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Mike Tomlin announces what we already knew, again

Last week, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that Charlie Batch would be the starting quarterback against the Ravens, two days after Batch put together a big game against the Bucs.  No one was surprised.

This week, with Ben Roethlisberger back in the fold, Tomlin once again has told the world what the world already knew.

Big Ben will be back under center when the Steelers face the Browns on October 17.

Joining Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of The Sirius Blitz on Sirius NFL Radio, Tomlin spoke about the no-brainer decision.

“[H]e’s going to get his normal reps in terms of preparing for the game that he’s gotten since I’ve been here in terms of preparing a starter to play,” Tomlin said.  “And, of course, he’s going to start next Sunday.”

Tomlin also said that Roethlisberger is physically ready to go.

“His conditioning is not a concern at all and if you lay eyes on him you’ll understand what I’m talking about,” Tomlin said.  “He’s in great physical shape.  His arm is in great shape. He’s ready for work.  It’s just about being sharp, being football sharp, being able to recognize and identify pressure packages and change protection points and distribute the ball.  And that’s football.   That’s why we’re working today.  But ultimately you’ve got to be able to do that under duress and sometimes the only duress that is legitimate is inside stadiums so we understand that his progress is going to be measured on how he does in the stadium next Sunday and moving forward.”

We think he’ll do just fine.  Before Sunday’s game against the Ravens, we believed that, if the Steelers had won, they could have run the table.  Though the best the Steelers can now manage is 15-1, we wouldn’t be surprised if it happens.

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55 Responses to “Mike Tomlin announces what we already knew, again”
  1. OsideBoltzFan760 says: Oct 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    Yamchargers, most accurate statement I have ever heard

  2. bdenny29 says: Oct 5, 2010 2:38 PM

    Praise be to Ben. Seriously.
    The best defensive team in the NFL now gets a top 3 QB. 15-1 is ambitious…13-3 is likely.
    Let’s hear all the other fans start their baseless barbs about Ben. That’s all they have since they know their squads can not compete with the Steelers.
    Sixburgh is more catchy than Sevenburgh, but we’ll adapt.

  3. blastfurniss says: Oct 5, 2010 2:41 PM

    Sure this team could go 15-1 Florio….they are also just as likely to implode again like they did the last half of last season. Big Ben’s teammates hate him, the O-line, WR and RB all lack depth, and if Mr. Head and Shoulders gets hurt again the defense could crumble. The Steelers have played much better than I expected but Florio please quit crowning them as the kings of football in every article.

  4. nikuk says: Oct 5, 2010 2:42 PM

    15-1… if troy stays healthy. Any real fan knows that troy is the key to them winning consistently, its been evident for years.

  5. DeVoodoo says: Oct 5, 2010 2:46 PM

    After their next loss, would you write, “It wouldn’t surprise me to see them go 14 – 2″?
    Let it go, Florio. The Steelers aren’t THAT good.

  6. patpatriotagain says: Oct 5, 2010 2:49 PM

    Really, run the table?!? Saints, Patriots, Jets, Baltimore (again) and Cincinatti twice. Why does one think that they have a realistic chance to go 15-1 with that schedule?

  7. kravon says: Oct 5, 2010 2:54 PM

    Considering last Sunday a gift Ravens.
    Kravon

  8. psmith7716 says: Oct 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    Blastfurniss states that Big Ben’s teammates hate him. How does he “KNOW” this? I agree with the rest of the post.

  9. rjgreen3 says: Oct 5, 2010 3:04 PM

    @ Kravon
    If you want to call last Sunday a gift that’s ok; but how many gifts have the Ravens given to the Steelers? Truth be told when these two teams play, it is a tough physical game that anyone can win! Enough said………….

