Big Ben says he’s not allowed to check to a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak

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In Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, the Steelers twice got stopped on fourth-and-1. On both plays, there appeared to be room in the middle of the line for Ben Roethlisberger to run a quarterback sneak for a yard. So why didn’t he?

Roethlisberger says he isn’t allowed to check out of the play that offensive coordinator Todd Haley calls and go to a quarterback sneak instead, even if he can see by the way the defense lines up that he’ll get the first down.

On his radio show this morning, Roethlisberger said it’s head coach Mike Tomlin’s call not to give him the freedom to audible at the line of scrimmage to a quarterback sneak.

“I have asked for it. I am fine with it. If they want to call it, I’m all for it,” Roethlisberger said, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

After the loss to the Jaguars, Tomlin defended the decision not to run the quarterback sneak, saying the Jaguars are good at stopping it and that Tomlin was comfortable with the plays called. But to have a veteran franchise quarterback like Roethlisberger and not even give him the authority to call a quarterback sneak is odd. The Steelers might have won that game if they’d picked up those two fourth down conversions. Roethlisberger should have had the authority to make the best call.

135 responses to “Big Ben says he’s not allowed to check to a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak

  1. I loathe that beedy eyed head coach. The only thing that saves him is that his team is usually superior to the team they play. Their problem is arrogance and they got that smashed in their face by a weaker team that decided they had nothing to lose.

  2. 2x superbowl winning, 35 year old franchise quarterback, and he’s saying he’s not allowed to do something?! Do it anyways – he’s the QB and its his offense, what are they going to do..cut him?

  3. If people don’t realize how poor of a coach Tomlin is after this game, there is no hope for them.

  4. Apparently he is allowed to air Steelers dirty laundry in public. Seems like changes should be in order. Priorities seem to be out of whack in the three rivers area.

  5. Tomlin won the lottery when Pittsburgh hired him. Most teams would have fired him years ago. Tomlin and Todd Haley should be shown the door. You have to pick up centimeters on 4th down and you run a sweep to the short side of the field that requires your running back to gain 7 yards? Lol.

  6. The only people who are surprised are those who only watch Steeler highlights. However, if you’ve ever watched a game it is obvious this coaching staff is below the standard.

  7. How is he not allowed to? Someone with his success should be able to audible out whenever he feels like it. I think hes done with Haley, and doesnt care about being politically correct now

  8. Hey, Mike is the HC. What does a possible HOF QB know about whether he can pick up a yard or two on the ground. After all, he’s only standing at the line, right in the middle of the action, not on the side-line 20 yards away.

  9. Grow a pair and call it in the huddle. Geez, no wonder you guys lost to the Jaguars twice. Mommy and Daddy told little Benny to make his bed, wash his hands, and don’t check to a QB sneak.

  10. while everyone is talking about Patriots QB, Coach and owner issues, Big Ben throws his Right under the Bus. That’s what internal turmoil will get ya, a seat on the couch Sunday.

  11. on a previous post someone said that Ben has outgrown this coaching staff. this is a pure example of it. this coaching staff does not recognize that their qb should be given liberties based on his previous success. its not like ben is bortles or tyrod taylor. this is an accomplished qb who should be able to audible at any given time.

  12. Big Ben should be allowed to do what he wants. He’s been in the league long enough to call his own plays and make the changes to qb sneak if he has too. That’s a problem that needs fixing and should have never been like that.

  13. Not a surprise. Arians was let go for one reason … he exposed Ben to too much punishment. The message was clear from top to bottom … Franchise quarterbacks come along once in a long time, and letting him get continually beat up is unacceptable.

    This policy is probably a bit of an over reaction, but I remember when he as the most sacked QB in football. Getting punched in the face by Richard Seymour. The beatings he took against the ravens. They will probably relax this policy a bit after that one.

  14. this guy ben doesn’t take responsibility for anything… whether it be in colorado, georgia or pittsburgh.

  15. Well played by Roethlisberger. He tells the truth without any need for disparaging remarks knowing exactly how people will react. And it totally sets up Tomlin to repeat his “I’m comfortable with all the play calls” comments that already had everybody upset. These seemingly innocent remarks will cause more harm to Tomlin and Haley than a 10-minute rant that would have gotten him fined.

