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Tomlin not concerned about Ben’s ankle

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stands with head coach Mike Tomlin in San Francisco Reuters

It’s a common theme in Pittsburgh, at least in recent years.  The starting quarterback expresses concern about an injury, and the head coach disagrees.

It first happened after the 2004 AFC title game, when then-rookie Ben Roethlisberger said he played with two broken toes.  Then-coach Bill Cowher said that the more accurate number was zero.

And so it’s no surprise that, on the same day Roethlisberger generated headlines by saying he suffered a setback to his sprained ankle on Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland, coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the situation.

Told that Roethlisberger puts his ankle at a five on the always-reliable one-to-10 scale, Tomlin said, “I’m not worried about how he feels right now.  Hopefully, he’s not a ‘five’ on Sunday.  I doubt he will be.”

Though Tomlin could simply be doing what NFL coaches ordinarily do — i.e., telling something other than the truth about injured players — it’s impossible to ignore the possibility that Ben is simply milking this one for all it’s worth, notwithstanding the fact that he impressed everyone by playing with the injury last month against the Browns in Pittsburgh, and by trying to play with the injury against the 49ers in Pittsburgh’s next game.

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  1. factoryofsadness says: Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.

  2. doggz109 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:15 AM

    Denver is going to send you guys packing. Come on Tebow….don’t let me or my wallet down (got 1k on my Broncos).

  3. spellingcops says: Jan 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    factoryofsadness says: Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.
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    I’m sure you haven’t heard this HERE first, but you’re an idiot. Tomlin is a top 5 head coach (if not top 2 or 3). You obviously have “Browns” colored glasses on. Just for the record, I freaking hate the Steelers.

  4. otis52gsh says: Jan 5, 2012 9:19 AM

    He should be, as should the fans. Denver will be no cake walk. Pit should win, but don’t take Denver lightly, or you will be done early.

  5. toegoat says: Jan 5, 2012 9:21 AM

    Tomlin is far from “being out the door next yr” u heard THAT here first.

  6. steeldude says: Jan 5, 2012 9:23 AM

    Ben almost had his ankle broken but is still playing yet he is milking it. Any other QB would have been out for the year.

  7. caseynthonymunoz says: Jan 5, 2012 9:23 AM

    Ben will toughen out this ankle injury just like has done in the past with other injuries, he is a warrior. I do think the offenses will be a non issue, this will be a defensive battle to the end.

  8. ziggy26 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:23 AM

    Oh, I don’t know what Mike Tomlin has done.

    How about four trips to the playoffs in five years as head coach. Three 12 win seasons. Three AFC North titles. Over .500 in all five years. A 55-25 overall record. A 5-2 playoff record. Two trips to the Superbowl. One Lombardi Trophy.

    Yeah, he should definitely be fired. Most other teams have won at least two Super Bowls in the last five year.

  9. sudz28 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    “Tomlin not concerned about Ben’s ankle”

    What else is new? It’s pretty clear he hasn’t been concerned about it since it was injured. Starting him in the game against San Fran only underscored the notion. If he was concerned about it (like he should be), he’d have sat Ben against San Fran AND the Rams AND the Browns – and only be starting him this week IF he’s mended.

  10. dimitry1212 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    dear factory
    he won a SB and made it to another one…please go away

  11. paulieorkid says: Jan 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    I love Tomlin and wouldn’t trade him for any coach in the league, but his lack of concern for Ben’s ankle has created some real problems.

    Ben’s play has been atrocious since the injury in week 14 v. Cleveland. Ben can’t extend plays, can’t get out of his own way, can’t step into his throws leading to wildly errant throws that sail, etc.

    Memo to Coach Tomlin: Next time you have a choice between having a healthy fresh Ben rolling into the playoffs – or – this severely compromised version —> please make the OBVIOUS choice.

  12. goinghamonit128 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    @factoryofsadness

    That could be one of the dumber things I have ever heard. He’s only 1-1 in Super Bowls since he took the team over.

