Mike Tomlin not surprised Ben Roethlisberger is thinking of retiring

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s comment today that he is considering retirement came as a surprise to some people, but not to coach Mike Tomlin.

Tomlin told reporters today that he wants to keep coaching Roethlisberger but will understand if the soon-to-be 35-year-old Roethlisberger decides to walk away.

“Ben said it so you do take it seriously. I’m not alarmed by it, that’s football. Obviously, I’m hopeful he returns,” Tomlin said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Not surprised by that thought process by Ben. We’ll react and plan accordingly. We haven’t met yet. He’s one of last I meet with.”

Although Roethlisberger is still a good starting quarterback, given his age it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see him quit this offseason. Tomlin said the Steelers will plan accordingly for the possibility that they’ll be building a new offense with a new quarterback in 2017.

108 responses to “Mike Tomlin not surprised Ben Roethlisberger is thinking of retiring

  1. This is 2 day after the loss talk. Not buying it. He’s not retiring. What Big Ben needs to do is start playing up to his counterpart during crucial games.

  2. This is 2 day after the loss talk. Not buying it. He’s not retiring. What Big Ben needs to do is start playing up to his counterpart during crucial games.

  3. As long as Tomlin is coaching they don’t have a serious shot at winning another Super Bowl so it wouldn’t be surprising if he walks away instead of putting his body through another season of that beating a NFL player takes. I dislike the Steelers but Big Ben probably gets another ring or two if they had better coaching.

  4. I’ll miss him if/when he goes. Great player, ridiculously hard to get down when he scrambles. Got a few issues in other areas but he has been good for the game.

  5. Brady broke Big Ben… But if I was a 35yr old multimillionaire QB with 2 SBs and a bunch of injuries, and I played for a foul-mouthed, sore-loser cheerleader like Tomlin, I’d walk away while I still had two legs to walk away with, because the Steelers aren’t likely to win another SB in the next few years anyway.

  6. Full of it. Such a drama queen. He loves making fans think he’s Willis Reed every game.

    If he truly cared about his health, he’d have lost 40 lbs. ten years ago.

  7. This is probably good news for the Steelers.

    Landry Jones gave the Patriots a tougher game in that earlier meeting, and as a younger guy fits in better with Tomlin’s fun-loving’, ‘don’t take football so seriously’ team culture.

  8. Mr Drama Big Ben.

    He is not retiring. But whenever he finally does you can be sure it will be the longest most drawn out drama filled decision in history.

    It will make Brett Favre’s look like Andre Johnson’s.

  9. Ben probably said
    If you mess with Antonio Brown I’ll retire.

    And Tomlin has to think about it.

  10. As one poster said, its 2 days after a loss so its likely in a month or so and given his contract he will end up playing.

    But the fact he is even mentioning it publicly is interesting and its fair to say the end will come within the next year or 2.

    You figure if he plays until he’s 36 or 37, then he’s had a very long and prosperous career compared to other great QB’s in history.

    Now stop and consider how long Brady’s career may end up being and the level he continues to play at….remarkable.

  11. To the Tomlin haters who are so clueless: He took an 8-8 team from Cowher and won the SB. He’s never had a losing season and has won over 100 games in 10 years which very few coaches have done. So your thinly disguised hate has little to do with coaching obviously.

  12. Ben’s already beaten Brady twice in decisive fashion, outplaying him in the process, so the idea there’s some kind of phobia is laughable. Everyone knows it’s been the defensive issues which has been the problem in these games.

    Roethlisberger will be a first ballot HOF pick when he does decide to retire. The Steelers wing in the HOF will only continue to grow.

  13. Roethlisberger has played at an extraordinarily high level for 13 seasons, he is a 1st ballot HoF player with nothing left to prove to anyone other than himself. He has also taken a pretty good pounding doing it. With the signs of a lack of professionalism that have been coming out of that locker room it shouldn’t be too surprising that he might be considering the idea that taking a further beating may not be worth it. Massive respect for Ben’s game from this Pats fan.

  14. Lets see, here are my choices, retire next year and enjoy my millions or play next year and have my team and fans be embarrassed and humiliated by the pats before a national audience yet again? I think the choice is clear.