  10. RAMROD says: Oct 5, 2010 3:05 PM

    Not only wouldn’t have run the table.. What does it matter if they run the freaking table??
    A few years ago, we watched the Patriots and Bill Bellicheat “run the table” and run up every score in the process only to FAIL in the Superbowl.
    Running the table doesn’t matter and the sooner you divorce yourself from the idea, “we” (as you say all the time) will be better off.
    TY

  11. kravon says: Oct 5, 2010 3:07 PM

    patpatriotagain says:
    October 5, 2010 2:49 PM
    Really, run the table?!? Saints, Patriots, Jets, Baltimore (again) and Cincinatti twice. Why does one think that they have a realistic chance to go 15-1 with that schedule?
    ———————————————–
    Allow me answer: I dont think they go 15-1
    Every team has weaknesses somewhere and certainly the Steelers are not perfect, but its not completely unreasonable to think they couldnt beat those teams.
    -Patriots are vulnerable on defense
    -Saints offense certainly seems out of rhythm right now, and they arent getting the turnovers they used to.
    - Jets, we shall see if Sanchez can continue to make relatively few mistakes, but I think if you contain their run you have a great chance of winning a slugfest with them.
    -Ravens beat the Steelers last two times. Both games I believe by 3 points, w/o Ben.
    -Bengals did a great job on defense against Steelers last year, cannot turn the ball over against them.

  12. ErikInHell says: Oct 5, 2010 3:08 PM

    Especially the steeler fanbase.

  13. PARavensJeff says: Oct 5, 2010 3:11 PM

    Wow, lets just cancel the rest of the season. Florio just crowned their a*s, I hope the Ravens give me back my $ for the remaining 7 home games. I didn’t think the Ravens would just roll over on December 5th & let the Stillers beat them, but Florio called it. Thanks Mike, I believe you’re going to be wrong. I’m sure the Ravens will have a lot to say about that!

  14. jjared1101 says: Oct 5, 2010 3:13 PM

    “[H]e’s going to get his normal reps in terms of preparing for the game that he’s gotten since I’ve been here in terms of preparing a starter to play,” Tomlin said. ”
    In what terms would you be preparing him with normal reps in terms of not preparing for the terms of the game?
    /head explodes

  15. Miz says: Oct 5, 2010 3:14 PM

    Your Steelers bias is ridiculous. What happens if they lose to the Browns? Do they go 14-2?

  16. njhitman says: Oct 5, 2010 3:14 PM

    patpatriotagain says:
    October 5, 2010 2:49 PM
    Really, run the table?!? Saints, Patriots, Jets, Baltimore (again) and Cincinatti twice. Why does one think that they have a realistic chance to go 15-1 with that schedule?
    ——————————–
    Well lets run down your teams Saints look like the old Saints Bmore should of lost to the 4th string QB and got lucky on the win Cinn LMAO If the Pats play like the old Pats but their up and down good game the Jets will be a great game

  17. Deb says: Oct 5, 2010 3:20 PM

    Are you sure, Mike? He didn’t announce they were shopping Ben? He didn’t announce that Leftwich will be our new starter? That Dixon is the future of the franchise? That there will be a locker room tiff over Roethlisberger and Charlie? That Ben wasn’t welcomed back with open arms?
    Did I forget any foolish unsubstantiated rumor?
    So our starting QB will be our starting QB? Huh! Now who would have guessed that? ;)

  18. somesome says: Oct 5, 2010 3:21 PM

    kravon says:
    October 5, 2010 2:54 PM
    Considering last Sunday a gift Ravens.
    Kravon
    ——————————–
    Classic Kravon – I’ll keep this one on the back burner ’til December … I hope it will be a nailbiter ….

  19. shaslers says: Oct 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    If Ben was in there Sunday Flacco certainly would not have gone 4-4 for forty yards in thirty seconds for and a wide-open game-winning touchdown! Best defense in football, my ass.

  20. Madeira says: Oct 5, 2010 3:41 PM

    Let’s see how that #1 run D does against the Browns. Ray Lewis still sees #47 every time he closes his eyes.