  13. icyhuckh20 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:31 AM

    big Ben is always making things more than what it is .He is a full blown Deva& drama king

  14. bray72 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:31 AM

    @factoryofsadness

    I suspect your handle says it all. Your team probably is not usually near the playoffs EVERY YEAR and you can’t recognize an excellent coach (who is generally regarded as such throughout the league.)

    I’ll bet he is in Pittsburgh and coaching playoff teams for 15+ years. Get your head out of your a** son.

  15. jimmysee says: Jan 5, 2012 9:31 AM

    Roethlisberger played a gallant game against the Browns — but his ankle certainly affected his mobility and his play.

    Tomlin is living in a state of denial if he really is “not concerned.”

  16. 700levelvet says: Jan 5, 2012 9:34 AM

    As long as Ben’s unit isn’t hanging outside his pants, as he trolls college bars, Tomlin has no cause for concern…..

  17. ziggy26 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:34 AM

    otis52gsh says: Jan 5, 2012 9:19 AM

    He should be, as should the fans. Denver will be no cake walk. Pit should win, but don’t take Denver lightly, or you will be done early.
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    I’m sure Tomlin is concerned about the Broncos. He’s not concerned about his QB’s ankle. There is a difference you know.

  18. karla36 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:34 AM

    Of course Tomlin’s not concerned about Ben’s “injury.” He knows, like the rest of us, that Ben is setting it up so he looks like a hero if the Stillers win and has an excuse if they lose. This is Ben’s mantra and everyone is finally catching on. Now if we can just get Cris Collinsworth on board…

  19. winkeroni says: Jan 5, 2012 9:35 AM

    I’m sure he’s a little concerned. Not to take anything away from Tebow, but without the way the Broncos have gotten to the qb and played all around good defense they don’t make the play offs. Those Broncos can get after the quarterback.

  20. thefnlimit says: Jan 5, 2012 9:36 AM

    doggz109 says:Jan 5, 2012 9:15 AM

    Denver is going to send you guys packing. Come on Tebow….don’t let me or my wallet down (got 1k on my Broncos).
    ______________________________

    Wish I had your wallet, sounds like you have money to burn…

  21. thefnlimit says: Jan 5, 2012 9:37 AM

    factoryofsadness says:Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.
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    Tomlin out the door? That’s just stupid. Yes a talented team but it’s not like they are the only talented team out there. Did you expect them to win every Super Bowl? Tomlin is as safe as it gets.

  22. pghguyy says: Jan 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    Sometimes sprains feel worse than breaks. Hard to say if bens embelishing this one.

  23. Mike Tomlin says: Jan 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    Maybe you heard about this little thing called a Super Bowl Ring? Yeah, getting one of those usually gets you some recognition. Pittsburgh has had 3 head coaches since 1969, so based on a 18-year average for Noll and Cowher, Tomlin should be “out the door” sometime around 2025.

  24. mistakeonthelake says: Jan 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    I’m not sure why you lay this inconsistency at Tomlin’s feet. Although there are coaches that will fudge the injury report (i.e. Brent Celek playing with an undisclosed sports hernia, Tom Brady’s perpetual shoulder injury…) the consistent variable in this story is Ben. Both Cowher and Tomlin have had to ‘amend’ his statements. Even in your original story about Ben’s supposed set back you have a witness that the limp that wasn’t seen in the game magically appeared when he walked past the ESPN cameras. The bottom line is that Ben is a lying egomaniac that has to have everyone fawning over him at all times…which is exactly what you would expect from a serial rapist.

  25. vegaskid21 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    Title of this story should be changed to: “Tomlin not concerned about Broncos offence”

  26. lichnor says: Jan 5, 2012 9:40 AM

    I wasn’t impressed with him playing against the niners. Should have sat his ass down and given his team a chance to win. He is nothing without his mobility.