    Cowher actually won a playoff game against the pats during his career, maybe he can be talked into taking Tomlin’s place with the right amount of scratch? True his record against the pats in the playoffs was also pathetic, 1-3 which includes two AFCC game losses, all 3 losses being blow outs and the 2 AFCC games being in Pittsburgh, but that is better than never having a chance to to win isn’t it?

  15. You know, I don’t think he’ll retire yet – but I can see his viewpoint…

    He’s a wizard at QB -but reality is, and he probably knows it, he needs to stay away from the Leaky Cauldron in the offseason, let the elbow get a little rusty for once, and come back to camp minus 20-25 pounds.

    However, that’s not so easy, particularly when you know at the end of that road, Mike Tomlin is waiting for you.

  16. florida76 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:43 PM
    Ben’s already beaten Brady twice in decisive fashion, outplaying him in the process,

    Decisive you say? Ben won by 14 & 8 points. Didn’t see him drop 50+ on NE which is what Brady did along with a couple other big wins. See below for the real story on TB vs BR.

    Seven total matchups October 21, 2004; September 25, 2005; December 9, 2007; November 14, 2010; October 30, 2011; November 3, 2013; September 10, 2015

    Head-to-Head Record: Patriots are 5-2

    Head-to-Head Score: Patriots 216, Steelers 170

    Tom Brady’s Stats: 190-of-273 (69.6 percent), 2,310 yards (330.0 per game, 8.46 per attempt), 19 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

    Ben Roethlisberger’s Stats: 169-of-269 (62.8 percent), 2,102 yards (300.29 per game, 7.81 per attempt), 15 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

    Playoffs
    Note: Their only postseason head-to-head meeting was the AFC Championship during the 2004 season (you can click for the box score): January 23, 2005

    Head-to-Head Record: Patriots are 1-0

    Head-to-Head Score: Patriots 41, Steelers 27

    Tom Brady’s Stats: 14-of-21 (66.7 percent), 207 yards (9.86 per attempt), 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

    Ben Roethlisberger’s Stats: 14-of-24 (58.3 percent), 226 yards (9.42 per attempt), 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

  17. Should change the name to Pittsburgh moaners. Like anyone outside of Pittsburgh cares Ben. The entire free world knows you are full of it. I way would you repay any of that bonus money. LOL. Besides, your buddy Tomlin would be exposed as mediocre if you did not play anymore

  18. If the Steelers had better coaching they would have at least another 2 Super Bowls. Ben knows that it was coaching who let him down in the AFCCG. They let the whole team down. Ben did his part in that game. No number 2 receiver was very apparent. You can only ask so much of the young guys, but the coaching is terrible. I used to like Tomlin, now Its obvious that he needs to go. Being a cheerleader is good for motivation, but playing Brady and Belichik requires actual football knowledge. You know, x’s and o’s

  19. Refreshing. At least he’s not a stat padder like Brady.

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    LOL.

  20. greglloydrules says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:58 PM

    If the Steelers had better coaching they would have at least another 2 Super Bowls.
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    Hilarious.

    The 2 last ones were both stolen. Once by horrific officiating vs Seattle, the other only because Brady was injured that season.

  21. Anyone who lives in Pittsburgh knows that Ben is not well liked. Off the field he has a bad reputation in terms of the way he treats people and everyone in Pittsburgh has heard the stories. He thinks he’s above paying the cover to get into a bar, he doesn’t feel he has to tip waitresses. He’s a jerk and it’s well known.

    I don’t think they’d be all that sorry to see him retire.

  22. Hey Ben how about you lose about 40 pounds so you can resemble something close to a professional athlete???

    While your at it try getting rid of the ball on time instead of being a hero and taking unnecessary hits. Try throwing it away or conceding a sack every once in a while.

  23. Tomlin may not be the smartest coach in the NFL but he can read the scoreboard. He knows the Steelers fared better against the Patriots with Landry Jones than they did during that merciless beatdown with Little Ben.

  24. florida76 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:43 PM

    Ben’s already beaten Brady twice in decisive fashion
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    When? Preseason? The Steelers have NEVER beaten Brady and Belichick in a meaningful game.

  25. Actually, this would be the best time for Ben to retire from the Steeler’s point of view. We have a top 5 Offensive line, we have a top 5 WR and RB and a defense that will keep us in games against average QBs.

