalo?

  50. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 2:51 PM

    damnitall says:
    September 7, 2010 2:12 PM
    @realitypolice
    The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Ever hear of a guy named Tom Brady?
    =========================
    What the hell are you talking about? Am I missing the part where Drew Bledsoe won two Super Bowl rings? Because that was an integral part of my point.
    And Bledsoe was hardly in the prime of his career.
    You’re right, other than that, the scenarios are exactly the same.

  51. robert ethen says: Sep 7, 2010 2:53 PM

    Tomlin has offered Roethlisberger the chance to race Dixon over 100 yards to win his job back.

  52. CountSnail says: Sep 7, 2010 2:56 PM

    In other words, if Dixon plays great, Big Ben gets traded during the Week 5 bye week to a team that is already virtually eliminated from playoff contention. I don’t think it will happen though.

  53. steeelfann says: Sep 7, 2010 2:58 PM

    Yea…………………….okay Florio, can’t let it go.
    Just think what you are saying.
    The Steelers will keep Ben on the bench.
    Retarded, wasted of byte space.
    Please, slow down speculation and silliness.
    Stick to facts (mostly) and funny lines.
    That is so lame to even write this and it is not like you have not already been told.

  54. Ravens Macg says: Sep 7, 2010 2:59 PM

    Teams will be able to plan against Dixon. 0-4 start. lil jen will get his job back. Rusty lil jen will then have a 6-6 record and will thus be able to prowl the college towns for drunk co-eds to assault while the Ravens are running through the playoffs!

  55. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 3:07 PM

    @testify517 …
    The Steelers were fed up with Ben’s reckless behavior, but had their own investigators review the evidence and know the rape allegations were false. What they’ve wanted for a long time is for him to act like an adult. They’ve finally gotten that, and couldn’t be happier. The Rooneys have strongly endorsed Ben recently, and Art II accompanying him to see Goodell spoke volumes.
    Ben is extremely close to Tomlin, phoning him from Georgia before the sun arose on the morning after the incident. Tomlin has said many times that he knows Ben is a good guy who just needed to get his life right. Ben had a difficult relationship with Cowher, but Bill recently said Ben reached out to repair their relationship. Hines and his teammates have said the same. Many NFL players have been through similar false allegations and all know they could be in Ben’s shoes. Players from other teams are quite friendly with him after games.
    Coaches made it abundantly clear that they had major concerns about Dixon because he couldn’t grasp the offense and they have to cut back the playbook to accommodate him.
    The only QB controversy in Pittsburgh is in the minds of Florio, nonfans ignorant to the inner relationships of the Steelers, and mentally disturbed people masquerading as Pittsburgh fans while wishing our players injured, posting racist rants about our coaches, and hoping our team goes 4-12.

  56. devilalum says: Sep 7, 2010 3:08 PM

    @Art Van Delay’s brother
    As someone who chugs Jack and loves taking tokes I take offense to the idea I’d watch any Pittsburgh sporting event. Talk about ruining a high.

  57. contract says: Sep 7, 2010 3:09 PM

    Ben has more job security that Tomlin does. Mike better worry about pissing off The Franchise.

  58. khall says: Sep 7, 2010 3:11 PM

    # testify517 says: September 7, 2010 2:32 PM
    If Dixon does really well, it will be the beginning of the end for Big (and little) Ben in Pittsburgh.
    __________
    And the beginning of years of mediocrity for the Steelers.

  59. C.Bass says: Sep 7, 2010 3:13 PM

    Riiiiiiiiight…..
    There’s a reason Big Ben started the last 3 preseason games and it wasn’t because he is going to be the backup for game #5.
    After Florio tried to make a conspiracy issue with Dixon before the Denver game and is now trying to make headlines again. Big Ben was 15-1 his rookie year and led the Steelers to the SB title in his second. Is anyone confident Dixon can get close to that in his third year, especially after the Denver game?
    If the Steelers are 3-1 or 4-0 after 4 games, it’s because their defense is playing the best defense ever seen in the NFL. I’m praying for 2-2.

