Report: Roethlisberger wants to play at least three more seasons

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A year after making it clear that he’d entered the Brett Favre year-to-year phase of his career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apparently has decided to make a longer commitment to the game of football,

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Roethlisberger has told teammates that he wants to play at least three more years.

Roethlisberger has a contract through 2019; the Steelers presumably would want him to stick around beyond that, assuming he’s still playing at a high level. He turns 36 in early March.

So why the sudden change? There’s apparently a link to what seems to be the impending departure of offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Bouchette suggests that Roethlisberger’s retirement musings from last year following a loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship may have been sparked by “some biting words” from Haley the day after the game.

Although a concerted effort was made to ensure that Roethlisberger and Haley would get along (or at least appear to get along) after the Steelers “retired” close Roethlisberger friend Bruce Arians in early 2012 and hired Haley, the relationship between Roethlisberger and Haley by all appearances has become strained. With Haley’s contract expiring and no extension in place, Roethlisberger’s willingness to stick around indefinitely may definitely be aimed at ensuring Haley gets “retired,” too.

63 responses to “Report: Roethlisberger wants to play at least three more seasons

  1. When BR talks retirement and playing longer, everyone kind of looks at him with a side-eye. If he came out and said he doesn’t particularly like football, he just does it because he’s always done it and is great at it, would anyone be shocked at that sentiment.

    Alternatively, does anyone doubt Brady eats, sleeps, breathes football? Like he is 100% serious about playing until he’s 45…and when he’s 44, he’ll be trying to figure out how to play even longer… He’s still one of the most intense players in the NFL and has always had more heart than guys with twice his natural ability(looking at you AR).

  2. Big Ben is a great player. He has the skill set that is necessary to be a winning QB. What the Steelers really need is to get rid of Tomlin. It is obvious the success of the Steelers during his tenure is not because of his coaching but more in spite of his coaching.

  3. He tried pulling the “I will probably retire after this season” to get the playoff calls that come along with it. It worked for Ray Lewis and Jerome Bettis but I think the NFL saw through it this time.

  4. He’s praying that by year three Tomlin will be gone, and the Steelers will have a shot at the Super Bowl…lol But, since Tomlin signed an extension thru 2020, and given the Rooney’s track record of not firing coaches…Ben can forget it…I say this as a life long Steelers fan. The team is lost under Tomlin’s direction.

  5. Yeah, Haley’s still got the mindset of a teen getting plastered in public, so losing him would be a START! Good time to clean house on all the defensive coaches as well.

    However, until the feckless, undisciplined cancer that is Tomlin – with his lack of ability to win big games, play down to his opponent, get out-coached at every turn, unable to manage a clock and completely incapable of keeping a tight reign on his divas is gone, the Steelers will never see another Lombardi. Ben carried this team on his back so many times, and he’s made Dumblin look good…you can only hide the real problem for so long.

  6. cylondetector says:

    January 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    He should consider losing some weight. They’d probably call his number for a QB sneak once in awhile if he didn’t weigh the same as a Vince Wilfork.
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    Look at his body now vs a few years ago. He obviously has a naturally large frame, but he’s clearly dropped a lot of weight as he’s entered his mid 30s.

  7. Roethlisberger has suffered the same fate as Aaron Rodgers.
    They’ve had terrible coaches that have wasted the bulk of their primes. That won’t change for either of them until those guys are fired.

  8. Big Ben’s a Hall of Famer and an incredible qb. A new offensive coordinator may be just what the dr order. 4th and 1 twice and your running wide and passing the ball has to fall on Haleys bad play calling. The Steelers really need to work on getting shaziers replacement. The run D looked like a whole different unit without him. Injuries unfortunately play a hand in the steelers season every year and it did with shazier this year. Bad linebacking and secondary play was evident. There might be coaching changes on Defense too. This was not the same unit you seen during the course of the season.

  9. The Steelers offense is not the reason they lost yesterday, they scored 42 points. When your defense gives up 38 points to Blake Freaking Bortles you better be looking at the defensive coordinator. The vaunted Sheer Curtain had zero sacks and zero plays for negative yards yesterday.

  10. Avocado ice cream, it does wonders. Look at Brady left competing with the twenty somethings, while his near contemporary like Ben will be golfing. I almost fell off the floor when I found out Brady is older than Big Ben. Brady can easily pass like those young QBs left standing.

  11. As a lifelong Packer fan that suffered through the Favre retirement roller coaster, my advice to Pittsburgh is this: The very next time Roethlisburger talks about retiring, encourage him to do just that. You don’t need that kind of grief.

  12. If Ben ran the quarterback sneek the two times they had a 4th and one they would have made it both times. No way he runs behind DeCastro and Pouncey and doesn’t make it.