  26. The factor that no one is mentioning yet is that Ben is a very man off the field. He’s married now with 2 or 3 young kids (I forget at the moment). By many accounts he has drastically changed his off-field ways, and habits. Between the injuries and the constant media drama (much of it caused by him, I freely admit) he may be getting worn out mentally and physically. As a Steeler fan I hope he doesn’t retire, but I won’t blame him and support his decision if he does.

  27. No discipline on this team. Repeat suspensions for pot use that hurt the team each year are allowed, Brown’s cleats were his biggest worries the first few games, Brown received multiple dancing yardage penalties and coach wanted verification on how many pumps were allowed, Brown secretly videotaped and humiliated the team and coaches while earning 6 figures doing it, horrendous game planning if any at all, and then add Haley’s predictable and stupid play calling… It’s time for Tomlin and Haley to go. Why should Ben and the other serious players risk their health and their years left for this undisciplined romper room team. This is not the Pittsburgh way, this is Tomlin’s way.

  28. Also: anyone suggesting that the Steelers would feel more comfortable with Landry Jones than Ben is trolling and didn’t watch the games this year. Ben was easily the best Steeler on the field this past Sunday. Landry Jones has been anywhere between mediocre and terrible any time he has played. If Ben returns, chances are very good that Iones does not return as the backup, partly because they won’t want t pay him more and partly because they can do better.

  29. Considering the friction when Todd Haley arrived, I think Ben really is considering retirement.
    I am sure those two still don’t like each other and Ben probably told Tomlin “It’s him or me.”

  30. I just noticed a steelers fan boy say that not only is “overweight” ben a HOF candidate, he is first ballot.

    Ben a HOF candidate? I know Pittsburgh is kind of an unsophisticated backwater, but that was a joke, right?

    I mean I would put him in the top 10 QB most of his career and he is a pretty good QB (unless he plays against the pats) but, HOF? That must have been the posters attempt at a joke.

  31. The first clue was when he asked Brady for a game jersey during the season. Not a dig at him, that’s just the sort of stuff you do when you start thinking about the end.

  32. For those not thinking clearly…Ben is your team leader, tactition and glue for that offense. From a fan of a team searching for a similar QB and field general fog many years….I would say that Steeler fans don’t know how good you’ve got it with him at center. Good luck if he retires.

  33. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:20 PM
    Nice career and everything, but overrated.

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    12 guys have won 2 or more Super Bowls since 1966-67.

    In that time there have been 561 QBs that have started at least 1 game.

    So Ben is the top 2 percent all time in the most important stat. Super Bowl wins.

    He’s certainly not overrated.

  34. He knows the Steelers fared better against the Patriots with Landry Jones than they did during that merciless beatdown with Little Ben.

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    Was Ben playing defense, too?

  35. Can you imagine Tomlin if he didn’t have Big Ben driving the team the length of the field in the final minute to rescue Tomlin’s ass AGAIN??
    Give Tomlin a mediocre QB (like 70% of the other NFL teams have), and he would sink to the bottom of the pit with the Cleveland Clowns.
    Sunday’s game vs. Pats sure looked like Belichick wanted to expose Tomlin as a hack. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a wide discrepancy in coaching talent for all to see (from game-plan to play design, play execution, in-game adjustments, player focus & mental awareness, toughness & desire).
    I gotta say it: the decision to go with a Soft Zone against a QB who has FEASTED on zones for 16 years was an astounding error. But it was compounded by REMAINING in that same Soft Zone for nearly the entire game!! That is Malpractice on a massive scale, on nationwide TV. Ugly.

  36. WHY BEN WILL BE BACK.

    -Three years left on his contract. He likely won’t make for the rest of his life what one year of those will pay.

    -Probably his best O-line since he’s been here. And they’re have been Terrible Towel Turnstile units.

    -Brown, Bell, Martavis Bryant all likely back.

    -Team is young and has made steady progress.

  37. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:43 PM
    To the Tomlin haters who are so clueless: He took an 8-8 team from Cowher and won the SB. He’s never had a losing season and has won over 100 games in 10 years which very few coaches have done. So your thinly disguised hate has little to do with coaching obviously.

    I wish I could up vote you a million times man, comment is 100% correct !!!

  38. As a Ravens PSL owner for almost 20 years, I remember when Ben came into the league and his baptism of fire as rookie at M&T Bank against Baltimore. And what a HOF career he’s had since. I would be hugely disappointed if he were to retire!