  60. queenie says: Sep 7, 2010 3:13 PM

    The Terminator says:
    September 7, 2010 1:47 PM
    okay here we go again….Mike, what the hell are you smoking…I mean seriously man you need help!
    ______________
    Yea, right….cause I want some of that stuff…LOL!
    Go Steelers!!!!!!!!

  61. Chris Fiorentino says: Sep 7, 2010 3:14 PM

    Stupid of Tomlin not to say Ben will be his starter. This is just more tweaking of the guy. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champ, not some one-time loser like Bledsoe was when Brady came in and took over the Pats. Ri-GD-diculous.

  62. football genius says: Sep 7, 2010 3:15 PM

    did he unleash hell?

  63. Filthy Fernandez says: Sep 7, 2010 3:16 PM

    This has got to be one of the most asinine things I’ve ever read here or anywhere.
    If anyone thinks Dixon, Leftwich or Batch will be under center with Ben R. healthy, you’re either dillusional or high.
    Crack is whack.

  64. Cincyboy says: Sep 7, 2010 3:18 PM

    Are you serious…? Florio, you sir, are truly an idiot.

  65. jamaltimore says: Sep 7, 2010 3:18 PM

    With another 8-8 season and more player arrests Tomlin should be fighting for his job at the end of the season.
    Until week Five the Rapist will be warming up in the Janitor’s closet! Hoping his TV doesn’t break because he’s no longer allowed to call the repairwomen in to adjust his antennae!
    Pittsburgh, GOT RAPIST???

  66. BRUTUS9448 says: Sep 7, 2010 3:20 PM

    haha lol that’s funny mike. If you pull this leg it plays the harmanica

  67. raidersteve413 says: Sep 7, 2010 3:26 PM

    This is what I hope happens dixon goes 8-0 has a great year then steelers cut ben following year dixon is a bust and they are stuck with no ben and a bad qb and aslo on a related note florio will be crying posting negative stories about the raiders.. I hope dixon pulls a matt castle and people really think hes good

  68. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 7, 2010 3:27 PM

    Watching the Steelers in action is akin to watching some soap opera. Drama queens…bad acting…ridiculous characters…and an audience of bitches, who just can’t get enough of it all.
    Think your team is playoff bound? Really???
    Not.
    Gonna.
    Happen.

  69. footballfan says: Sep 7, 2010 3:27 PM

    Listen, I am no BR fan. But for Christ’s sake, the man has two rings. The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    **********************
    Just like when BR went in for an injured Tommy Maddox…

  70. Tombradysbaby says: Sep 7, 2010 3:29 PM

    I’m sure Big Ben will get some body guard to rough up Dixon “just in case”.

  71. andyprough says: Sep 7, 2010 3:34 PM

    It’s a legit point, Florio, and its Steeler tradition. Tommy Maddox lost his job to Ben that way. Kordell ended Kent Graham’s career in Pittsburgh and revived his own by winning games on the field. Maddox stole Kordell’s job, the season after Kordell led the Steelers to the AFC title game and a Pro-Bowl appearance. Bradshaw ripped his job back from Joe Gilliam by winning on the field.
    Fact is, for all his stats last year, Big Ben couldn’t get it done against Cleveland, Oakland, KC, Cincy, etc… He had chances in all those games to put the game away, or come from behind, but he failed repeatedly. If Dennis Dixon wins 4 games, no reason he should not be the starter until he starts losing.

  72. superb owl says: Sep 7, 2010 3:43 PM

    benny boy isnt drew bledsoe

  73. RAMROD says: Sep 7, 2010 3:45 PM

    Tomlin is obviously just saying he’s not going to back himself in a corner for precisely that reason. Outside the realm of reality, there is a chance that Dixon could remain the starter despite Ben’s return.
    The notion that Ben won’t return to the reigns is ludicrous and Tomlin’s comment should not be blown out of proportion. Ben is a 100 million dollar quarterback who won’t be holding a clipboard anytime soon. Especially not for some guy that has 1 career start, who prefers to tuck the ball, as opposed to finding an open downfield receiver.
    Ben’s actions off the field have been regrettable but on the field have been tremendous. His contributions will return in week 6, and Tomlin will undoubtedly be singing a different tune by then.