  21. funi says: Oct 5, 2010 3:42 PM

    Steelers will go 11-5, 12-4 EASILY! Steelers scores will be like 31-10, 28-13 rest of the way! Remember Raven fans, you beta Steelers last 2 games with out Ben and won by a whopping 3 points to Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch! Not saying much!

  22. njhitman says: Oct 5, 2010 3:47 PM

    somesome says:
    October 5, 2010 3:18 PM
    Top 3 QB …. ROFLMAO … with what offense?
    Wallace ….
    Ward …. (has he caught 5 passes yet?)
    Miller …
    Mendenhall …
    who else …. Bueller …. Bueller … Bueller ….
    ——————————————
    Yep the same guys from last year . Had over 4k trowing yards . You need to look up stats before talking . Ben was #5 behine Brees ,Favre ,Rivers,Rodgers and 7th in total offence . If it was for the D given games away in the last mins Pitt would of been 13-3 so learn something before talking MORON

  23. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Oct 5, 2010 3:48 PM

    Congrats to the Ravens on Sunday’s win. They earned it. That being said, this is a non story Florio. Strive for quality of content not quantity.

  24. Katmanduu says: Oct 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    We all know that if Ben was at the helm on Sunday, then the Ravens would have lost by at least two touchdowns. The Steelers had receivers running around alone in the secondary, but Batch couldn’t get the ball to them on his best day. That’s why he’s 4′th string, ladies and gents.
    Instead, we all have to hear about how “great” Joe Sucko is as a QB, as he had his “defining” moment. A 40 yard drive….against a team with a 4′th string QB. Nice going Joe. I guess those 4 pickles in Cincy didn’t count, let alone your obvious failures when you are matched up head to head against Ben, a QB who you’ll never measure up to on your best day.

  25. TD40 says: Oct 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    Won’t it be ironic when the Steelers go downhill once their starting QB comes back? I can totally see that happening. It will be a laugh and a half if they were a better team with their 3rd and 4th string QBs playing. yep. won’t surprise me at all if that happens.

  26. footballfan says: Oct 5, 2010 4:01 PM

    If Ben was in there Sunday Flacco certainly would not have gone 4-4 for forty yards in thirty seconds for and a wide-open game-winning touchdown! Best defense in football, my ass.
    *********
    You are absolutely right shaslers. But I am pretty sure Pitt woulda been up by 3 touchdowns by that point so the last score by the Ravens really wouldn’t have mattered.

  27. Darth Vader says: Oct 5, 2010 4:02 PM

    No way the Steelers go better than 12-4

  28. lin1945 says: Oct 5, 2010 4:02 PM

    I hope he is booed through-out the game. He honestly should NOT be back in until the Nevada matter is resolved and the commissioner let the people down by shortening the suspension. May Ben lose his groove and find he has to grovel in each play.

  29. TasteTheSteel says: Oct 5, 2010 4:07 PM

    Losing Troy hurts, but losing Aaron Smith is devastating. If Pittsburgh can’t stop the run they lose. Glad to have Ben back, and I expect him to want to play angry. We’ll see what happens.

  30. ricebowl says: Oct 5, 2010 4:10 PM

    Ravens lost by 3 in Pittsburgh last year with Ben. It doesn’t matter who is playing for either team, that game will always be close.

  31. njhitman says: Oct 5, 2010 4:10 PM

    Katmanduu says:
    October 5, 2010 3:52 PM
    We all know that if Ben was at the helm on Sunday, then the Ravens would have lost by at least two touchdowns. The Steelers had receivers running around alone in the secondary, but Batch couldn’t get the ball to them on his best day. That’s why he’s 4′th string, ladies and gents.
    Instead, we all have to hear about how “great” Joe Sucko is as a QB, as he had his “defining” moment. A 40 yard drive….against a team with a 4′th string QB. Nice going Joe. I guess those 4 pickles in Cincy didn’t count, let alone your obvious failures when you are matched up head to head against Ben, a QB who you’ll never measure up to on your best day.
    ———————————–
    You forgot to say if Jeff didn’t miss the 2 FGs game was over . But they won give them their due lets see next time

  32. Chiggs says: Oct 5, 2010 4:11 PM

    Steelers going 15-1? I’m almost willing to make Ewing Theory comment right now.
    Guess I sort of just did.