  16. This is shocking, I found out the other day that they hadn’t run a QB Sneak since 2014 and I just figured Roethlisberger didn’t want to run it anymore.

    Wow, that cheerleader masquerading as a HC really needs to go.

  17. I am sorry, but this statement vastly, vastly, lowers my opinion of Ben Roethlisberger. Either it’s a) true, which means he lacks any leadership traits or backbone whatsoever, or b) it’s not true and he’s throwing Haley under the bus.

    Either way, not a good look big guy.

  18. This comes across as Ben playing the blame game which is probably indicative of his relationship with Haley, if not Haley and Tomlin. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that the Steelers scored 42 points at home and still lost! A lot of focus on the short yardage opportunities that were not converted. Too much really. A bright light needs to be shined on that defense and all of its shortcomings. You simply can’t give up 45 points at home to a Blake Bortles led offense. This point will be underscored when we see what the Patriots’ D does to Jacksonville this week!

  19. “But to have a veteran franchise quarterback like Roethlisberger and not even give him the authority to call a quarterback sneak is odd.”

    Especially odd since Ben is a very large guy and would quite likely had the strength to get at least one of those first downs. Compare that to Belichick-Brady where Brady is free to audible anything he wants and they regularly use the QB sneak. And Brady has a very high success rate doing so.

  20. I generally hate it when I hear a player throw his coach under the bus.

    But in this case, Tomlin and Haley deserved to get rolled over by Jerome Bettis.

    One of the best (and biggest!) quarterbacks of his generation is not allowed to sneak for the first down without a signed permission slip from Papa Tomlin or Mama Haley signing off?

    Pittsburgh seems to consistently do a a good job picking the on-the-field talent, but clinging on to Tomlin is dragging the club down.

  21. If there’s any doubt about whether or not Ben likes coach Haley, this should clear that up. He’s thrown him under the bus after every loss this year. There is no way that if Ben wanted to sneak, he couldn’t just call it and do it. He is not going to be benched for that. I believe he simply wants to do what he’s told because if it doesn’t work he doesn’t have to take blame.

  22. While playing the blame game is lame, to not allow one of the toughest and strongest (physically) QBs in the league to audible to a sneak is ridiculous, ESPECIALLY given his status and experience as a veteran of the game. Ben would be very hard to stop on sneaks.

  23. How does Roethlisberger continually get away with throwing the organization and teammates under the bus in his comments to the media? Even if he is correct in his comments, that is not how a well-coached team operates.

  24. 14-year veteran, won two Super Bowls, and they won’t let him check out of a play based on his own observation.

    I’d say that’s grounds for firing the entire coaching staff, today.

  25. Way to go Ben throwing your coaches under the bus, good job drama queen..When asked, just say this was the play called from the sidelines…that’s it..he always leaves the door open for more questions.

  26. gregbeau says:
    January 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    How does Roethlisberger continually get away with throwing the organization and teammates under the bus in his comments to the media? Even if he is correct in his comments, that is not how a well-coached team operates.

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    I’d say you just answered your own question.

  27. LIAR. no way he’s told he can’t check to a QB sneak or maybe haley has a no check down rule because pig ben does what he wants on every play. When he does retire PIG BEN #7 will be know for assaulting chicks, throwing picks and lying all day.

  28. Haley will be gone and those two don’t get along, but it’s really weak the way Roethlisberger just blames everything on him and never owns any part of the failures.

  29. If I were a Steeler fan I’d be furious and call for a new head coach. Ben is one of the strongest and most physical QB’s in the NFL and he can’t call a QB sneak??? The organization prides itself on the continuity of head coaches as a (false) sign of stability … Tomlin needs to go.

  30. Ben should be pretty much running his own show when he’s out there. They’re wasting good years putting a leash on him. As a Pats fan, I hope they keep doing it.

  31. It’s like in war. You have one commander in chief who micromanages and doesn’t give his commanders on the ground the freedom they need to win. Then they get a new commander in chief who lets them do their job and they start winning.

  32. I believe Roethlisberger took responsibility for the loss on Sunday due to his two turnovers. Or didn’t he?

    That’s why I questioned resting certain players against the Browns, unlike the Patriots who at least played Brady (nearly?) the whole game Week 17. If the Steelers don’t come out of the gate rusty, they beat Jacksonville. If different coaching decisions are made, and the 4th-and-1 play calling is an easy target, the Steelers likely win.

