Tomlin may not be thrilled with Roethlisberger’s OTA comments

AP

Mike Tomlin can’t be happy with Ben Roethlisberger right now.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger justified his absence from Organized Team Activities by explaining, “If coach asked me to be here every day, I would be here every day but they haven’t asked me to do that.” From Tomlin’s perspective, that’s a problematic statement, on several levels.

First, it potentially implies that Roethlisberger and Tomlin have communicated regarding whether the quarterback should participate in voluntary offseason workouts, which in turn potentially implies that Tomlin has had those communications with other players. Which suggests that Tomlin has privately said things to players indicating that the voluntary workouts aren’t voluntary.

Second, if Tomlin never engages in such communications because of the rules and realities of voluntary workouts, it represents an unfair characterization of Tomlin’s wishes. Most coaches want all players to be present for all workouts, voluntary or not. Tomlin may not say it because he knows he can’t.

Third, regardless of whether Tomlin and Roethlisberger did or didn’t have the conversation about the quarterback’s participation, the explanation bolsters the perception that Tomlin isn’t as buttoned up as he should be. Given the team’s clumsy, unprepared approach at the end of last season’s critical Week 15 loss to the Patriots, Tomlin already seems like a guy who maybe isn’t as obsessed with details as he should be, and as other coaches are. By painting a picture of nonchalance in Tomlin, Roethlisberger’s comments do nothing to counter that dynamic.

So Tomlin may not be thrilled with this development — unless of course he didn’t want Roethlisberger at the OTA sessions so that the reps could be used to help develop Roethlisberger’s potential long-term replacement. Even so, Roethlisberger’s candor creates unfortunate optics for his coach.

32 responses to “Tomlin may not be thrilled with Roethlisberger’s OTA comments

  1. Trouble in paradise! Come on, media. Play out this comments for the next 8 months and keep saying the same things in different ways, ad nauseum, daily. And, don’t forget the half-truths, ignoring facts,a and the conjecture!

    lmao

  2. Tomlin has never had control of the team. Why they have problems every year with playoffs. With the talent they should have won super bowl a least one if not two or three in last 5 years

  3. There is always so much unnecessary drama with these guys. The “Killer B’s” are never gonna lead this team anywhere. They’re all selfish me-first non-leaders who are more worried about self recognition and stat padding than anything. It’s as if they don’t want to help their team make Super Bowls, it’s like they want their team to help them make Pro Bowls. Every time Ben struggles, he makes dramatic controversy inciting comments. Any time they’re winning a game but Antonio Brown isn’t getting the stats he wants, he’ll throw a tantrum and act like a baby. Bell turns down $45 mil guaranteed then pouts about being “disrespected” and starts posturing for next years hold outs right before the playoffs begin, despite the fact he just got paid $13-14 mil to carry his team to the 20th ranked rush attack in the league.

    These guys are a joke. They’re not a team, they’re a collection of individual talent with no cohesion, coached by a man who couldn’t scheme his way through a game of tic-tac-toe. These guys are already DOA in 2018.

  4. ahummler72 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Tomlin is a tool.

    4 1 Rate This

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    Well, so are you. You’d make a good pair as tools.

  5. “First, it potentially implies that … which in turn potentially implies that … Which suggests that …

    Wow, you guys are really reaching here.

  6. I’m ready for a complete do over in Steeler land. Coach, QB, RB, and WR. It’s getting old.

    Who’s with me?

  7. I been a Steeler fan for 40yrs and I’ll be the 1st to say that a large percentage of our fans are crybabies. Every other day you want Coach T out for some dumbass reason, mean while he has one of the highest winning percentages of any coach with 10 plus yrs.. Go be a Browns fan and complain about them you babies..

  8. this is overthink – all it really says is Roehtlisberger is too stupid to know the rules he signed off on.

  9. Tomlin needs to worry about getting better at his job, before worrying about Ben, who’s been pretty damn good at his job.

  10. With the money these players are making, there shouldn’t be any “voluntary” practices. Like the rest of us who earn a tiny fraction of what they earn, they should be putting in at least 40 hours a week, with a lousy one week vacation (two weeks after 35 years of service and no sick days taken), and a cheap Cross pen for a retirement bonus.

  11. ddowzer – it’s funny how guys like you act like they have regular season success BECAUSE of Tomlin, as opposed to the fact that they just have a lot of talent (and get 2 token wins every season by playing the Browns). The fact is no matter who was on the sidelines, they would win the games they won. But EVERY SINGLE TIME the team needs a schematic advantage, every time the game goes from checkers to chess or whatever cliche you wanna use, Tomlin is outmatched time after time after time. Yeah they’ve been good, but they should have been GREAT. And Tomlin’s lack of discipline, preparation and control is one of the primary reasons they never elevated to that status with multiple chances to do so. If you don’t see that, you’re BLIND and CLUELESS. Simple as that.

  12. I think there should be special OTA for coaches like Trippy who trip players during a game. Gotta work on that technique.

    🙂

  13. How many years has this dude been in the league? And he still doesn’t get how to talk to the media without saying anything. Who exactly are the leaders on this team? It’s not the WR. Certainly not the RB. It’s beyond shocking that they continue to win in spite of the fact the team is full of selfish, egotistical drama queens.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    ahummler72 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm
    Tomlin is a tool.

    4 1 Rate This

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    Well, so are you. You’d make a good pair as tools.
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    41-33!

  15. It’s beyond shocking that they continue to win in spite of the fact the team is full of selfish, egotistical drama queens.
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    That’s why it’s NOT shocking that year after year, they stop winning the second it actually matters.

  16. I’m supportive of players in OTAs since they’re optional. However, Ben is not just some player. He’s the quarterback and the leader of the team. He should be there for his teammates and set a good example for the younger guys. What message does that send when even the leader of the offense and team just blows off the practices while they’re running gassers?

  17. Wow! In two days, Brown the Clown and Little Ben have both infuriated Tomlin with their selfish, diva-like remarks. If it were Belichick, they’d both be spending the entire season on the bench watching the rest of the team try to win at least ONE playoff game.

  18. ddowzer says:
    June 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    I been a Steeler fan for 40yrs and I’ll be the 1st to say that a large percentage of our fans are crybabies. Every other day you want Coach T out for some dumbass reason, mean while he has one of the highest winning percentages of any coach with 10 plus yrs.. Go be a Browns fan and complain about them you babies..

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    He has a high winning % because he plays in the cream-puff AFC North. What is is winning % against the Patriots?

  19. Tomlin has a job because he inherited a franchise QB.
    His winning percentage (which everyone likes to use as the number one stat for this douche to keep his job)
    is based on having extreme level talent at key positions.

    A future HOF QB doesn’t hurt.

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