  27. steelbydesign says: Jan 5, 2012 9:41 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition?
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    55-25 Reg season record
    5-2 in the postseason
    2 AFC Championships
    1 Superbowl ring

    3 Division wins in 5 seasons

    He was smart enough to know that the guys he had and the system in place was working. So he kept it, you can say that’s not his team but it’s called being smart…

    Just look at Tomlin first draft with Pittsburgh…
    1. Lawrence Timmons (starter)
    2. Lamarr Woodley (elite starter)
    3. Matt Spaeth (decent #2 TE in Chicago)
    4. Dan Sepulveda (was a starter, injury bug)
    4. Ryan Mcbeam (solid starter in Denver)
    5. Cameron Stephenson (miss)
    6. William Gay (starter)
    7. Dallas Baker (miss)

  28. steelers1981 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:41 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM
    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.
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    You mean the talented team that was 8-8 the year before Tomlin took over?

  29. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 5, 2012 9:41 AM

    “notwithstanding the fact that he impressed everyone by playing with the injury last month…”

    uh – what? what’s your definition of everyone? cause maybe you aren’t paying attention but I’d wager probably half the commentors on this sight are impressed by anything this slimyterd does.

  30. rmc1995 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:46 AM

    Tomlin is a great coach. He knows his team is vulnerable with Ben in the pocket and a hurt ankle, and so do the Broncos. Ben is going to see blitzes with or without the ankle, but with a hurt ankle the game plan can include blitzes from behind the zero and one technique without worrying Ben will escape to the outside and extend the play. Tomlin knows he’s going to get pressure from the outside. But he doesn’t want a steady blitz package coming between the guards where its not as easy to help with a TE. He’ll have to keep a running back in to block as well.

  31. be1078 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:49 AM

    Doggz109 you must have alot of Money to throw away! 1k on tebow! Ok, I have 1k on big Ben out plays t-blow with his one leg!

  32. buzzedlitebeer says: Jan 5, 2012 9:52 AM

    I don’t hate any NFL team. I like all of them.

  33. rr2000k says: Jan 5, 2012 9:52 AM

    Once again, Jenny is playing the drama queen.

  34. clamnewton says: Jan 5, 2012 9:56 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM
    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.

     
    My fondness for the Steelers ranks somewhere between rush-hour traffic and visiting the dentist, but even I must admit Tomlin is one of the best coaches out there. I actually really like the guy. Ryan Clark has a better chance of being traded to Denver than Tomlin does of being fired.

  35. dexterismyhero says: Jan 5, 2012 9:59 AM

    Tomlin is not a top 2 or 3 or 5 coach.

    BTW: steelersownyou will be rubbing Ben’s ankle from now until kickoff so he should play……

  36. nesuperfan says: Jan 5, 2012 9:59 AM

    Personally, I think they should sit Roethlisberger this weekend unless it is clear they are on path to defeat. He is clearly very banged up, and needs to get healthy, in my opinion, to have a real shot at beating the Patriots or Ravens.

    They should rest him against the only team they really have a shot at beating without him, Denver. Do you play him, and win now against the Broncos, but almost certainly lose later? Or do you risk losing earlier in the playoffs, but still probably win, and put yourself in a better position to win next week?

    I think I know how NFL coaches and players think, and I doubt they will sit him if he can walk, but I still think they should, and that it would give them the best chance at the ultimate goal.

  37. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 5, 2012 10:01 AM

    That was an idiotic statement. I hate the Steelers. But I respect them because they come to play every game and go all out. Tomlin brings that out of them. He’s a great coach.

  38. bbrophy1 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:07 AM

    Ben is probably just looking for a day off from practice and Tomlin is justifying the denial of that request.

  39. southpaw2k says: Jan 5, 2012 10:09 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition? He took over a talented team and even though they have done well, they have under-performed with the players they have. Don’t be surprised when Tomlin finds his way out the door next year. You heard it HERE first.