  13. Mrkbuilders says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Alternatively, does anyone doubt Brady eats, sleeps, breathes football? Like he is 100% serious about playing until he’s 45…and when he’s 44, he’ll be trying to figure out how to play even longer. He’s still one of the most intense players in the NFL and has always had more heart than guys with twice his natural ability(looking at you AR).
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    Yup. Agree. As a GB fan, my view of AR is changing, and changing rapidly. He’s an OK QB, but I’m sick and tired of his State Farm commercials and playboy/publicity seeking attitude. Seems like he’s more into himself with each passing day. I really don’t care if he plays next year in GB or not.

  14. Its going to be hard to justify firing a coach who basically wins at least 10 games every year. With that said, I think that Tomlin has two years more at most to win a SB in order to avoid the ax.

  15. Level of play has dropped off… Only getting worse.. As a Cleveland Browns fan I hope they do keep him around.. As for Haley, I’m not sure about him, perhaps the Browns can test his duties?

  16. Ben figured out that saying he is playing for 3 more years instead of saying he’s going to retire is a better strategy to be left alone. He can always retire anyway.

  17. I laugh when I read these quotes about QB’s and how long they want to play. Why? Because they are just so silly. Take Tom Brady, for instance. He has been quoted as saying he wants to play into his mid 40’s. Well — does anyone think for one moment that he’d keep playing if the Pats suddenly became a lousy team? Of course not. And — injuries are always the deciding factor. If he gets hurt with a serious injury, he’ll be gone.
    Same with Roethlisberger. If he gets hurt, of if the Steelers go into the toilet, he’ll quit.
    Of all the meaningless quotes, these top the list, as far as I’m concerned.

  18. dlwjr3181 says:

    January 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Level of play has dropped off… Only getting worse.. As a Cleveland Browns fan I hope they do keep him around.. As for Haley, I’m not sure about him, perhaps the Browns can test his duties

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    As a Cleveland Browns fan, what do you know about good And, or good teams or good football…

  19. I’m like 10th or 12 generation Pittsburgh. Moved away as a kid but my Dad’s last photo is with his beloved Steelers cap on.

    I meet Steeler fans out in the world, mention my mother is from Carrick, Dad from Mt. Lebanon and it’s all smiles…until I say I’m a Giant fan. Unreal. Then they walk away. Every single time.

    Is your stupid team worth that? I have more history in Pittsburgh (some pro athletes I won’t mention) than 90% of Steeler fans. I put up with Jets fans. Try that sometime.

    The Steelers were always a close 2nd to the Giants until the Perv came along. Rather have Eli than the HOF Ben. Who has more SB wins? Now I root against HIM.

    Then there is Haley. Also a Pittsburgh guy and an obvious alcoholic. Takes one to know one, so I know. He’s a complete tool.

    They deserve their collective dysfunction along with their HC who seems to be from the Andy Reid camp of clock management.

  20. How many SBs do Steelers’ fans think they would have won with Ben if they had BB coaching instead of Tomlin?

  21. Watching Ben play it has become obvious that he won’t make it three more years without getting seriously hurt. When Brady looks fast compared to you it means you’re a sitting duck. The man can still throw but that may not be enough.

  22. backintheday99 says:
    I put up with Jets fans. Try that sometime.
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    Not a Jets fan at all, but after spending years in NYC, I am 100% sure Jets & Giants fans are nowhere near as insufferable as Steelers, Seahawks and Pats fans. By far the 3 worst fan bases in all of sports.

  23. “January 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    Watching Ben play it has become obvious that he won’t make it three more years without getting seriously hurt. When Brady looks fast compared to you it means you’re a sitting duck. The man can still throw but that may not be enough”
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    Hardly. Brady dinks and dunks, rarely throws deep and simply releases the ball faster in NE’s scheme so he appears faster. Ben works behind a better O’line so his sacks are way down and he’s able to throw deep more often with longer developing plays which appears slower.

  24. Good, I’m glad he is going to keep playing. He’s a fighter, a competitor, a great football player and the NFL quality will drop when he retires. He did some amazing things in their loss yesterday, yet he couldn’t overcome the poor coaching. He deserves better than Tomlin.

    Patriots fan.

  25. If he wants to survive 3 more seasons he might want to alter the cheeseburger and milkshake training regimen that he clearly employs from January through July.

    He used to be quick but his feet look like they’re moving in molasses now. That said, the man can still throw the ball on a dime.

  26. They should get rid of Tomlin. He’s not controlling his team. If he was, they wouldn’t have been talking past the Jags.

    As long as Ben is being protected in the pocket and his sack totals are less than 24 a year, he should be able to hold up for 3+ more seasons. What else is he doing?