  74. mrogers18 says: Sep 7, 2010 3:50 PM

    It would be a great problem to have from the Steelers perspective. But if you’ve watched any preseason games for the Burgh that just won’t happen. I’m not saying they can’t go 4-0, but that offense under Arians is built for Ben and he executes it like an All-Pro future Hall of Famer. Hate him off the field all you want… he puts together a few more regular seasons like last year statistically – adding to his two championships his bust is in Canton in a few years. So would you bench a future HOF’er in the prime of his career when you are a young coach fighting for your legacy? Don’t think so!

  75. Anarcho Purplism says: Sep 7, 2010 3:50 PM

    A decision-maker has the right to change his mind & the right to put off future decisions when they become relevant in the future.

  76. TryTheVeal says: Sep 7, 2010 3:51 PM

    Let’s see…One career start vs. a two time Super Bowl winning QB, who is by his actions obviously, is still young, and there is any question as to who will start?. I know Tomlin isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box, but he isn’t the dullest either, Florio just proved that…My question is, Does Florio ever watch football?….Seriously? And No, I’m no Stillers fan, usually i come here to bait their stupid asses, but again, PFT shows collective stupidity is OK, as long as the hits are generated….”potentially warped rooting interest”..LOL, if the Stillers want to get rid of him, don’t ya think he knows about 20 teams at least would be very interested?…It’s hard to take a football site serioiusly when they act clueless……

  77. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    Tomlin is one of the better coaches in the league.

  78. madmike77 says: Sep 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    Just like when BR went in for an injured Tommy Maddox…
    ***
    Except that Maddox was never close to what Roethlisberger is.
    At his best, Maddox was a serviceable vet who could hit timing patterns and quick outs. He never had any kind of downfield game whatsoever.
    If Dixon goes 4-0 with a QB rating of 95+, then maybe he keeps playing. But does anyone really see that happening?

  79. Jack Burton says: Sep 7, 2010 4:00 PM

    Nobody expected Ben to do what he’s done, who’s to say Dixon won’t do the same? Here’s to hoping so we can squash the Big Ben issue.

  80. queenie says: Sep 7, 2010 4:06 PM

    ArtModellsPimp says:
    September 7, 2010 3:27 PM
    Watching the Steelers in action is akin to watching some soap opera. Drama queens…bad acting…ridiculous characters…and an audience of bitches, who just can’t get enough of it all.
    Think your team is playoff bound? Really???
    Not.
    Gonna.
    Happen
    ____________
    yea right and the only way you Browns are going anywhere is when I take a dump……OH SNAP!
    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!

  81. No-I-In-team says: Sep 7, 2010 4:08 PM

    Florio-
    I’m not a Steel fan but I gotta know, what the hell did BR do to you that makes you want to attack him at every chance you get??? I read NFL coverage from a multitude of sites and your one sided interpretations of any news related to Roethlisberger is just blatant at this point. Dude may be an asswipe, prbably lived like an entitled prick, but from what I’ve read on real news sites, he’s not a rapist. One viewing of the girls police interviews will confirm that. Any “Football” columnist that believes the Rooney’s are going to let their franchise QB sit on the bench for a 5th round Kordell wannabee is just insane.

  82. habman says: Sep 7, 2010 4:16 PM

    To: devilum.
    props

  83. Ravens Macg says: Sep 7, 2010 4:28 PM

    Lil Ben just needs to get a good buzz going then wait for Dixon in a closet or bathroom.

  84. gotsix? says: Sep 7, 2010 4:35 PM

    @footballisking
    …dixon can’t read a defense.
    So, Mr. football tell me what you mean by “read a defense.” you and others throw that around like you know what the hell you mean. SO, tell me what do you mean when you say that (explain what reading a defense means) and don’t say oh, he can see if the corners are coming inside post to slip into man coverage b/c my high-school QBs do that.
    btw. I know what reading a defense means and the fact that Ben ALWAYS runs the snap clock down is a sure sign he can’t read a defense.