    He optimizes the great rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers. I love the way Ben and Joe Flacco step it up every time they play each other. As Flacco has huge respect for Big Ben, so do the Ravens players and fans for #7.

    That said, Ben knows his body best and he’s got only so many shots left in it. But here’s hoping I see him at Hamburg Street, Baltimore in the 2017 year.

  39. Of course Ben is contemplating retirement. He knows Tomlin will be back. He also understands that Bradshaw was correct…..Tomlin is not a great coach….in fact he is not even a very good coach. Ben should lay down an ultimatum….I’ll stay if Tomlin goes.

  40. fartweasel says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:55 PM
    For those not thinking clearly…Ben is your team leader, tactition and glue for that offense. From a fan of a team searching for a similar QB and field general fog many years….I would say that Steeler fans don’t know how good you’ve got it with him at center. Good luck if he retires.

    ———–

    Exactly… Do the Steelers really want to go back to the likes of Slash and Tommy Maddox?

    They can win with Ben… When he goes the pickings are pretty slim.

  41. As a Ravens fan, I would miss Ben as a rival. I have said this before, but I do think coaching is the Steelers current problem.

    You’ve got a top-3 QB, a top-2 WR (they’d still be saying Brown was the best if Julio wasn’t on fire at the moment) and the #1 RB in the entire league. Steelers should be at a bare minimum running away with the division every year, but this year they were just an arm’s length away from losing a second time to a terrible Ravens team. That is a gameplanning and adjustment problem, IMO.

    Tomlin’s faith in Joey Porter as a leader of men is a tremendous red flag. One thing to have that type of guy on the team, but on the coaching staff? Come on now.

    All that said, I would bet a lot of money that Ben is back next year.

  42. abrasion says:
    Jan 24, 2017 12:26 PM

    As long as Tomlin is coaching they don’t have a serious shot at winning another Super Bowl so it wouldn’t be surprising if he walks away instead of putting his body through another season of that beating a NFL player takes. I dislike the Steelers but Big Ben probably gets another ring or two if they had better coaching.

    Ummmm…he already won one, and has been to two.

  43. Tomlin and Pittsburgh media have not a clue that Ben is tired of Todd Haley and his inept play calling, terrible red zone plays and inability to use talent on the team. Head in Sand.

  44. Pats fan here! Ben played lights out for the most part against the Pats. 2 TD passes went through guys’ hands. Another long pass through Coates’ hands.

    Not the easiest catches but not that hard either.

    Make those and it’s a different game!

  45. He will retire next season… He is contemplating it now, but he will feel better, will want to come back, and does not want to pay back such a large sumnof money. Next season will be a different story. The Steelers will not play as well, Ben will be bitter and sore, and the $12 million he will owe will mean nothing.

  46. There needs to be a contest for best HC cheerleader. Tomlin and Garrett are two obvious selections (clap, clap, clap). Anyone else?

    How about in the college ranks?

  47. Tomlin’s a successful coach in the NFL. Ben has been injured most of his career, and when he wasn’t injured key players were.

    I respect Tomlin’s honest talk. Most honest coach in the league.

  48. abcisezas123 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:35 PM

    There needs to be a contest for best HC cheerleader. Tomlin and Garrett are two obvious selections (clap, clap, clap). Anyone else?
    ———————-

    Todd Bowles
    Jim Caldwell

  49. Ben appears to be sending the Rooney a message. He’s not going to retire, but he wants Tomlin to be held accountable. He’s losing the locker room.

  50. this guy’s trippin’ how many times have we seen this drama queen say the same things about injuries the week going into a big game – just go home sit on the couch and watch the super bowl and see you in camp next season.

  51. Looks like Tomlin will have to get in shape for next year if Ben doesn’t come back. Because he’ll have to make more tripping tackles from the sidelines.

  52. I think the $$ he will have to repay will bring him back for one more season, right now he’s just tired of continually being beaten by those “A Holes in NE”!