    And to throw one more thing out there, the most frustrating thing about watching the Vikings-Saints game after was seeing an officiating crew that actually officiated in the secondary. Probably the best officiated game of the playoffs, at least from what I’ve seen. Steratore seems to be the favorite to Referee the Super Bowl this year.

    I do agree that if he thinks there’s a path, he should go with the sneak regardless of what the play call is. I do feel like he’s shirking some responsibility here even if he’s telling the total truth. I do seem to recall a fair amount of successful big yardage plays on 4th-and-1 for the Steelers. The one to Juju should have been, but he dropped it. He was also held. I’m personally more in favor of a safer play to get the first down and go from there.

    I’m just rambling now, so…

  33. I agree with Tomlin and Haley. There is no conceivable reason to let a 6-5 QB use his athleticism to reach 12 inches to get a first down, especially during a playoff game. /s

  34. How many people is Sad Ben going to sell down the river to make up for his own inept performance? This is disgraceful and will come back to bite him when the Steelers can’t find decent personnel who won’t want to get publicly trashed every time Ben blows a game.

  35. Just as well, the OL trying to help Ben with a sneak looks alot like the oompa loompas rolling a giant blueberry girl off to the juicing room.

  36. pastabelly says:
    January 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Haley will be gone and those two don’t get along, but it’s really weak the way Roethlisberger just blames everything on him and never owns any part of the failures.

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    What an ignorant statement. If you listened to Ben’s post game comments you would hear him take the blame for not winning. I know that fact doesn’t support your lying agenda as facts are never important to Patriot trolls.

  37. The situation is completely ridiculous, but considering that Roethlisberger was the one who was saying he thought “clocking it” at the end of the Patritots game was the right thing to do (and the ensuing supposed confusion was just too much for him to handle, apparently), it’s not surprising they don’t let him audible out of plays in those situations.

    If he weren’t a football player he’d probably be working the rental shoe counter at the bowl-o-rama.

  38. Jacksonville was holding his receivers ALL DAY LONG. It’s a Coughlin staple. He believes the refs will eventually stop throwing the flag. The DB’s ride the receivers by holding onto the jersey, then swipe their arms just before the ball arrives to disrupt the timing of the catch. It also allows for a pass rush to get to the QB. It’s what he did in the Super Bowls his teams won. Had the Steeler’s receivers not made some spectacular grabs, we’d be hearing more about this. The Patriots better be prepared for this.

    As for 4th and 1, he should have just done it and asked for permission later. My guess is he wasn’t sure enough of succeeding, and did not want to bear the blame later. Human nature.

  39. It’s like the Steeler players have an obligation to spill their guts to the media and throw each other under the bus at will.

    Is anybody in that building ever accountable for anything? The answer is obviously no, since they seem content to get bounced in the playoffs every year and never make any changes.

  40. Mike Tomlin is 116-60, 8-6 in the playoffs, with 1 Lombardi and you all want a coaching change? Gimme a break.

    Mike Tomlin is not the Offensive Coordinator, FYI.

  41. “In Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, the Steelers twice got stopped on fourth-and-1. On both plays, there appeared to be room in the middle of the line for Ben Roethlisberger to run a quarterback sneak for a yard. So why didn’t he?”

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    Actually, it was even less than a yard, more like 4th and inches. Not running a QB sneak is beyond stupid.

  42. BR = Elite QB – second on my list if I were starting a team today. Tough as they come. Extends plays like no other.

    Yes he’s thrown coaches under the bus a couple of times this year but that’s not his pattern of behavior. I’m guessing he’s beyond frustrated, particularly with an extremely odd duck in Todd Haley.

  43. So everyone is going to pretend like Roethlisberger didn’t audible into that pass on that second fourth down play. I mean it was plain as day he was changing the play,but like I said on Sunday, he’d find some way to throw everyone else under the bus for his screw up. No wonder Haley is trying to get out of town.

  44. As an NFL fan for 60 yrs, this is a bit concerning. I remember Bart Starr calling a QB sneak at the goal line in the Ice Bowl and not telling a single player on the team and won the game. Can you imagine telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady he is not allowed to change things? While Tomlin is not the greatest coach in the world at least get rid of Hayely and sit some of the prima donnas on the team and tell them to just do their jobs. Too many distractions & too much talking about playing the Pats instead of playing the Jags. I mean look at the first half? Was Pittsburg ready to play the game? I think not.