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    Here’s the answer to your question:

    1. The Steelers have been to two Super Bowls under Tomlin as head coach, winning one of them.

    2. The Steelers have been to the playoffs in 4 of Tomlin’s 5 seasons as head coach, winning the division 3 times during that span.

    3. The Steelers’ combined record under Tomlin is 55-25, a winning percentage of .687, with no single season record finishing worse than 9-7.

    If those three points aren’t enough to support Tomlin staying as head coach in Pittsburgh for a very long time, I don’t know what would be enough.

  40. tkebean says: Jan 5, 2012 10:14 AM

    Tomlin isn’t concerned because this week is just a warm up game for their real game next week. Can’t wait to see how many interceptions and fumbles the Steelers D gets since Tebow is going to be more aggressive and “pull the trigger”. Tebow is going to be crying in his bible after this one.

  41. explosionsauce says: Jan 5, 2012 10:15 AM

    Of course he’s not concerned about it. He’ll just play him injured like in San Fran.

  42. bosko6266 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:16 AM

    UH Mr factoryofsadness has never coached or played football. Somtimes thats the hardest thing to do is take over a good team with vet that think they no it all .Not to metion he older than a few players.

  43. ravenator says: Jan 5, 2012 10:17 AM

    Stupid decision to play him vs browns. Tomlin is the reason for ben’s setback.

  44. coderacer says: Jan 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    Ben exaggerates his injuries to the point of annoyance. He is by far, the most open professional athlete as far as expressing what injuries or pain he has/is feeling at any point in time.

    Great QB no doubt, but such a drama queen.

  45. ottograham says: Jan 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    @factoryofsadness

    quit smoking sherm I believe its bad for your health. Tomlin isnt going anywhere anytime soon. You heard that hear definitely not for the first time. And quit saying you heard it hear first. It makes you sound like a repetitive toolbag.

  46. piratefreedom says: Jan 5, 2012 10:49 AM

    Most players hide injuries by hiding them

    Ben’s method is being such a drama queen cry baby that if he was hurt (by pro football standards) everyone will just think it is more limping for the cameras.

  47. 3octaveFart says: Jan 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    factoryofsadness says: Jan 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    What has Mike Tomlin ever done as a head coach to get all this recognition?
    ——

    For starters, how about 4 playoff appearances in his first five years, including two Super Bowls…

  48. pravin68 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    Tomlin is in a long line of coaches with outdated neanderthal thinking. Oh if the QB can play, then play him. What about thinking strategically for the long term instead of a short term fix? If you played Batch in the Browns game, the Steelers are better off whether they get the bye or not. Ben would have gotten 2 or 3 weeks of rest making that ankle condition a whole lot better. In the case of playing Ben , you are talking about a week less in either case. It’s not like the chances of Batch losing the game to a team like the Browns compared to Ben is a whole lot less especially when that probability factor is mitigated by the chances that Bengals had to beat the Ravens.

  49. CKL says: Jan 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    All Tomlin said is that he’s not worried about how BR feels NOW. Point being that it will change by Sunday. I think some people are reading too much into his comment.

  50. 700levelvet says: Jan 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    i think factoryof sadness……set all the yinzers up here…..but they bit………too funny…………morons…….too damn funny…..

  51. holeinone09 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:47 AM

    Ben is probably ready to throw for 300+ yards and 3 TDs this weekend. Don’t worry.

  52. weepingjebus says: Jan 5, 2012 11:51 AM

    Does this guy ever stop talking about his epic struggles with month old injuries? It’s an ankle sprain. Even your own coach doesn’t think it’s a big deal. And newsflash, the HOF does not have a hypocondriacs wing.

  53. johntonioholmes says: Jan 5, 2012 12:06 PM

    “it’s impossible to ignore the possibility that Ben is simply milking this one for all it’s worth…”

    I don’t think he needs to considering how high ankle sprains work.

    If a player suffers one in game one, he normally sits out for 2 weeks, comes back for one half, sits out another week, plays a game and a half, re-aggravates it…plays the rest of the season at a diminished capacity.