  85. In & Out Burger says: Sep 7, 2010 4:45 PM

    @andyprough
    While your argument may appear valid you ignore several important facts. First, while the Steelers weren’t in the playoffs last year, they still won 9 games, with Ben posting career numbers, and the special teams and defense posting decade lows (in a bad way for the defense). Ben was injured at the of the Kansas City game, he did launch a comeback in the Oakland game, but the Raiders were able to go down a score again with very little time left, and Cincinnati also scored on a game winning drive against the defense. The other scenarios you mentioned, if my research is correct, were very different from this current one. Not on of those QBs replaced a Super Bowl winner, but they all replaced a QB that was losing. Big Ben is yet to have a losing season. If by some miracle Dixon is unbeaten (and it will be a miracle) than Ben will still be made the starter if he is in game form and ready. It may be some what of a controversy, and some may not like it, but that would be the right move. Dixon hasn’t won two Super Bowls, in fact, he is yet to win an NFL game. If he quadruples that this season, he still doesn’t deserve the spot more than a proven winner.

  86. steelers rule says: Sep 7, 2010 4:53 PM

    Bne is a 2 time Super Bowl winning QB, of course he gets job back, NO MATTER WHAT! If Manning got hurt for 4 weeks and Colts went 4-0, would the Super Bowl LOSING QB get his job back? Bne is not getting paid millions to be a backup.

  87. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 4:59 PM

    @football fan …
    Yeah, just like when BR went in for an injured Tommy Maddox when he had the second-highest QB ranking in the NFL and two Super Bowl rings … huh??????
    Oh great, someone left the door open and the flies have gotten in again.
    @andyprough …
    When the GREAT Dennis Dixon takes us 4-0, by all means, it will be his job to lose.
    The DEFENSE had chances in all those games to hold the lead and FAILED repeatedly … but it’s so much more fun to blame the QB who finished the season with his best stats ever.
    Kordell Stewart replaced KENT GRAHAM! What? You don’t remember KENT GRAHAM?? Then Tommy Maddox replaced KORDELL STEWART! Woo-hoo!!! And Roethlisberger finished off TOMMY MADDOX. Wow these are some HALL OF FAME QBs we’re talking about. These guys all came off the bench to go 15-1 their rookie season. Won the Super Bowl their second year. They’re among the top-ranked QBs in the league. They all have TWO RINGS.
    Would you crazed nutjobs please please PLEASE pack up your irrational hatred of our QB and go root for Cleveland????????

  88. 8ball says: Sep 7, 2010 5:35 PM

    .
    @Deb
    “The Steelers were fed up with Ben’s reckless behavior, but had their own investigators review the evidence and know the rape allegations were false. ”
    Deb, do you have access to this report ? You were briefed by whom? The public can view this report where?
    It’s just more “paid for” media posts by one of the best “PR MEN” in the business.
    It’s very unusual that you only post on stories regarding Mr. Roethlisberger. Have any other interest in the NFL?
    Deb= Pa. State Trooper Ed Joiner with a keyboard….another enabling dude.
    .

  89. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 6:15 PM

    footballfan says:
    September 7, 2010 3:27 PM
    Listen, I am no BR fan. But for Christ’s sake, the man has two rings. The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    ***************** *****
    Just like when BR went in for an injured Tommy Maddox…
    ================
    Yes, because we all remember the two super bowls Tommy Maddox won for the Steelers.
    Jesus Christ, could you read my whole post before you comment?!?! My whole point was that BR’s two titles earned him the leeway of not losing his job to suspension.

  90. realitypolice says: Sep 7, 2010 6:18 PM

    andyprough says:
    September 7, 2010 3:34 PM
    It’s a legit point, Florio, and its Steeler tradition. Tommy Maddox lost his job to Ben that way. Kordell ended Kent Graham’s career in Pittsburgh and revived his own by winning games on the field. Maddox stole Kordell’s job, the season after Kordell led the Steelers to the AFC title game and a Pro-Bowl appearance. Bradshaw ripped his job back from Joe Gilliam by winning on the field.
    ===========================
    Not one of those examples you list involve a Super Bowl winning QB losing his job to a non-Super Bowl winning QB. In each case a mediocre or sub-standard starter lost his job to a better player. Clearly not the case here.
    Thank you for making my point.

