Ben Roethlisberger: Maybe I don’t have it anymore

AP

After throwing a career-worst five interceptions, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said what many wrote on social media after the Steelers’ 30-9 loss to the Jaguars.

“Maybe I don’t have it anymore,” Roethlisberger said, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media.

Asked what he meant, Roethlisberger said, “I’m not playing well enough.”

That certainly was the truth Sunday as he didn’t give the Steelers a chance. Linebacker Telvin Smith returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown, and safety Barry Church followed a series later with a 52-yard return for a score.

64 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Maybe I don’t have it anymore

  1. So maybe those comments about retirement before the season were not as bogus as some beleived…

  2. Parcells was right: if you are even thinking about retirement in football, then you are already there…

  3. As someone who has always made fun of Ben and loves to hate our cross state rival, I really find this sad. You can’t deny his talent and what he did for his football team over the years. Two Super Bowl championships and perhaps the greatest throw in Super Bowl history. Really #sad! to see him fall off a cliff like this.

  4. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, why don’t you do what you do to the other players on your team and call yourself out.

    I love the Steelers but I’m close to being done with Roethlisberger.

  5. What a stupid thing to say. It’s in season, stop talking. Next year you can quit, shut your blubber hole for now and play. Age doesn’t make you throw INTs, stupidity does.

  6. That’s putting it mildly. But, something needs to be said about the pathetic performance of the players around him. Tomlin let’s the inmates run the asylum and it shows up on game day. These guys put forth no effort and think they’ll just show up and/or turn it on and roll over teams. Then they get embarrassed and wonder what happened. You guys are not that good.

  7. Considering he was talking retirement and now saying this, he seems done physically, mentally, or both.

  8. Big Ben is a HOF QB, but he has looked old this year. Steelers probably need to draft a QB in the first couple of rounds next year.

  9. He still has it but today was a failure on many fronts, not just his. Both pick-sixes came from tipped/deflected balls. A third came when Juju fell down on the route. The only receiver capable of getting open was AB, and that was only on deep in-routes.

    Why in the world did they have 1st and goal from the 5 and decide to throw it 3 times?! Coordinator fail. Team loss. -Jags fan

  10. For years he embellished physical injuries, now he’s looking for pity on a mental state…Why else would a professional athlete say such a thing?

  11. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Paging Dr Rydze…

    🙂

    —-

    You mean like your crush Brady with his Hgh clinic ?

  12. This is ben playing “wounded” to lull Kansas City into relaxing all week.

    Seen it before.

  13. He looked fine the first 2 weeks of the season. Roethlisberger is HOF QB, bad games happen and he is still easily the best QB in the AFCN. Maybe dealing with the infants on the roster is dragging him down. In any case someone has to win that putrid division, don’t start shoveling the dirt in quite yet.

  14. I am not going to pile on. He has two rings and a career to envy. Gave the Steelers stability at a key position for over a decade. And is a genuine competitor. He is not my favorite QB but only an idiot would deny his achievements. Eventually all things end, that’s all.

  15. Parcells was right: if you are even thinking about retirement in football, then you are already there…

    Chuck Noll was the first to say that.

  16. if you dont think ben is still an elite qb you dont know football.

    when your coach’s game plan is to throw 55+ times against the best passing d in the league and run 15 times against that same d that is #32 against the run, you have no chance of winning.

    The coaching staff’s job is to put your team in a position to win. Playing right into your opponent’s strength by throwing extremely short passes and screens all day long is a disservice to everyone associated with this organization.

    BEN AND THE PLAYERS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. POOR COACHING IS THE PRIMARY REASON THIS TEAM CANNOT AND WILL NOT WIN A SUPER BOWL UNLESS IT CAN SECURE HOME FIELD THROUGHOUT.

    THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE FACTS; NOT OPINIONS

  17. Just retire, Ben. You had a good career as a second-tier QB and you’ll probably sneak into the Hall of Fame at some point. Be happy with that.

  18. I blame Tomlin. He doesn’t seem to have control of his possee anymore. The Steelers have always had “a team first” culture but Tomlin has let his team become meeeeeeeeeeeeeemeeeeeeeeeeeeemeeeeeeeeeee

  19. Sigh…I mentioned this last week. That it is Ben holding this team back. And if the Ownership is watching they can save the tremendous talent on this team by strongly considering a change at the top. No in game adjustments, laying down to teams you’re suppose to beat. No Excuse. None.

  20. He took a lot of criticism a couple of weeks back, but I see why Antonio Brown went off a couple of weeks ago. Ben was talking a lot about retirement in the offseason. Now he’s having a terrible season. I’m pretty sure AB questions his commitment. I do too.