  53. Ben is one of the toughest competitors ever to play the game. As a Raven fan I have to admit he is the one and only player on the Steelers that I fear.
    But I wouldn’t blame him for retiring. He has to be fed up with a borderline moron for a coach and being surrounded by a team that lacks his physical and mental toughness.
    Brown is a complete idiot and can only be described by one word….ghetto. Without Ben he is a less than average receiver.
    Bell is very quick but avoids contact and lacks physical toughness. He has never finished a season due to injury. When his team needs him the most he is on the bench. He was a fancy flash in the pan and now that every team has seen how the Ravens and the Pats shut him down he will slip into oblivion.
    The rest of the team is characterized by marginal talent, old age and a lack of depth.
    Tomlin lacks the intelligence to devise a creative game plan that can exploit an opponents weakness. The lack of discipline on the team is disgusting.
    But Ben……rather than retire, please come to the Ravens. We could win 2 or 3 Super Bowls

  54. Ben’s not retiring. He’s just a bit of a drama queen.

    Btw, no way is he a first ballot HOFer. That’s ridiculous. He’s never been a SBMVP, never a League MVP, never an All Pro, misses games nearly every season, not yet in the top 10 all time in passing, TDs, completions. One of the worst SB performances we’ve ever seen. His post season numbers are mediocre. He’s a borderline HOFer.

  55. The dude has a lot of hard highway miles. It wouldn’t hurt him to get serious about diet and lose a few pounds. It could extend his career.

  56. Ben will be back next year. I think he, along with the whole team and Steeler fans, are bitterly disappointed at the outcome of the AFC Championship. IMHO I believe the defensive game plan and the many dropped passes were primarily to blame for the loss, more so than Bell’s injury. Ben played a solid game with no rushing attack and a couple reliable receivers, most of his passes were on the money and he had a streak of 11 straight completions. Dropped TD passes, Hamilton runs out of the end zone, and they don’t do a sneak from 1 foot ugh! You can’t give Brady that much time to find seams in a soft zone with young defenders. No pressure on Brady! Why were Harrison and Dupree back in pass coverage so often? SMH. Ben is nearing the end of a HOF career and I can understand his current frustration, but thus will blow over. Next year, we should have Bryant back, and maybe even Green. Rogers, Ayers and JJ look solid, and maybe Wheaton can improve. Heyward will be back. They need to dump Coates, who reminds me of Dwight Stone! And Gay needs to go. Davis and Burns should greatly improve. Hopefully Golson might ctually play, but they need more DBs in the draft. But Ben will be back after he reflects on what he can still accomplish. They are close to being a Super Bowl team, and hopefully next season will be better!

  57. channer81 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:09 PM
    You know Steeler fans are panicking… The consistent train they are used to is about to end..

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    Haha you are an idiot.. We went 13-3 in 2001 with Kordell Stewart.
    We went 10-5-1 in 2002 with Tommy Maddox.
    Went to the Super Bowl in the 90s with Neil O’Donell.

    Heck we won 4 Super Bowls with Terry Bradshaw.

    Steelers are about defence, and with one of the younger teams in the league now who have posted a 32-16 record since our back to back 8-8 rebuild years…. I’d say no, the real Steeler faithful now we’ll be fine if Big Ben retires.

  58. It’s a feeble attempt to garner drama and calls favoring his team by the League because they think it will be his swansong year.

  59. Actually, those arguing about whether Little Ben has beaten Tom Brady — he has NEVER beaten Brady in New England. It says a lot about a QB when he goes on the road and+ lays a giant egg every time. Even Joe Flacco, who ignorant Steelers’ fans rip on every chance they get, has cleaned Brady’s clock in Gillette Stadium, knocking that punk out of the playoffs twice. Brady in NE is basically Little Ben kryptonite. Ha ha.

  60. Ben will be back. All Ben was doing is expressing his frustration with the lack of focus and discipline of the Steelers under Tomlin. Bottom line the coaching is as Tomlin would put it “below the line” Bradshaw being ineloquent as he was said Tomlin was a cheerleader. What he probably meant to say was that Tomlin is a motivator. Motivation will only get you so far as you have to have discipline and x’s and o’s acumen.

  61. Big talk from some trolls that think they are more than the rest, reality is that the stealers were beated soundly, period. Save the list of accomplishments, Pittsburgh is not going to surpass the Patriots any time soon, if you are going to fancy 13-0 and 10-5-1 records as proof of greatness, have at it.

  62. Big talk from some trolls that think they are more than the rest, reality is that the stealers were beated soundly, period. Save the list of accomplishments, Pittsburgh is not going to surpass the Patriots any time soon, if you are going to fancy 13-0 and 10-5-1 records as proof of greatness, have at it.

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