    It’s the most nagging injury.

    It’s clear that it’s affecting his play, too. He was in the midst of a gem in the first game against Cleveland, and then he got injured and came back and put too much air under his passes.

    Ben overthrows Wallace on the deep ball a lot, but he normally nails the 20-25 yard strikes with impressive precision. He’s been overthrowing those every time now.

  54. ottograham says: Jan 5, 2012 12:08 PM

    @700levelvet

    prett ysure there are multiple users who have commented here that are not Steeler fans. And what about defending your opinion, compared to an idiotic statement, is biting? You sound like a 12 year old behind the monitor. Hate to burst your bubble but not all of us are yinzers in Pittsburgh and are actually more educated than most outher cities in this country. #Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, etc… get on our level you worm.

  55. johntonioholmes says: Jan 5, 2012 12:09 PM

    piratefreedom

    Yes, except that the MRI confirmed a high ankle sprain, which is possibly the most nagging of all injuries.

  56. dachozen1 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:09 PM

    I think Mike Tomlin has shown he is not concerned about Ben’s ankle. He has proven that by sending him out on the field when Ben couldnt play over and over.

  57. johntonioholmes says: Jan 5, 2012 12:14 PM

    steelbydesign

    I agree with your list I just want to clarify something: Timmons’ year wasn’t so great because he played OLB for several games. But don’t be fooled: He’s elite. He was the best ILB in the league last year, which is why their Run D was so potent.

    Blockers could not get off of him when they made it to the second level. Most of the time, they couldn’t even get on him, so he would end up making the tackle.

  58. varnbo says: Jan 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    Dramaberger is a warrior no doubt about it, however, he’s from time to time like the girlfriend who always makes the claim she’s being ignored in order to be the center of attention.

    That being said, come playoff time the guy is money, and the stillers are fortunate to have him.

  59. roddytorock84 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:33 PM

    Living in pittsburgh I have been saying ben exaggerates all his injuries constantly. Especially when there is a big game coming up. ever since the “broken toes” thing I’ve called it. For the record he is not even a good qb. Average is all id say for him. 21 tds 14 ints just screams mediocrity. He had 1 good season were he threw over 30 tds but other than that he sucks on a good TEAM

  60. infectorman says: Jan 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    @nesuperfan
    They should rest him against the only team they really have a shot at beating without him, Denver.

    *******************************************

    Kinda a blanket statement there from a NE Homer.
    Remember, it wasn’t Dennis Dixon and/or the Steeler Offense that had the primary role in defeating our Pats earlier this year, it was the PITT defense and alot of press coverage and pressure on Brady.
    If BB/Obrien doesn’t account for that and make the necessary adjustments, we’ll be in for another long afternoon should Pitt come Foxboro.

    You bet there is a BIG drop-off from Dixon to Ben…..but the Steelers are a well balanced club with an evil defense and can give the Pats mucho trouble

  61. lombardisixpack says: Jan 5, 2012 12:57 PM

    You people that just blurt out stupidity on here kill me. As stated, Tomlin is going no where, unless you mean after the Super Bowl win going to Disney World. Also as stated before me, clearly with his record he has proven great worth. A lot of coaches on good teams go full careers with out a Super Bowl appearance. He has 2 in five years and one ring already.

    I am not sure what to think about Ben’s statement. The high ankle sprain has kept more than a couple players in this league, out of more than one game this year alone. Also his history of playing injured is real, and makes him a warrior. Does, or has he embellished here and there, maybe, I cannot be sure. That being said, he is still the toughest QB in the league and one of the best also. I would take a tough player that comes to play week in week out, and is capable of winning the big game, over most of the so called elite QB’s that have great numbers but cannot get to or win the Big game. That is after all what the game is played for. Even the great Dan Marino, got to but could not win the big game. No doubt he had more talent than Terry Bradshaw, but Bradshaw played huge and came through in the big game like no other. YOU DOUBTERS AND HATERS SIT BACK AND SEE HOW MANY MORE TIMES BEN DOES THIS, BEFORE HE HANGS UP HIS CLEATS AND YOU IMBECILES HAVE LITTLE OR NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT. That, ( you mental midgets being silent) will be a great day for humanity, also anyone who has the brain capacity above that of a gnat.