  91. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 6:45 PM

    @IdiotBall …
    The DA in his press conference said no rape occurred and that he prosecutes crimes, not sin, and he hopes the accuser learned her lesson. It doesn’t get much clearer–unless you are a braindead rival fan. The Steelers’ investigators and NFL Security met with him and returned with this information, which is why the Steelers have supported Ben’s efforts to turn his life around, rather than trying to trade him as Florio erroneously reported. And that’s why Goodell did not allude to sexual assault in his suspension letter but focused on Ben’s drinking and image. 1+1=2 Most of us learned simple math in grade school; I’m sorry you didn’t.
    I post regularly on a variety of issues and team threads at PFT and CFT and have since long before Roethlisberger’s troubles in Georgia. You woud know this if YOU didn’t limit yourself to these threads. Why the obsession with someone else’s team?
    I write for a living, but don’t work in PR. Aw gee … why didn’t I think of contacting Roethlisberger’s agent and asking to be paid for posting the stuff I’m writing already? Rats!
    Calling the girl a man … the last refuge of a sad little boy with nothing else to say.

  92. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 6:55 PM

    @Jack Burton …
    When we drafted Roethlisberger, my brother called and said, “We’ve finally got our quarterback. Our fortunes are about to change.”
    He also told me Brady was a future superstar when the Pats took him in the sixth round, so I’ll admit he’s an unusually good judge of talent. But Ben was drafted in the first round to be our future starter. No one could have predicted he’d be so dramatically effective so fast, but everyone expected him to be a high-impact player. He wasn’t the Big Surprise that Brady was to most people (except my brother :)

  93. Siggy00 says: Sep 7, 2010 7:25 PM

    “Deb, do you have access to this report ? You were briefed by whom? The public can view this report where?”
    She’s right. Art II said words to that affect, that their investigation came to the conclusion that he did not commit this crime. The Steelers, Ben, and the NFL all had their own investigation teams. They all concluded the same thing.

  94. 8ball says: Sep 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    .
    @Deb
    “The Steelers were fed up with Ben’s reckless behavior, but had their own investigators review the evidence and know the rape allegations were false. ”
    Please sir, tell us all you know about the Steelers own internal investigation. Who are these investigators? What did they uncover? How were you privvy to this internal report? Was the information submitted to the league?
    Caught in a lie BS artist ?
    .

  95. seventhheaven7 says: Sep 7, 2010 8:04 PM

    OH PLEASE! Com on Mike T, luv ya and all but we all damn well know BIG BEN is getting his job back. Stop with the nonsense.
    GO STEELERS!

  96. ronmexico says: Sep 7, 2010 8:06 PM

    @jamaltimore
    Wow- you’d think Ben had killed someone with the nasty things you have to say about him.
    Oh…. wait….

  97. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 9:52 PM

    @8ball …
    Omigosh, I thought you wanted me to produce their reports. I actually gave you credit for knowing the Steelers and the NFL had sent their own people to Georgia. Florio reported on that months ago, you idiot.
    ROFLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  98. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 9:55 PM

    @Siggy00 …
    Thank you … I figured he’d read all that, too, and wanted me to produce the actual reports! LOL
    Oh my goodness–he’s an even bigger dimwit than I thought!!

  99. Blackn'Gold says: Sep 7, 2010 10:21 PM

    Why is the text in BOLD? Tomlin meant that he’ll make that decision when it has to be made. How much practice will Ben need to get up to speed. 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks? Tomlin may keep Ben out until the New Orleans game. Then again, if the Steelers are smokin’ then don’t mess with it. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
    Having Ben back won’t be some panacea. The verbal abuse may have an affect on the team. People will be booing for the rest of the season including the Superbowl. ;-)
    GO STEELERS!