  21. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    October 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm
    Paging Dr Rydze…

    🙂

    29 17 Rate This

    You’ve been pretty quiet all year, good to see you lol. I kinda miss all your hoopla over the Patriots, but they seem to be sucking as well. Oh, you seem to like this rhetoric, I believe Rodney Harrison admitted to using PEDs. I guess it takes a cheater to know a cheater. 🙂

  22. The constant self-adulation of Bell, Brown and Ben is a bit much to take. If I hear one more time about this “lethal” offense that can’t score 20 points when it matters I’m going to upchuck on my laptop.

  23. Sounds about Rite … Big Ben would turn into Minature Ben when you face the NFL’s Best Secondary … Go Jaguars !!!

  24. Also for all of those people saying the Steelers layed down and put no effort and blaming them and Tomlin … That’s horse manire … Your Steelers were at home riding high with a 3-1 record … What happened is my Jaguars went in to Heinz field … Limited the Steeler run game and Lock down the passing game which all commenters refered to the Recieveing core of Steelers being so amazingly elite … Jaguars shut you guys down and made a statement … Period … We have the Best Secondary in the League and our D overall is Top 5 … You want to choose to blame the Steelers foe not showing up then do so … We imposed our will on your team point blank … Go Jaguars !!!

  25. Should’ve gone with your first thought to retire after last season. You don’t have the heart for it anymore. The burning fire to be the best is gone. Poof

  26. BR said he was thinking of retiring earlier this year and it looks like it has. So much for the Kneeler fans thinking that this team was the most talented in the league and a lock for SB. ROFLMAO!!

  27. Instead of being a drama queen and throwing in the towel,how about responding with “we’re on to Kansas City”? If his teammates feel like he’s quitting on them after one bad game,they will certainly not respect him. He has to put this game in the rear view mirror and work on correcting things. However,the Jag’s D is no joke…

  28. Whether or not he still has it is a mute point, the Steelers need to realize that at this point, he can’t be the focal point of the offense. The fact is, he is better than the QB of the 2 teams we lost to.

    So, more runs, more small ball, occasional long ball and playing disciplined defense.

  29. Ben loves to poor-mouth. He had one of the best seasons of his career last year, and I doubt he’s declined that much in his off time. His skills are fine. Either he’s genuinely tired of the game, or this is the emotional equivalent of limping off the field only to come back and save the day. Now rather than feigning an injury, he’s claiming he’s lost the will to win … but will come out slinging next week.

  30. Deb says:
    October 8, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    Ben loves to poor-mouth. He had one of the best seasons of his career last year, and I doubt he’s declined that much in his off time. His skills are fine. Either he’s genuinely tired of the game, or this is the emotional equivalent of limping off the field only to come back and save the day. Now rather than feigning an injury, he’s claiming he’s lost the will to win … but will come out slinging next week.

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    Deb, good see a post from you, I haven’t seen one for a long time, since the early days I think when Turd Watch was the main reason to visit PFT. Your posts were always worth reading. But, does he really feign injuries? That I find hard to believe. As a Pats fan I have a good deal of respect for Ben.

  31. Big Bum never really did have “it.” He was deaf, dumb, and blind lucky to get drafted by a Steeler team with Dick LeBeau and the #1 defense in the entire NFL that could carry him on its back and hand him seven or eight 13-9 wins every year while everyone raved about how “clutch” Big Bum was.

    Big Bum had a 22 quarterback rating in his 1st Super Bowl against the Seahawks and yet the Steelers won because of a 1) the incredible Steeler defense holding the Seahawks to 10 points 2) A record setting 75-yard touchdown run by Fast Willie Parker 3) A beautiful 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward. Big Bum did nothing but drag the Steelers down but yet they still won.

    In what everyone considers the ultimate clutch performance of Big Bum’s career — Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals — Big Bum threw a pick at his own 30 with 2 minutes to go in the first half that was erased by James Harrison’s AMAZING 100-yard interception return touchdown in what was essentially a 14-point play. The Steelers lose without that play by Harrison. And even with that play it took a last second miracle touchdown pass by Big Bum to reach 20 POINTS against a Cardinal defense that was 26th in the NFL. Without that last second miracle play Big Bum gets 13 points and is just as big of a goat as he was in his first Super Bowl.

    The in the Super Bowl against the Packers Big Bum threw a pick six — first pump faking to a receiver and then after the pump fake that drew in the defensive back actually throwing to that SAME receiver — and then seconds later throwing ANOTHER pick to give the Packers a short field and a 20-3 lead and that was all she wrote.

    Without Dick LeBeau and the Steelers #1 NFL defense Big Bum is just J.P. Losman. That’s just how good Big Bum is.

  32. Brady talks like he wants to play till 45, Ben talks about retirement. Anyone see a difference in passion and attitude?

  33. @itsfootballfolks …

    Thank you for the kind words. I don’t think Ben poor-mouths as much as some do. He’s a tough guy who has played through a lot of serious injuries. But he does sometimes make small things sound bigger than they are. Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part to believe he’s poor-mouthing this time. It bothers me to think he’s really losing his passion for the game. Let’s hope it’s just the emotions of a bad day.

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