  33. Ravens Macg says: Oct 5, 2010 4:16 PM

    Defense will relax with lil jen back………..they will lose to Cleveland.

  34. RAVNATION says: Oct 5, 2010 4:22 PM

    24. Katmanduu says: October 5, 2010 3:52 PM
    We all know that if Ben was at the helm on Sunday, then the Ravens would have lost by at least two touchdowns. The Steelers had receivers running around alone in the secondary, but Batch couldn’t get the ball to them on his best day. That’s why he’s 4′th string, ladies and gents.
    Instead, we all have to hear about how “great” Joe Sucko is as a QB, as he had his “defining” moment. A 40 yard drive….against a team with a 4′th string QB. Nice going Joe. I guess those 4 pickles in Cincy didn’t count, let alone your obvious failures when you are matched up head to head against Ben, a QB who you’ll never measure up to on your best day.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sounds like a lot of whinning and excuses. I cant wait for the next game- Ben is gonna get a huge dose of Baltimore’s crowd and our D.
    Flacco took the ball and scored on your FIRST TEAM D when it counted most- Period. If you can’t admit that without all the should of, would of, what if, then you are just another ru-tarded angry squeeler.
    Oh, and Ed Reed wasn’t in… you know a game changer as well. Somehow that gets overlooked and it all Blah Blah Blah about your Rapist not playing.
    Ravens lead the 2010 series 1-0. Gulp Crow Katmandodo. Cant wait til the next match!!!!!!

  35. SteelTown-6 says: Oct 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    RAMROD says: October 5, 2010 3:05 PM
    “A few years ago, we watched the Patriots and Bill Bellicheat “run the table” and run up every score in the process only to FAIL in the Superbowl.”
    That’s right, which only proves the Super Bowl is all that matters.
    Try getting that through to the haters whose teams have never done it once, let alone 6 going on 7 times.

  36. Jack Burton says: Oct 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    I’m still not sold on the DB’s, they showed their age in that 4th quarter winning drive. The run D is great but that prevent D they were playing was rediculous.

  37. somesome says: Oct 5, 2010 4:34 PM

    @ njhitman
    what is it with the name calling????? Insecure, shoulda-woulda-coulda … you sound like a the whining Raven fans you all always complain about.
    Flacco did not face your 4th string QB, he faced your D and marched the field up and down with NO problem …. your D had ONE sack and TWO hits … that’s it ….
    First Rothlisburger has to show something before he IS a top 5 QB, last year stats are just that … last year … do you even know who the number one QB is right now? Kyle Orton … it will take the guy with the face of a child molester 4 weeks just to break a 1000 yards … I will bet anything that he will not be top 5 at the end of this season ….
    … so the scheduling gods gave you a present of a timely bye and more importantly a home game against the Browns for Rotty to get back in game shape. But it will be like week NINE when he finally has a 1000 yards. No 4000 yard season, no top ten QB this year for the rapist ….

  38. BlitzDorsey says: Oct 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    15-1? LOL!!!!!!!!
    And Florio’s true colors as a Steeler fan shine through.
    No way the Steelers will finish better than 12-4, let alone 15-1. Another one of Florio’s predictions that should be on Comedy Central.

  39. FloriosHairHat says: Oct 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    RAVNATION says: October 5, 2010 4:22 PM
    “Ben is gonna get a huge dose of Baltimore’s crowd…”
    You’re gonna lower his IQ?

  40. ravenfan820 says: Oct 5, 2010 4:51 PM

    Let’s see how well the team of brothers and all that react if they lose with little Ben at the helm.
    Certainly a great defense, but we’ll see about the offense….