  45. lanman11 says:
    January 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Jacksonville was holding his receivers ALL DAY LONG.
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    Thank goodness. I thought we were going to go an entire article comment section without someone whining about how the Steelers got jobbed by the refs.

  46. Honestly offensive coordinators kinda ruin the game. I’m really starting to hate how arrogant these OC’s are about their systems and play calls and special languages, taking 30 seconds to dial up a play call and get it to the field leaving the QB and his offense 10 seconds to get lined up and snap, barely any time to read the defense and react and adjust, not allowing audibles because that would mess with their brilliance and their system, between that and the referees making ticky-tack calls based on an unnecessarily intricate and easily misinterpreted rule book, it just makes the game feel so grossly micromanaged.

    Even like in Atlanta, you’re gonna tell me that Steve Sarkisian better understands the other NFC South defenses and how to attack them better than Matt Ryan himself? I don’t buy that for one second.

    The game needs to be more in the hands of the quarterbacks.

  47. This article is ridiculous. I remember Tony Dungy sent the puniting unit out on a 4th down and Peyton Manning just waved them off the field and then converted the 4th. Peyton wasn’t in the league 15 years at the time like Big Ben nor had he had the post season success at that time. Take some ownership and be a leader Ben… you’re a franchise/hall of fame quarterback right? Try acting like one!!!

  48. I think I read somewhere that Ben is 18 out of 19 in short yardage QB sneaks.
    That and the guy is just huge. If he tried and failed then I think there would be more praise for the Jags then stones at Tomlin. I watched games this year and it seemed that every time the Pats where in a 4th and 1 Brady got on a sneak.
    I am sure he was able to check to a sneak if he wanted to.

  49. Does Big Ben do anything else but throw people under the bus and complain…. Pretty sure Haley/Tomlin didn’t throw that pick or fumble that directly led to 14 points for my Jags. Plus could it be plausible you guys looked past the “Trashuars”. Thinking it was going to be easy if you make BB5 throw ? Well you got what you asked for DTWD… GoJags.

  50. Big “drama queen” Ben throwing someone under the bus when things don’t go right.

    Nothing to see here folks, move along…..

    Ben mostly had a good game although it took his receivers making spectacular catches for that to happen so who was really more responsible for that? But,

    what would the score have been again without Ben’s 2 turnovers?

  51. I wonder what a franchise tagged LeVeon Bell is worth in a trade? How about Martavis Bryant? I think it’s possible for this team to start cutting some of the loud mouths and actually get something in return. They might be able to keep the window open a little longer if they don’t burn the house down first.

  52. Jacksonville was holding his receivers ALL DAY LONG. It’s a Coughlin staple. He believes the refs will eventually stop throwing the flag. The DB’s ride the receivers by holding onto the jersey, then swipe their arms just before the ball arrives to disrupt the timing of the catch. It also allows for a pass rush to get to the QB. It’s what he did in the Super Bowls his teams won. Had the Steeler’s receivers not made some spectacular grabs, we’d be hearing more about this. The Patriots better be prepared for this.

    As for 4th and 1, he should have just done it and asked for permission later. My guess is he wasn’t sure enough of succeeding, and did not want to bear the blame later. Human nature.
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    So I guess AB wasn’t “holding hands ” with AJ Bouye on that first touchdown grab ??? GTFOH Steelers got beat because they assumed the Jags would fold. Pride before the Fall, you see that a lot in football.

  53. Haley should have never been hired. They need to get a good offensive coordinator who can tell Tomlin to go do something else instead of ruining the offense.

  54. As usual, Ben is lying. After the Patriots game where Ben threw the interception – the same issue came up, Tomlin said the following which means Ben does have latitude to change plays:

    “Certainly. Certainly. There’s no script for those moments. There’s always latitude, professional latitude particularly that goes with being a veteran quarterback in those circumstances. He is on the field, he is inside the helmet and on the field with those guys. He has a feel of what’s transpiring on the field that we on the sideline and in the booth cannot have. So that’s just normal operating procedure,” Tomlin said.

