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Roethlisberger takes blame for picks, but healing needed

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In the aftermath of the Steelers’ playoff-killing loss to the Bengals yesterday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was quick to take all the blame.

All of it.

“Nothing to talk about. You saw it. I threw it to them,” Roethlisberger said, via Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Asked about his feelings, he replied: “Disappointment. Pain. Letting a lot of people down.”

“We should be [going to the playoffs],” he said. “… if it wasn’t for me.”

The reality of the situation is, Roethlisberger and the Steelers have a lot of healing to do this offseason.

First and foremost, he needs to get well, as he clearly wasn’t the same player after his shoulder and rib injuries. In the first nine games, he threw 17 touchdowns, four interceptions, for a 100.0 rating and a 6-3 record. In the three games after coming back, it was six touchdowns, four picks, an ordinary 82.5 rating and an 0-3 record.

But in addition to the physical, he clearly needs to mend (or create) a relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

The two have went through ups and downs, which became public in recent weeks. And it’s hard to deny, as wide receiver Mike Wallace pointed out.

“You don’t have to like the people you work with,” Wallace said. “He doesn’t have to like Ben; Ben doesn’t have to like him. But we’re all on the same team, so we have to work together.”

And until they can get well and get on the same page, the Steelers are going to have more seasons which end in December, not the playoffs.

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37 Responses to “Roethlisberger takes blame for picks, but healing needed”
  1. duni423 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Drama Queen

  2. bonniebengal says: Dec 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    You all need to give some credit to the Bengals defense who played a HELL of a game.

  3. thestatsishere says: Dec 24, 2012 3:18 PM

    Good luck with working with Haley. He’s a great coach, but since their personalities clash, they are in trouble

  4. steelerrc says: Dec 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    Please!!!Someone hire Haley as their head coach!!! Please!!!

  5. pbenner13 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:25 PM

    Not sure why Mike Wallace is chiming in, he won’t be with the team next year anyway, as well as a few others… Mendenhall, Colon, maybe even Harrison.

    But Ben will be back and if we actually can put together a decent offensive line like Adams, DeCastro, Pouncey, Foster (or an upgrade through the draft), and Gilbert, then I expect a bounce back year. In my opinion Ben is one of the top QBs in the league, just a shade below Manning, Brees, Rodgers, and Brady but as a Steeler fan I also know he is a winner and that’s what matters the most.

  6. runwright44 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    I’m thinking Bruce Arians is smiling today.

  7. mrmidevil says: Dec 24, 2012 3:30 PM

    The sacks and non existent running game was not his fault. Think they need to clean house all around. Get rid of wallace the drop machine, mendenhall and his attitude and the coaches.

  8. djstat says: Dec 24, 2012 3:38 PM

    Ben had an attitude about Haley fromt he get go because he got his panties in a bunch since Bruce Arians got fired. Ben needs to grow up.

  9. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 3:40 PM

    Playoffs? Don’t talk about the playoffs! But in all seriousness, this team had chance once ousted by Tim Tebow last year. They were destined to fail. Will anyone even show up next week? What a lackluster season. Even in a Raven injury riddled season, they manage to earn a playoff birth. You must be proud Pittsburgh

  10. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    Playoffs? Don’t talk about the playoffs! But in all seriousness, this team had no chance once ousted by Tim Tebow last year. They were destined to fail. Will anyone even show up next week? What a lackluster season. Even with all the Raven injuries this season, they manage to earn a playoff birth. You must be proud Pittsburgh

  11. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    Ravens and Bengals will be fighting for the AFCN crown in the future. Browns and Pittsburgh will be fighting to stay out of the basement. What a joke Pittsburgh has become.

  12. tlmoon2112 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:51 PM

    Playoffs without the Steelers. Maybe the Mayans were right all along.

  13. ianwetpantscom says: Dec 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    Fire Tomlin, Colbert better ace this draft or your next! No free rides.

  14. msclemons67 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:04 PM

    bonniebengal says: Dec 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    You all need to give some credit to the Bengals defense who played a HELL of a game.

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    The Bengals DBs did a fantastic job of getting wide open so Ben could throw them the ball.

  15. firegoodell says: Dec 24, 2012 4:13 PM

    ravenator says:
    Dec 24, 2012 3:40 PM
    Playoffs? Don’t talk about the playoffs! But in all seriousness, this team had chance once ousted by Tim Tebow last year. They were destined to fail. Will anyone even show up next week? What a lackluster season. Even in a Raven injury riddled season, they manage to earn a playoff birth. You must be proud Pittsburgh

    5 10 i Rate This
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    two types of teams in the NFL – ones that win the super bowl and ones that don’t – before long the steelers and ravens and bengals – and 28 other teams will be the same….and remind me again ravenator…..are you 12? or 13? cause you only seem to crawl out of the woodwork when things are “good” – eagerly anticipating your lack of posts after the Ravens get eliminated from the playoffs – which they will

  16. legeisyaj says: Dec 24, 2012 4:26 PM

    Couldn’t happen to 2 better guys………

    Ben and Todd are perfect together.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:40 PM

    Todd Haley’s offense through 15 games has scored 312 points. Bruce Arians’ offense, the one Roethlisberger and the local media embrace with such love and affection, scored 312 points through 15 games last season.
    It’s all tied up, 312-312.
    In order to better last season’s final point total of a whopping 325, Roethlisberger will have to find a way to score more than THIRTEEN points in the regular-season finale against the Browns, who suffered a 2011 season-ending loss to the Steelers, 13-9.
    Yep, that “high-powered” Bruce Arians’ offense really set the bar high…
    It’s time for the Steelers to cut ties with a quarterback who is both mentally and physically fragile..