  41. Katmanduu says: Oct 5, 2010 4:58 PM

    Marched up and down the field with no problem? What game were you watching somesome?? Joe Sucko barely had over 200 yards passing before that LOOOOOONG 40 yard drive at the end. Lets see Joe Sucko drive the team 80 or 90 yards to win. Betcha he can’t do it.
    RAVNATION, you are delisional. You saw the game. Even the announcers showing replays said that Steeler receivers were wide open all day, but Batch couldn’t get the ball to them. Funny though, how Ben always sticks it up the Ravens’ tails when he is out there. Did it last year…..did it 3 times in ’09 when the Steelers won their 6′th Lombardi. Methinks you know the truth and that overrated defense is in for a long day. It’s gonna be even sweeter watching 50,000 Baltimorons walk out of the stadium with dazed looks on their faces.

  42. steelersmichele says: Oct 5, 2010 5:09 PM

    RAVNATION says: Sounds like a lot of whinning and excuses.
    Really?
    I think you have the Steelers confused with your Ravens.
    After our loss, the players said that they need to improve and not make mistakes. The fans acknowledge that Ben not being there made a difference and that Reed needs to make FGs and our defense needed to stop Joe at the end–all of those comments reflect back on to what the Steelers need to do.
    After your loss to Cincy, the leader of your team complained about the refs. He said that the refs cost them the game and that there were too many B.S. calls. Your coach complained about the refs, too.
    And after every win, there are NO comments from your team about the refs.
    After the Pittsburgh game, did the Ravens acknowledge that 88 yards of penalties helped your team out? Did they say “thank you” to the refs? No. There were no questions about the officials since you won.
    Your team blames others for losses instead of looking at themselves.
    My team looks at what is missing and what could be improved upon.
    That’s why my team is better–win or lose.

  43. Deb says: Oct 5, 2010 5:15 PM

    @lin1945 ….
    Worried much about the Steelers getting back their QB?
    You might be surprised how many players would end up sitting out for a year or more if the NFL adopted a policy of refusing to allow athletes to compete until the civil suits against them are resolved.
    Not much is required to bring a civil suit, genius. In this case, there is ZERO evidence of sexual assault–that’s according to the police in the jurisdiction. They said they have no reason to believe a crime occurred. There are, however, text messages from the accuser to acquaintances sent the day after the encounter saying how she looked forward to seeing Ben again. Obviously she didn’t realize they would surface when she filed the suit a year after the fact. This suit is based solely on her assertion and nothing more–an assertion refuted by her own text messages. But you think the man should be deprived of his livelihood until the case can be decided?
    You are an idiot.

  44. steelersmichele says: Oct 5, 2010 5:18 PM

    Katmanduu says: It’s gonna be even sweeter watching 50,000 Baltimorons walk out of the stadium with dazed looks on their faces.
    Make that 49,999 Baltimorons walking out dazed. I’ll be walking out with a huge smile on my face waving my Terrible Towel :)

  45. Stihler fan says: Oct 5, 2010 5:26 PM

    I LOVE IT! I thought Clowns fans would be hiding. They probably were but they won Sunday and the Steelers lost so they come slithering out of the whole the Clowns force (due to their ineptitude) them to live in most of the time. Let’s see how many Clowns fans are talking crap next week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they beat the Steelers for the first time in like 14 games last year. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. The Clowns are the NFL equivilant of a blind squirrel

  46. First to Six says: Oct 5, 2010 5:29 PM

    let me clarify something, the actuals teams are much more classy than the posters on this blog. They may not like each other but they definitely respect each other. Most people here like to talk about “what ifs” along with other excuses. Bottom line is that it was a great game (as usual). Injuries, suspensions, penalties, etc. are challeges that are part of the game.