  100. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 10:31 PM

    @8ball …
    Omigosh, I thought you wanted me to produce their reports. I actually gave you credit for knowing the Steelers and the NFL had sent their own people to Georgia. Florio reported on that months ago, you idiot.
    ROFLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  101. Deb says: Sep 7, 2010 10:31 PM

    @Siggy00 …
    Thank you … I figured he’d read all that, too, and wanted me to produce the actual reports! LOL
    Oh my goodness–he’s an even bigger dimwit than I thought!!

  102. RebaT. says: Sep 7, 2010 11:43 PM

    YES!!! Finally Tomlin developed a brain. However, PFT is wrong about Dixon. They will go 3-1. Did you see the schedule of the first 4 games? Weak… except maybe the Ravens but Lewis and Reed are getting old.
    Ben wasn’t voted one of the captain’s of the team and not guaranteed a start after 4? OMG!! What a slap is that from his own teammates and coach! Well deserved #7 fat ass!! He has no respect from his own team. I don’t think he ever did… He has a Mr. God complex.

  103. RebaT. says: Sep 7, 2010 11:58 PM

    If Ben sits the bench after 4… guess what? That 100 million is G O N E!!! Trade time!! Bu-bye. No contract is a contract in the NFL. Are you kidding? Too many psychos on this board to think if Dixon goes 4-0 or 3-1 they will take him out. S T U P I D!! Dixon can throw AND run. So what he threw 2 ints in a preseason game. Mr. Idiot has thrown 4 ints in one game and people think he’s still that good? His stats last year SUCKED. Look it up. He can’t run and was sacked more than any other QB last season. Leftwich and Batch depend on the pocket too much. We have a pathetic O line!!
    Troy and Hines got screwed over in salary. Woodley the biggest screwed over player…. geez, that good of a defensive player and he gets 500k? WTF?
    Ben will never be a Favre, Brady, Marino or a Manning. And I HATE Brady! Let that whore of a wife support him.

  104. realitypolice says: Sep 8, 2010 12:03 AM

    username says:
    September 7, 2010 2:50 PM
    realitypolice says:
    September 7, 2010 1:55 PM
    Listen, I am no BR fan. But for Christ’s sake, the man has two rings. The players in the locker room, particularly the vets, understand you don’t take away the man’s job because some back up had a nice run.
    ******
    Hey is that you Drew Bledsoe? How has it been going? Are you still in Buffalo?
    ========
    Yet another poster who has a better memory of all those Drew Bledsoe Super Bowl championships than I do.

  105. RebaT. says: Sep 8, 2010 12:35 AM

    Deb
    You’re an idiot! Why don’t you just go F the man and be done with it.

  106. steeler560 says: Sep 8, 2010 8:44 AM

    Ahem, Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Ed Buchette calls out this story and THIS DOOZY FROM FLORIO specifically as BS! According to the PG+, Buchette said the national media twisted Tomlins words to create a non-story. Ben has ZERO chance of not being on the field game 5 and the only reason he was not voted a team captain was because he wasnt going to be there for 4 games…moron hack!

  107. Jack Burton says: Sep 8, 2010 8:54 AM

    I’m no Big Ben hater I just don’t fully support someone who obvioulsy could give a crap about the average fan. I know he’ll be the QB whether DD goes 4-0 but I will root for the underdog as opposed to worshiping a self involved prick.

  108. Deb says: Sep 8, 2010 10:18 AM

    @Jack Burton …
    You know, I made an innocent post to you about the expectations of a FIRST-ROUND pick, smile and everything. I’ve made similar friendly posts to 8ball. I don’t worship football players. But I keep forgetting that I’m dealing with people who have the mentality and emotional maturity of eighth-graders who are incapable of adult reasoning and incapable of polite conversation. They ignore my many posts condemning Ben’s egomaniacal behavior, and assume that when an adult woman realistically assesses a player’s TALENT or analyzes the evidence in a legal case that it’s really some code for idol worship or “I want to screw the guy.” The biggest problem on these boards is that most of you need to grow up.
    @RebaT. … Don’t judge me by your values. I’m a football fan, that doesn’t mean I want to screw the players. You mouth off like some drunken slut sliding off a barstool who’s tried to bang every guy in the joint and been turned down. You’re old, bitter, and used up. You hate everything male and everything female that hasn’t burned herself out like you have. You’re a sad shrieking shrew who knows as much about football as you do about good manners, which isn’t much. I’ve told you before to leave me out of your vulgarity. If you don’t like my comments, skip them. They’re over your head anyway.