    “We call plays all the time that he may change at the line of scrimmage based on game circumstances or what he sees.”

    http://www.pennlive.com/steelers/index.ssf/2017/12/steelers_patriots_int_tomlin.html

  55. All types of excuses are being made as to why Pittsburgh lost this game. The biggest one is the Steelers were looking past Jacksonville, which is a bunch of bull. No team is going to look past any other team in January when things matter.Big Ben by the numbers had a stellar day.Bortles not so much,14 for 27.The difference, Bortles did not turn the ball over,Ben turned it over twice both led to jaguar touchdowns. Pitt had almost 200 more yards than Jacksonville and ran 85+ plays to the jags 60. Look at the boxscore and you’ll see why the jags won.168 to the Steelers 80 on the ground.You can put up all the pretty numbers you want. I’ve seen it too many times you run that ball in January ,or you can be watching the following week from the sidlines. 58 passes will cut your throat just about every time. The jags did what was required,thats why they won.

  56. The sad part is, if Tomlin hears Ben audible, the coach will probably call a time out to prevent the sneak from happening. A good coach knows a veteran franchise QB who has been in a system for any length of time can call any play in the book at the line. Guys like Brady, the Mannings, Rodgers, Brees, and a few others could all call their own plays when the situation called for it. How is it possible that a QB with the resume of Ben can’t audible to a drive-crucial play?

  57. SERIOUSLY? You have one of the elites in the league and you don’t trust him to do that? Plus he’s friggin’ huge, he falls over like an oak tree and he gets it, why does he even HAVE to call it in those situations if you’re not brain dead?

  58. As if Brady doesn’t get beat enough, he does this QB sneaks that gets him squashed. Brady is a sucker for punishment. Big Ben should do more sneaks. He’s stouter than Brady.

  59. The haters are out in force. Funny how very few similar comments were made about Cowher when he was 6-10 twice and he continued to praise Kordell Stewart. Gee, wonder why? Some of the hate spewed towards Tomlin clearly has nothing to do with coaching. Clue for the haters: Tomlin is a lock for the HOF eventually. Name another coach with a Super Bowl win and who has never had a losing season. Yeah, crickets are chirping.

  60. Don’t go get that easy first down. Instead, just run this play that was called prior to the defense getting their guys on the field and lining up. That is how you lose big games. No guarantee he would have gotten either of those but I believe his odds were better than the plays called

  61. not exactly what he said and misleading to report it this way. what he said was they do not have an audible in place to call the QB sneak but that he could call it in the huddle. I’m sure if he wanted he could go to the coaches and get that done. talk about making a big deal out of nothing.

  62. And folks are harping on all the dissension between QB and Coach in New England. At least they don’t air it out publicly.

    When Tomlin crawls back out from under the bus, he should have a chat with Big Ben and get on the same page.

    This is the second time in a month….


  63. notwhoyouthinkitis says:

    January 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The haters are out in force. Funny how very few similar comments were made about Cowher when he was 6-10 twice and he continued to praise Kordell Stewart. Gee, wonder why? Some of the hate spewed towards Tomlin clearly has nothing to do with coaching. Clue for the haters: Tomlin is a lock for the HOF eventually. Name another coach with a Super Bowl win and who has never had a losing season. Yeah, crickets are chirping.””

    Sad… playing the race card. So old and tired. He made terrible decisions during the game deal with it.

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  64. Tomlin is a lock for the HOF eventually. Name another coach with a Super Bowl win and who has never had a losing season. Yeah, crickets are chirping.””
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    HOF??? Not seeing it.

  65. Seth Wickersham should have written an article about the behind-the-scenes strife and dissension within the Steelers. He could have still attributed everything to anonymous sources, but at least he would have been reporting about something that was actually happening.

  66. JimmyGQ had no problems scoring on a QB sneak and Ben is quite a bit larger than JimmyGQ. Sounds like a cop-out.

  67. OMG!
    Pull UP Your “Big Boy” Pants and make a play.
    What’s the worst that could happen? Coach hollers at you and you get your feelings hurt.
    Too Bad. Win the damn game and play football.
    If they let that “Mensa Candidate” Terry Bradshaw call his own plays, I’m sure you can too.

