“Nothing new” and “no driving reason” for Ben Roethlisberger’s absence

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made an unexpected headline on Wednesday with the news that, after showing up for the first 2018 OTA session, Roethlisberger has stayed away. So why isn’t he there?

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s “no driving reason” for the absence. The source added that there’s “nothing new” about Roethlisberger’s approach to the Organized Team Activities. Roethlisberger works out on his own and he remains in constant contact with the coaching staff, which doesn’t need him for the base installation.

The source said that Roethlisberger has done the same thing in past years. However, no reports surfaced of Roethlisberger being absent.

And last year, Roethlisberger spoke out about running back Le'Veon Bell‘s absence from the first practice of OTA season.

I wish he’d be here just because he’s one of the pieces to our puzzle,” Roethlisberger said. “I know he can’t participate because I don’t think he’s 100 percent healthy, but it would be nice to see him here just in terms of the chemistry and learning and being a part of this process. But obviously it’s up to him.”

While Roethlisberger once again was present for the first day of OTAs, he hasn’t been there since. Even if it’s consistent with his preparations from past years, it’s safe to safe that nothing is amiss, because (unlike Patriots quarterback Tom Brady), Roethlisberger has no qualms about speaking his mind.

25 responses to ““Nothing new” and “no driving reason” for Ben Roethlisberger’s absence

  1. Didn’t they get a new O- coordinator this year???

    You would think that they should be on the same page early on huh?

  2. As a Steeler fan, all I gotta say is

    Those burgers don’t cook themselves haha

  3. Guys like Ben and Brady are beginning to see the game differently. They’re convinced that there is a different way, even better way to succeed long term and train while not burning out. They are either outliers or ahead of the old school. Organized sports has picked up well on using analytics but not on other aspects of management.

  4. .
    ”  it’s safe to safe that nothing is amiss, because (unlike Patriots quarterback Tom Brady), Roethlisberger has no qualms about speaking his mind.”

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    That’s pure conjecture with no basis in fact. Unless you are one of the Krafts, Belichick, Nick Casserio or agent Don Yee, you have no idea what Brady does or does not say. Just because he doesn’t keep a journal for media perusal, doesn’t mean he’s operating under a court ordered gag rule. There’s about a million things I would say to someone in a private setting that I would never air out publicly. Knowing that the Patriots and Brady have operated under the “What happens in Foxboro, stays in Foxboro” methodology for 18 years, it’s unlikely to change now.
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  5. But the press has been selling that the only starting QB to not be at OTA’s is Brady, and that it must be something disastrous at play, and the Patriots are no fun….etc.

    You know, all that focus and attention other than on Eli Manning defrauding the fans and the lack of an investigation or penalty.

  6. There’s dysfunction in the locker room! Players aren’t buying in! The Steelers are doomed to fail!

    … What? I thought that’s how we were supposed to react when at quarterback doesn’t show up to OTAs…

  7. It’s so funny how the Steelers’ fans put up with Little Ben and his yearly antics. They are such suckers and when they get their tails torn off by Jacksonville or NE they cry like babies and blame the refs. Steelers are in for a massive clobbering this year.

  8. Why this news? As noted he does this every year. Meanwhile Bradyand Gronks did not show for their OTAs but no story about them? Nice attempt to create a controversy where there is none. And apparently many clueless and jealous fans took the bait!

  9. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Why this news? As noted he does this every year. Meanwhile Bradyand Gronks did not show for their OTAs but no story about them? Nice attempt to create a controversy where there is none. And apparently many clueless and jealous fans took the bait!

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    Not sure if you have been living under a rock or suffering massive persecution complex, but every other story is about Brady and Gronk being absent and dissecting that organization. It’s frankly nauseating.

  10. “It’s so funny how the Steelers’ fans put up with Little Ben and his yearly antics. They are such suckers and when they get their tails torn off by Jacksonville or NE they cry like babies and blame the refs. Steelers are in for a massive clobbering this year.” ………………………………………………………………………………..Probably because of the two S.B rings and a third appearance. 31 out of 32 teams go home disappointed every year. In the Superbowl era The Steelers are the least to do so.

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