  47. rarson says: Oct 5, 2010 5:35 PM

    “A 40 yard drive….against a team with a 4′th string QB. Nice going Joe.”
    Yup, because in those zany rivalry games, they make QBs play defense, too.
    I think the Ravens’ record in the regular season will be better than the Steelers’, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  48. RAVNATION says: Oct 5, 2010 5:42 PM

    Katmanduu says: October 5, 2010 4:58 PM
    It’s gonna be even sweeter watching 50,000 Baltimorons walk out of the stadium with dazed looks on their faces.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Since you mention it, it was pretty sweet watching all the Pitt trash inside the stadium funnel out sad and disappointed.
    As Sgt. O’Neill once said,
    Excuses are like a holes, everybody’s got one.
    Ravens 17-14.

  49. Holeinone09 says: Oct 5, 2010 5:46 PM

    @TD40 says:
    October 5, 2010 3:52 PM
    Won’t it be ironic when the Steelers go downhill once their starting QB comes back? I can totally see that happening. It will be a laugh and a half if they were a better team with their 3rd and 4th string QBs playing. yep. won’t surprise me at all if that happens.
    * * * * * *
    You can “totally see that happening”? I wouldn’t surprise you at all? Well son, that means you don’t have a clue about football and don’t have the guts to post honest opinions. Since if you were man enough to admit that even though you hate the Steelers you can still evaluate talent, then you would know this. Ben is in the top 5 QBs in the league, he has singlehandedly won games, he was on 2 winning Super Bowl teams, and he is clearly head over heels better than the other QBs on the team. So then, are you still following me, it COULD happen, and it would be a MAJOR SURPRISE to someone with a brain if it happened. But clowns like you that are so biased that you can’t even post a reasonable thought get laughed off here daily. So see ya’, dummy. Personally, I expect at least 12 wins this year. After going 3-1, 9-3 the rest of the ways seems like a very high probabilty based on talent, and not considering critical injuries that could happen to any player on any team at any time. Add a player with Ben’s talent to the way the rest of the team is playing, and 12 wins seems entirely achievable.
    GO BEN AND GO STEELERS!!

  50. Stihler fan says: Oct 5, 2010 5:53 PM

    somesome:
    Of course Ben won’t be a top the leader board at the end of the year. He will, however, be hoisting his 3rd Lombardi. That’s all that matters

  51. Art Van Delay's brother says: Oct 5, 2010 5:58 PM

    Having the Steelers enter the bye week at 3-1 is probably a better scenario than 4-0 in the long run. For some reason the Steelers were buying into the hype as the best defense and “put anyone behind center” blabbed by the sports talking heads.
    Ryan Clark admitted as much and promised to use the loss as a lesson. I think the Dick LeBeau and the defense better take a long hard look at the last 5 minutes of the Baltimore game.
    Ben Roethlisberger is back, one of the best QB’s in the NFL and the Steelers will make the playoffs. After that who knows?

  52. Stihler fan says: Oct 5, 2010 6:04 PM

    I will say, playing the Ravens helps make the Steelers a good team.

  53. Hoof Hearted says: Oct 5, 2010 7:14 PM

    Look all you whining, Steeler haters…….stop all the crap as I’m in the Steeler’s trophy room dusting and polishing the 6, yeah that’s right….SIX Lombardi trophies and you’re holding up work as I laugh my ass off trying to listen to you and still get my job done. If you all know so friggin’ much and can predict the future of the Steelers, what the hell are you doing on this web site as you should all be on your private island after winning every state lottery. You know nothing, zilch, so shut the crap up and enjoy life. Little bitches!

  54. hayward giapunchmi says: Oct 5, 2010 7:30 PM

    RAVNATION says: October 5, 2010 5:42 PM
    “Since you mention it, it was pretty sweet watching all the Pitt trash inside the stadium funnel out sad and disappointed. ”
    Nah, what you saw was the Ratbirds fans realizing they had to get in their cars and return to Baltimore.

  55. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 5, 2010 9:51 PM

    Yes, Ben is back. In shape and ready to prove something. Now that he’s back, the Steelers can bring that other arm around and set things straight in the NFL. Prepare to get, “Lit Up”. That includes the game in Baltimore in early December.
    GO STEELERS!

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