    Go STEELERS the Quest for 7 has begun.

  62. ottograham says: Jan 5, 2012 1:23 PM

    I notice a decent amount of you take Bens injuries for granted. Sure, you may be tired of hearing about them, but does that make them any less real? Big tree fall hard and he goes down more times than I care to watch. He is gonn retire in the near future with health like this. Then all Steeler fans who dont like Ben will begin to realize how much of an asset he is and continues to be season after season.

    Enjoy it while hes playing.

  63. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 5, 2012 2:01 PM

    steeldude….seriously???? you are just a mindless follower of the Steelers apparently. he had the most MILD ankle sprain possible of course he’s milking it and faking it! he has to to be able to explain why he’s making horrible choices. bathroom Ben will never change this is how he’s been his whole career.

  64. nesuperfan says: Jan 5, 2012 2:31 PM

    infectorman, YOU talk about homers? I doubt the prevailing expert opinion would be the Steelers winning without Ben…no matter how balanced you think they are.

    The Steelers barely (8 points) beat NE on your turf with a healthy Roethlisberger. They just barely beat the likes of powerhouse Cleveland, and this time, you would face NE at home, where your guys have had just SO MUCH success.

  65. ottograham says: Jan 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    @nesuperfan

    thanks for you input. now we see things for how they are. enjoy your week off and try not to tape our practices (or any teams for that matter) with this time to rest… do the right thing.

    but then again youre all from Boston. a town known for integrity and honesty… hope you understand sarcasm.

  66. geezohman says: Jan 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    check out the other sports media outlets.. its a consensus, that Tomlin played Ben appropriately as if the Ravens had lost any of those games, Stillers needed the win to get the #2 bye. If I recall, Batch did just fine playing in his place.

    Ben plays with a lot of injuries.. like the time he had his nose broken.. kept playing..

    whereas.. like in chicago… the QB hurts his finger and comes out.

    heck even Colt McCoy tried to keep playing saying to the coach he’s fine..

    as for the guy way up in the comment section about placing a grand on Broncos.. yeah.. you got money to burn… or just plain a ‘gambler’… Hope you have money for the kids school meals..your mortgage.. your car payment, your internet bill.. then again.. hope you don’t pay your internet so we don’t have to read your stupid posts

  67. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jan 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    We maybe overlooking something my solid Steel brethern. And that is the possibility that he gets hammered in Sunday’s game and really really further injures the ankle and goes off on a golf cart. Denver D will be coming after him with fire and brimstone. Let’s see our O-line put on a stellar performance and keep #7′s colors nice and clean the whole game. We will need him in round 2 !

  68. tatum064 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:27 PM

    i think it could be a game the Steelers defense has to win , rather than the offense. Keep Tebow in the pocket, then throw that zone blitz. He simply winds up, and gets the ball knocked out of his hand due to mechanics. (Bills scored a td on that). I bet Pittsburgh can get exactly one score or turnover on just such a play – he winds up, he’s a lefty, he turns his back as he is rolling, and doesn’t have the gun to throw from the positions he releases at.

    But if he runs and gets to the second level, watch out. This could be a closer game then a lot of people think.

  69. pravin68 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:41 PM

    What gets me about TOmlin is how he let Ben dictate whether to play or not. No player not named Cutler will ever say they won’t play. Tomlin is a good coach. BUt like I said, just because he won a SB doesnt mean he possesses a wisdom beyond his young age. He showed immense foolishness going for a marginal increase in probability of improving the seeding of his team with a hobbled Ben and making him further hobbled in the process and drastically affecting the chances of winning more than one or two playoff games

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