Ben Roethlisberger: I don’t think our window’s closed

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will return and expects the Steelers to be back, too.

I’ll be back and feel good,” Roethlisberger told reporters after Sunday’s win over the Bengals, via video from Chase Williams of WPXI. “We’ve got guys that just got better. We’ve got young guys who just kept getting better — guys like JuJu [Smith-Schuster], and I think James Conner. Guys that are just going to keep getting better. So I don’t think our window’s closed.”

Roethlisberger campaigned to keep things together as much as possible for next season despite the disappointment of the past couple of seasons.

He apparently doesn’t need any time this year to contemplate his future as he did after last season’s home loss to the Jaguars in the divisional round of the postseason.

“I’ve got one year left on my contract,” Roethlisberger said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “As long as [center] Maurkice Pouncey is back, I’ll be back.”

The Steelers haven’t played in a Super Bowl since the 2010 season. They (likely) will miss the postseason for the first time in five seasons. (The Steelers actually — technically — aren’t dead yet. They still can get into the postseason as a wild-card team if the Titans and Colts tie tonight.)

Pittsburgh needed the Browns to beat the Ravens to clinch the division title, and many of the Steelers stayed on the field watching the end of that game after their game ended. They left Heinz Field with only themselves to blame, having lost four of their last six games.

“You want to win a Super Bowl every year. Every team does,” Roethlisberger said. “Only one team gets to. We made the playoffs the last few years, so we got a little spoiled in that sense.

“We actually got a little spoiled because we went to a lot of Super Bowls early, right? So we kind of thought we were going to do it every year, or every other year, or every third year. It’s not that easy. Look at teams who have never been there, or teams how long it takes them between Super Bowls or playoff runs. But we still strive for that every year.”

35 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: I don’t think our window’s closed

  1. When you lose to two teams that are below .500, yeah, your window is closed. You can thank your do-nothing coach for that.

  2. Nothing like one awesome TD and three amazing FGs against a totally decimated Bengals’ team to prove how formidable you’ll be next season. Steelers will have their hands full just splitting the series with the Browns.

  3. “We actually got a little spoiled because we went to a lot of Super Bowls early, right?”

    THREE, Ben, you’ve been to three in 13 years.

    A “lot” would be, say, EIGHT, which is how many Tom Brady has been to.

  4. There’s always some sort of drama and trauma in Pittsburgh. They have really underachieved and it’s frustrsting to watch.

  5. The Steelers haven’t played in a Super Bowl since the 2010 season.

    ONE Super Bowl since 2010 with all the talent they’ve had? How is that acceptable to the Steelers’ front office? Look how many years they wasted with a do-nothing coach. He was fortunate to have teams with lots of good players and has ridden their coat-tails all these years. If he were even half-way competent they’d have a few more Super Bowl titles. As soon as Ben retires everyone will see how bad of a coach Tomlin is. They’ll have a bunch of years below .500 before they eventually fire him. By then they would have wasted a decade and a half with him on the sidelines.

  6. Hey Big Ben it’s been fun, but I think Mason Rudolph’s window in opening more and more, who knows what’s gonna come out, but as an optimistic fan who sees a good young nucleus of young talented players that’ll be around Mason, he should do okay, growing pains aside. I’m looking forward to the future.

  7. I would love to pile on as a Patriots fan but this is still a very talented team. The buck stops with Mike Tomlin but I do not see the Steelers parting ways with him. Who would you bring in its not like there are a ton of great Head Coaches out there.

    Management need to sit down and tell Tomlin you personally need to tweak what you are doing because these losses are mainly on him. Roethlisberger is still good enough to get this team to a Super Bowl.

  8. When they did make the playoffs they lost to Blake Bortles at home giving up over 40 points and lost to Tim Tebow. Let that sink in.!!! What a clown show, Hof QB and six probowlers and trip tomlin!

  9. whenwilliteverend says:
    December 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    The Steelers haven’t played in a Super Bowl since the 2010 season.

    ONE Super Bowl since 2010 with all the talent they’ve had? How is that acceptable to the Steelers’ front office? Look how many years they wasted with a do-nothing coach. He was fortunate to have teams with lots of good players and has ridden their coat-tails all these years. If he were even half-way competent they’d have a few more Super Bowl titles. As soon as Ben retires everyone will see how bad of a coach Tomlin is. They’ll have a bunch of years below .500 before they eventually fire him. By then they would have wasted a decade and a half with him on the sidelines.

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    The Steelers have the second most wins this decade so far behind the Patriots, yes they underachieve, but there’s obviously something going more right then wrong haha.

  10. It’s not over!….was it over when the German’s bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no it’s not over!!!

    Ben, it’s over! and the German’s never bombed Pearl Harbor, it was the Russian’s……okay thanks coach Tomlin.

  11. The Steelers window for this year isn’t all the way shut just yet, there’s still a twinkle of hope, if the Titans and Colts tie the Steelers would back into the playoffs.

  12. Shinnbone says:

    December 30, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    It’s not over!….was it over when the German’s bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no it’s not over!!!

    Ben, it’s over! and the German’s never bombed Pearl Harbor, it was the Russian’s……okay thanks coach Tomlin.

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    I can picture John Belushi in the Steelers locker room giving that speech!

  13. Big Bum was able to hang a SWEET, SWEET 16 points in a HOME GAME against the VERY WORST DEFENSE in the entire NFL. His early pick six was playoff form for him. Sigh. The Steelers have 3 playoff wins in the past 8 seasons. They will not sniff another Super Bowl until Trip Tomlin and Big Bum are gone.

  14. The window is not closed for this team. The offense is capable of winning the superbowl its the defense that needs changes to take the next step. Mike Tomlin needs to draft better on the defensive side. Linebacker and secondary is still a position this team can upgrade.

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