  109. Holeinone09 says: Sep 8, 2010 11:25 AM

    Ben will start on 10/17/10. If you don’t think he will, then put some money where your mouth is and make a bet with me. You dopes. I certainly hope Dixon plays well in Ben’s absence, and I will be supporting him in those first 4 games. Frankly, I hope the pressure doesn’t get to him too much. But at this point in his career he is not even close to the caliber of player Ben has shown to be, and not many are, let alone someone as green as Dixon is. Watch football, dummies, before you open your mouth and look stupid.
    Not sure if Tomlin’s words were twisted or what. But Tomlin needs to wise up on some of things he says to the media, sometimes he tries to be too cute.
    And RebaT, you and connie need to get together and give each other kisses. You are blowing the same horn and the notes are sour! Your minds are clouded with your hatred for Ben for some reason. If either of you are actually Steeler fans (which I doubt), then please go cheer for another team and do us all a favor.
    GO STEELERS!!

  110. olcap says: Sep 8, 2010 11:31 AM

    Mike Tomlin and “smart”… Not two words that I would ever put together.

  111. RebaT. says: Sep 8, 2010 12:03 PM

    Deb,
    My values are my own and YOU have no idea what they are. I don’t drink and I am sure that you do. Apparently you think you are so smart. I would be surprised if your IQ is higher than 70. I bet you are so ugly too.
    I touched a nerve with you! LOL I LOVE to do that. You are so stupid you fall for it every time. You don’t know football for anything.
    Manners? You wouldn’t know what manners means based upon your postings. Why don’t you go in a corner and read Curious George again. Maybe that will help you.

  112. Kaz says: Sep 8, 2010 12:06 PM

    For the record, this is the news conference.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liHs6C7ajzg&feature=channel
    It doesn’t sound liek his “innocence” is so cut and dry as the Steeler fans may like. Sounds like something fishy went on behind the scenes (i.e settlement).

  113. Deb says: Sep 8, 2010 2:19 PM

    Kaz, you put up a link to just over 13 minutes of a 71-minute press conference. That’s pretty sad.
    He stated plainly later in the press conference that he did not believe the woman was paid off. He also said clearly that he hoped she and her friends had learned their lesson. The medical exam found that she did not have intercourse.
    I’m tired of wrangling with bitter rival fans who revel in thinking a woman was raped when she wasn’t and that a young athlete is a rapist. Obviously, by this posting, YOU are the kind of person who distorts facts and evidence to make a point. I’m not. I’m sorry your life is so empty that you have nothing better to do than scour the Internet looking for edited comments. I can’t imagine what kind of misery would prompt someone to falsely accuse another man of a sex crime because he hates his football team.
    Here is the link to the FULL 71-minute press conference:
    http://kdka.com/video/?id=71073@kdka.dayport.com
    RebaT., YOU are the one who started launching launched vulgar sexual attacks at me months ago and wishing violence on me. YOU demonstrate your values with every HATE-FILLED rant. I tried to be kind to you when others were picking you apart. But you do nothing but attack me and everyone else. I have no idea what’s behind your raving, semi-literate, often slurred diatribes. If it’s not alcohol, then it’s drug abuse or mental illness. Frankly, I don’t care. As I’ve posted dozens of times, just leave me alone.

  114. badthing says: Sep 8, 2010 8:41 PM

    Stand by your man………..

  115. In & Out Burger says: Sep 8, 2010 9:11 PM

    @RebaT.
    Hey, you wanna get together sometime. You are just my type: mad at mommy, damaged goods, desperate for attention.
    Just kidding, that’s not my type at all.

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