Roethlisberger bristles at questions about whether he has it anymore

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Here’s one of the fun things about sports. And by “fun” I mean “something that wants me to rip the hair out of the thing that I paste to my bald scalp.”

It goes like this. Player performs poorly. Player then admits he played poorly. Reporters point out that: (1) he played poorly; and (2) he admitted that he played poorly. Player then gets upset with reporters.

The latest example of this dynamic is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw five interceptions on Sunday against the Jaguars and who then declared to the media, “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.”

During his Wednesday press conference, Roethlisberger fired back at those who noticed that he didn’t play well and that he then admitted he didn’t play well.

“They can question me,” Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I don’t question myself. . . . No offense to any of you guys, but it doesn’t matter to me how you guys question me or not or quote-on-quote professional talking heads.”

Of course, it’s Roethlisberger who questioned himself, just three days ago. And for good reason. He threw five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

Some players attributed the struggles of the offense to game planning, which pushes blame away from the players and toward the coaches. Coach Mike Tomlin said it’s not a game-planning problem, pushing blame away from the coaches and toward the players.

Regardless, the dysfunctional Steelers seem to have found unity in taking on the media. Roethlisberger was, we’re told, short with reporters on Wednesday. (He’s apparently miffed with ESPN because Stephen A. Smith went after Ben on Monday on First Take.)

Also, cameras were instructed at one point not to film Roethlisberger during the portion of practice that was open to the media, both by Roethlisberger himself and separately by offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Roethlisberger has been sitting out Wednesday practices; it will be interesting to see whether he puts in a full workload this Wednesday as the Steelers dedicate themselves to performing better on offense — and to taking on those who have dared to notice that, at times this year, they haven’t.

29 responses to “Roethlisberger bristles at questions about whether he has it anymore

  1. Big man gonna light it up on Sunday as he always does after one of these bad games. Chiefs gonna get the brunt of it this week and the entire narrative will change one again.

    The entire thing smell like vintage Roethlisberger!

  2. Poetic justice. If you can’t handle (well-deserved, as well as self-confirmed) public criticism, you shouldn’t publicly criticize every player on your team who ever made a mistake… Scum Bag.

  3. Cool, maybe he’ll stop mailing it in like he did on Sunday. Just don’t do it this week, Big Ben, because I had to pick the Chiefs to destroy you. Which they will.

  4. This is the end of the road for obese Ben.

    He’s about 40 pounds overweight, can’t move at all anymore and is too proud/stubborn to concede a sack or just throw a ball away. He loves to play hero ball and take big hits.

    His injuries are gonna get more frequent/severe and his performance is going to keep getting worse.

    If you want to play well as you age you need to dedicate your entire lifestyle to it like Brady, which mean’s putting down the double bacon cheeseburgers and fries and having a few salads.

  5. Remember when they were playing Luck for the first time. All the talk was about how great Luck was. Ben put up 6tds.

    gonna happen this weekend.

  6. Ben was the one that got the ball rolling on this. If he doesn’t like the questioning, he should remember who opened the door?! Getting harder to be a Steeler fan with all of this back and forth, me-first, and finger-pointing! They need to cool it, but at this point, who knows if they can?!

  7. He’s about 40 pounds overweight, can’t move at all anymore and is too proud/stubborn to concede a sack or just throw a ball away. He loves to play hero ball and take big hits.

    Just proves not all the dumb comments are from the media today.

  8. Ben is a big dumb oaf, I think we all know this. Maybe this will be a valuable lesson for him the shut up and take the Lynch approach to the media, something I would advise every single player to do as a head coach.

  9. Yeah blame the media for reporting on your own words. Where have we all seen and heard that before?!

  10. Roethlisberger is German for “plays very unevenly for many seasons at a time due to poor genes and addiction to burgers.”

  11. Remember when they were playing Luck for the first time. All the talk was about how great Luck was. Ben put up 6tds.

    gonna happen this weekend….

    Yeah Ben is very very effective on the road

  12. He was clearly being sarcastic when he said “maybe i dont have it anymore”. This is definitely being blown way out of proportion. Steelers win easily in KC this week. book it

  13. So the Steeler faithful, realistic as always, are predicting Ben will have a 6 TD performance on the road and win easily this week?

    Got it. Let’s check back in here Monday and see if that happens, or if Ben retires. I think the 2nd one is more likely.

  14. Just like last year, Ben will stick to his no touchdown policy v. KC. He gave us a preview of that last week when he appointed Boswell to do all the scoring.

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