Ben Roethlisberger: If coach asked me to be here every day, I would


Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t in attendance for several recent OTA sessions, but he was back at practice with his Steelers teammates on Wednesday.

Word was that there was “no driving reason” for Roethlisberger’s absence and that he was in regular contact with the coaching staff as they worked on installing base concepts for players with less experience than Roethlisberger. On Wednesday, Roethlisberger basically confirmed that was the case while adding that he also had a family vacation planned before the team’s offseason schedule was released.

“If coach asked me to be here every day, I would be here every day but they haven’t asked me to do that,” Roethlisberger said, via “I’ve worked with [offensive coordinator] Randy Fichtner for eight years now, so it’s not like he’s a new guy coming in that work is necessary. So, we’ve got a lot of same guys back on offense. A lot of the stuff is plays that we’ve been doing before a lot of guys got here, that I’ve been doing a long time.”

The Steelers have their final OTA on Thursday and close out the offseason with next week’s mandatory minicamp.

19 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: If coach asked me to be here every day, I would

  1. Seems the Stillers Divas have had enough of Tomlin not being a HC but a cheerleader. Double edge sword.

  2. While the OTA is voluntary, it still took place, which means his coaches likely wanted him to be there. Love that Ben speaks his mind, but sometimes he just doesn’t make any sense.

  3. What if a coach asked you to go into a bathroom alone?

    What if a coach asked you to stay out of Canada because, you know, they burned down the Whitehouse in 1812?

    Sorry, had to throw in the 2nd one. Funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

  4. Pretty well-known that Roethlisberger’s had a family trip planned since before OTAs (even this article mentions it). He reiterated that he’d be present if the team insisted. They don’t seem to be, so he’s choosing to spend time with his family. Stop the presses — it’s a controversy.

  5. Any glory the Steelers have had in the last 20 years, they owe to Ben and not Mike Tomlin.


    Anyone who’s actually watched the games

  6. Ben, the coach can’t ask you to be at OTAs every day because they’re voluntary and he would get in trouble with the NFL if he did that. I think by now you should know that the coaches prefer that every player be there, though. And that family vacation jazz is ridiculous. Everybody knows approximately which weeks the OTAs will take place every year. You scheduled your vacation for a time that you knew would be at the same time as OTAs.

  7. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    June 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    ^What an absurd comment. Ask anyone on the team: He is their leader. He’s a primary reason for the Steelers winning 2 Super Bowls in his era.

    If you ask Seahawks fans and indeed many others they will tell you the refs gave them one of them!

  8. The other QBs, especially Rudolph and Dobbs, need the extra work a lot more than Ben does. Same for the WRs behind Brown, give that work to the new guys who are going to need all they can get. No need to risk injuries for either one of them and they won’t play much in the preseason either. Nothing to see here, if I were the coach I’d have told them not to practice anyways.

    Go Steelers!

  9. mmmpierogi says:
    June 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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    I love how I’m getting down’d for this.

    FWIW, I also think it’s laughable that people latch on to Gronk, Brady, AB, etc., for not being at OTAs. But go ahead and act like it’s the end of the world if these guys aren’t there. Assuming these guys are around once the pads go on, no one’s going to remember.

  10. Tomlin doesn’t ask him because he brings nothing but unwanted drama to the field. Why the Steelers don’t unload this diva is beyond me. Each year, they get more and more humiliated in the playoffs. This past season, they couldn’t win a single playoff game. And don’t even bring up the Superbowls. The refs gave them the one against Seattle and the Cardinals were the weakest team in history to ever make it all the way. And they nearly beat the Steelers.

  11. Good for you Ben……just keep telling it like it is! I’m sure that Tomlin has not the seeds to tell you to ‘show up or else’. I seriously doubt that Tomlin has any seeds at all.

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