  18. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM

    The fact is that the Steelers would have been better off keeping Batch as the starter. He couldn’t have done any worse and Ben could have gotten 100% healthy for next year.

    Now he’s a physical mess and looks to be mentally shaken too.

    Tomlin should have known this year’s team wasn’t talented enough and there was too much instability-he should have focused on next year. By playing it this way he looks to be coaching for his job next year.

  19. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    What’s Pittsburgh to do now? A down year haha, next year will be no different

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 5:42 PM

    seamhereseamthere says:
    Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM
    The fact is that the Steelers would have been better off keeping Batch as the starter. He couldn’t have done any worse and Ben could have gotten 100% healthy for next year.

    Now he’s a physical mess and looks to be mentally shaken too.

    Tomlin should have known this year’s team wasn’t talented enough and there was too much instability-he should have focused on next year. By playing it this way he looks to be coaching for his job next year.

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    You obviously haven’t followed the steelers for very long or you would know the steelers take their time with coaches.
    Patience= Lombardi’s Ravenator take note.

  21. sportsmeccabi says: Dec 24, 2012 5:45 PM

    As someone who hates Pittsburgh and their fans, I hope they fire Tomlin.
    He’s one of the few coaches who actually adjusts to his teams strengths.

  22. jgammell2012 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:08 PM

    ravens are done pittsburgh will be back year after year they have one or two bad years and then 1o years good. Class organization from top to bottom

    Test

  23. pike573 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:21 PM

    Good thing the Steelers let Arians go to make room for Haley.

  24. steelernator says: Dec 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    Contrary to a post above, Ben does normally “score points”. The “offense” scores. Ben is not a running back, a wide receiver or an offensive lineman. Contrary to a repetitive opinion above, other people than Ben have to also perform. Yes, Ben had a poor game, but he wasn’t the only one. The offensive line got manhandled. Again, minimal running game. WRs were not open. But, some are so dumb and blind they can’t see or understand all the facts.

    Steelers will be back next year.

  25. ravensfan996 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:44 PM

    I’m amazed at how arrogant Steeler fans are. Its OK, down year this year, beat by the gimmick last year, face it, your guys lost, it happens. Amazing how you go at Ravens, and Ravens fans, but never take a real legitimate look at your own failings or short comings. I respect the grind of the Steelers team, but I cant stand you fans!!!

  26. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 7:56 PM

    An “elite” quarterback is a quarterback who throws lots of TD passes in a high-powered, point-producing offense that averages more than 23 points per career…
    Roethlisberger has been fortunate to have been supported by a defense that has been ranked No. 1 six times during his nine-year career.
    Being involved in (and winning) high-scoring shootouts usually has never been asked of Roethlisberger.
    Those are the cold, hard facts.

  27. melikefootball says: Dec 24, 2012 8:26 PM

    All the nay sayers here on the Steelers need to look at it as it is. They had a lot of very key injuries but were still dangerous. they don’t need to hang any heads, to many years they are right there at end of season. Many of us wish our team has been as competative.

  28. steelcurtainn says: Dec 24, 2012 8:30 PM

    Ben Should take blame for the picks. He was obviously was rusty when he came back from injury. Both the players,steeler nation, and the rest of the NFL, know this guy is a winner and he has 2 superbowl championships to prove it. He will bounce back and get the steelers to the show again,there is no doubt about it. Its an off year and the steelers will be back in the playoffs next year…..There is only going to be one winner anyways this year and we all know its not gonna be the ravens.

  29. citizenstrange says: Dec 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    The Steeler defense gave up 6 POINTS and in a HOME GAME Roethlisberger couldn’t come up with a win.

    That is beyond pathetic. I could easily name at least 25 quarterbacks who could have won that game for the Steelers.

  30. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Dec 25, 2012 12:27 AM

    Poor Benny wenny…always something wrong for him! You played and lost to the better team Sunday!

  31. dachozen1 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:16 AM

    Big Ben Steeler Nations still ride with you. Thanks to you, there are 6 trophies in that case. You will have left this organization better off than when you came. That is the biggest accomplishment a player can achieve. Pittsburgh has a 30 year drought and always had a top 5 defense. You were the missing piece to the puzzle that got Steelers 2 more SB. I’m not foolish to allow a game or 2 speak for your whole career.

  32. olcap says: Dec 25, 2012 6:04 AM

    Tomlin is the biggest problem with this team. As long as he is their head coach, the Steelers will further decay. This was the most undisciplined team in the league this season, and he is the reason why.

  33. freddieizzyb says: Dec 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    bonniebengal says:Dec 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    You all need to give some credit to the Bengals defense who played a HELL of a game
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    I think the steelers D play a little better. If it wasnt for Big Ben scoring Cincy’s only TD they would not have won.

  34. pabrownsfan says: Dec 25, 2012 10:03 AM

    BREAKING NEWS!
    Big Ben’s kid isnt getting anything for Christmas this year. Santa got intercepted before he could get them under the tree!

  35. slammer69 says: Dec 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    The three knuckleheads (HC,OC &QB) need to leave the drama off the field , growup and get busy. Or next season going to be the same results.

  36. randallflagg52 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:45 AM

    I love watching this team go down the drain, one heck of a christmas gift for the football world.

  37. arburton300 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    I’m a huge Steelers fan and yes I’m disappointed that the Steelers are not going to the playoffs. But only a little disappointed. Who really believed that with the injuries the Steelers had that we were going to make any real noise in the playoffs. We (and yes we) have been decimated with injuries the past to years and it really has taken it’s toll on us this year. The Steelers need to take this time off to really heal and take advantage of their draft position. Our number one priority this off season has to be our secondary. If we can get lucky and find that much needed defensive back, I feel that we will be right back in the thick of things next year.

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