    For Christ’s Sake…Be A MAN! Defy Authority and Make the decision.
    SMH

  68. If you are thinking of retiring anyhow, and this is your only hope to get into the AFC playoffs you just do it. Dare them to bench you the following week.

  69. How ridiculous is that? You have a future Hall Of Fame QB and he can’t check to a QB sneak? What a joke. Tomlin needs to be fired.

  70. It’s because Tomlin is a dope. The fact that he isn’t commenting on Haley is a joke. It seems Haley’s offense is doing just fine. The defense(his baby) totally let him down. Time for Steelers to move on. When LeBeau left you he never said one thing about Tomlin which says a lot.

  71. This is the beginning of the end for that coach. You can’t not give a q.b. like Ben complete control of the game. He’s earned it. Fire the clown.

  72. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    If you listened to Ben’s post game comments you would hear him take the blame for not winning. I know that fact doesn’t support your lying agenda as facts are never important to Patriot trolls.
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    Hey little buddy – listen, I know you’re upset, but let’s let other people express opinions without calling anyone who disagrees with you a troll. OK? OK!

  73. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    January 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    The haters are out in force. Funny how very few similar comments were made about Cowher when he was 6-10 twice and he continued to praise Kordell Stewart. Gee, wonder why? Some of the hate spewed towards Tomlin clearly has nothing to do with coaching. Clue for the haters: Tomlin is a lock for the HOF eventually. Name another coach with a Super Bowl win and who has never had a losing season. Yeah, crickets are chirping.

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    Read the article, this is about comments by Ben R. Are you saying he is a hater?

    Tomlin is a very good coach but not a great one. Very good coaches dont get into the HOF, only great ones.

  74. Ummmmm….yeah. He must REALLY want Haley canned. At least Haley has a future as a mechanic with how often Big Ben tosses him under the bus.

  75. While “I’m not allowed” is a lame excuse that once again lays the blame on the coaches,the Steelers gifted that game to the Jags with poor play calling and allowing them to hang over 40 points on them. All the yapping about the Patriots by the HEAD COACH and some players completely overlooking Jacksonville didn’t help their cause either. The Steelers are a team filled with talent,but they are a dysfunctional mess. Maybe it’s time to clean house.

  76. I also find it hard to believe that after 14 years as QB,Roethlisberger is not allowed to check out of a play and into one that will benefit the team. In this case, a QB sneak for a first down. Come on,Ben. Do you think the fans are that stupid?

  77. pastabelly says:
    January 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm
    Haley will be gone and those two don’t get along, but it’s really weak the way Roethlisberger just blames everything on him and never owns any part of the failures.

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    Actually Ben took full blame for the loss in his press conference. He came right out and said it was his fault he gave the jags 14 points. So yes he does own his mistakes. And in my opinion he was wrong because the defense gave up 38 points and they are really to blame. You should be able to win a home playoff game if your offense puts up 42 points on the best ranked defense in the league.

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  79. steelers lost because they got into a 1-sided bickering tournament against themselves v the patriots who were too busy trying to win a superbowl….get over yourselves steelers; tomlin isnt in the same dimension as the hoodie

  80. This team is still talking? Why don’t they sit down and play Madden like the rest of the also-rans.

  81. I LOVE how people are saying that Ben is “throwing people under the bus”. Had Ben said “F it”, and did the sneak they’d accuse him of being a rogue player. While I wish Ben had kept things in-house, I don’t have a problem with this. Let’s be real here-why should Ben be made to answer that question, if Haley made that call? And please, don’t tell me Haley and Tomlin don’t deserve it. Their inability to grow in wisdom through their experiences is holding the Steelers back. I for one am tired of watching them waste AB’s prime years, as well as whatever quality play Ben has left. Changes need to be made!

  82. Not allowed? Is he a 5 year old?

    How about you just do it and let the coaches deal with it.

    Not allowed…like Tomlin or Haley could stop him. SMDH.

  83. SMH – Really Ben? And you folks that are buying into his infamous “but, it’s not me, it’s them-guys over there” act! You all look as foolish as he does thinking he can continue to sell that garbage! Who is he blaming for the 14-points he personally handed to Jacksonville which cost them the game?

  84. Tomlin has been called many things, but smart isn’t one of them. Still, he has been the best black head coach and the most successful even if most of his success came with Cowhers built teams.

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