  27. backintheday99 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    The Steelers were always a close 2nd to the Giants until the Perv came along. Rather have Eli than the HOF Ben. Who has more SB wins? Now I root against HIM.
    Then there is Haley. Also a Pittsburgh guy and an obvious alcoholic. Takes one to know one, so I know. He’s a complete tool.
    They deserve their collective dysfunction along with their HC who seems to be from the Andy Reid camp of clock management.
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    First, calling someone a “Perv” when you know nothing real about the person except a couple of unproven accusations, is completely out of line. Ben is a very good, religious, family man with three children and a wife he loves. He is also a very generous person who has donated to many causes; among them the donation of many, many Police Dogs to law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
    About the Super Bowl wins, Ben and Eli both have two, so you don’t know that much about Ben. Eli has been a fine QB and a good person, and Ben and Eli have similar stats over the years. Ben has a ton of come from behind wins, second only to Brady by a few. Ben took a team on his back yesterday with almost 500 yards and five TD’s but Tomlin’s onside kick prevented him from a chance to tie it up at the end.I think Ben has the edge over eli
    While I am not a Tomlin fan and he has more problems than clock management, and he cost the Steeler’s a chance for a win yesterday; he does have the second best win-loss record ( Belicheck first) in the NFL since he started coaching the Steelers. This is mostly because of Ben.
    The Steelers are not a dysfunctional organization and are widely recognized as one of the best organizations in the NFL. The Rooneys and the Maras are close-nit and have some intramarriage between the families, and the Giants are also a great football organization.
    I have not heard anything about Haley having an alcohol problem, but you should know better than me on that one. Haley is a Hot-Head and I agree he has to go; he could not even get along with Curt Warner. He will be gone soon!

  28. Mrkbuilders says:
    January 15, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Alternatively, does anyone doubt Brady eats, sleeps, breathes football? Like he is 100% serious about playing until he’s 45…and when he’s 44, he’ll be trying to figure out how to play even longer. He’s still one of the most intense players in the NFL and has always had more heart than guys with twice his natural ability(looking at you AR).
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    Yup. Agree. As a GB fan, my view of AR is changing, and changing rapidly. He’s an OK QB, but I’m sick and tired of his State Farm commercials and playboy/publicity seeking attitude. Seems like he’s more into himself with each passing day. I really don’t care if he plays next year in GB or not.

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    First, I don’t believe for one second you’re a life long Packers fan. Second, you say AR is an “Okay QB”. What????? The guy is one of the best QB’s in NFL history!! You and everyone else just witnessed what the Packers are without Aaron Rodgers at QB. He is as valuable to the Packers as any QB is to their team, including Tom Brady.
    You can hate his commercials all you want, but don’t question his commitment to football. The guy, by all accounts, is as motivated as any player in the league.
    Sometimes I wonder if posters like you realize how foolish they sound when they post garbage like this.

  29. How many SBs do Steelers’ fans think they would have won with Ben if they had BB coaching instead of Tomlin?

    With that talent, 6 more. Tomlin just can’t process information and arrive at logical outcomes based on trending, percentages, historical values. He just can’t.

  30. Ben played lights out football in the last part of the season, and will be in the HOF one day. They scored 42 points against Jax without the benefit of any turnover. Its too bad the defense played horribly and the coaches botched situational football playcalling, as that kept fans from seeing this powerful and entertaining offense, the best in the league right now, play again this season. Ben should be able to play at a high level for 3 more years. But I do agree with a prior poster that Haley, Butler, Porter and Lake need to get on with their life’s work. And Tomlin, who won’t be fired right now because Rooney shows too much loyalty, must ensure the team is more disciplined next year.

  31. We also want him to play for at least three more seasons.

    -Jacksonville Jaguars and the entire city of Jacksonville

  32. riverhorsey says:
    January 16, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Offense goes for 600 yards & 42 points against the number one defense in the league.
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    Did you watch the game? If you had, you would have noticed that they padded their stats in garbage time after the outcomes was long since decided.

  33. Become strained? It’s been strained since Haley got there.

    As for Ben, I really don’t see any way he plays three more years – nor do I think he wants to. I think he’s grown weary of all the divas and drama in his locker room. Aso a big part of his game (his mobility) has dropped off sharply in the last two seasons. I honestly think he’s just trying to take some of the heat off the team management by saying he’s committed for the foreseeable future.

  34. If Steelers make 1 big stop on 3rd down it couldve been different. Having said that, Ben looks like he can still sling it. Tomlin needs to get rid of cancers like Mitchell, and losers like Spence & Gay.

  35. Did you watch the game? If you had, you would have noticed that they padded their stats in garbage time after the outcomes was long since decided.
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    I did watch the game and this is not true. The Steelers passed on this team all day who supposably had the number 1 pass defense. It had nothing to do with garbage stats. The game was 28-21 at one point after being down 21-0. It was 42-35 at one point. How is that having an outcome that was long decided? The reality is the Steelers run d lost this game and the Steelers practically scored all day long after the 1st quarter.

  36. And Tomlin, who won’t be fired right now because Rooney shows too much loyalty, must ensure the team is more disciplined next year.
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    Agreed with your whole post. The Steelers D played their worst game of the season on the most important day of the year. It’s really unacceptable. It starts with Tomlin making some coaching changes and upgrading some positions on the defense in particular linebacker, secondary as spence and mitchell. We need guys who can stop the run and stop the screens, short passes. We had neither on Sunday.

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