Ben Roethlisberger hopes to keep his offensive line in place

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So how long will Ben Roethlisberger stay with the Steelers? Possibly only as long as Maurkice Pouncey does.

“He’s a guy my career hinges on because he means that much to me,” Roethlisberger said last week, via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “As long as he’s around, I’ll be around.”

Amid reports (obvious ones) that the Steelers will try to extend Roethlisberger’s contract, which has one year remaining on it, there’s another contract with one year left on it that the Steelers need to address.

“They can come to me tomorrow and say we want to get your deal done,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll say, ‘Get Pouncey done first.’ That’s only because I want to make sure he’ll be here.”

Roethlisberger also reached for the current Three Rivers third rail when assessing Pouncey’s value to the team: “I voted for him for MVP. I couldn’t do anything without him.”

The quarterback’s broader objective is to keep the offensive line together, along with offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who could be leaving to coach the Broncos. And for good reason; Roethlisberger has seen good times and bad times on the offensive line. Before Munchak they weren’t good. Before Pouncey they were downright pathetic.

“I pray that fans write as many letters as they can to Mr. [Art] Rooney to keep coach Munchak around,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s such a special coach. When the linemen are happy and love to play for their coach, they play better.”

Roethlisberger also wants guard Ramon Foster to return.

“I told Ramon I’m going to do everything I can to get him back,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s a mainstay. I don’t think he missed a snap all season. He’s smart. He’s a leader on this team. He and Pouncey are thick as thieves. I would fight for any of those guys.”

It’s no surprise that Roethlisberger has a high degree of loyalty to those who block for him. Making it even more noteworthy are the reports suggesting he may not feel the same way about at least one of his pass catchers.

16 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger hopes to keep his offensive line in place

  1. Of course he does they keep his fat arse from trouble. The guy gets more time to throw then anyone in the league. Otherwise, he is an average QB. The GM’s also find the best receivers they can as well to complement him.

  2. dougchillin says:
    January 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm
    Leveon Bell is probably going to find out how valuable a line can really be.
    Indy has a pretty good line

  3. Take the money they don’t have to pay for Bell and Brown and invest it in the line. Then get a WR and RB in the draft. Any other money left over should go into the secondary. They are terrible.

  4. Munchak is well respected and is like Tony Sparano to the Vikings offensive line. If TS never passed away, the Vikings probably would have made the Playoffs. That’s how important a good coach can be to a player.

  5. That would be great, but Ramon Foster said that “they’ll have to throw an (expletive) of money” at him to get him to stay or something to that effect so not sure if he wants to continue in Pittsburgh or test FA? but Ben is right, Pouncey was clutch all season they need him on that offensive line it’s paramount to try and keep that O-line together they were 1 of the best this regular season

  6. dougchillin says:
    Leveon Bell is probably going to find out how valuable a line can really be

    nathanp2013 says:
    Indy has a pretty good line

    Indianapolis does have a pretty good line. It also has a pretty good feature back in Marlon Mack, who is younger, has much less wear and tear, and will cost the Colts significantly less money than Le’Veon Bell is going to demand.
    If I’m the Colts, and if it comes down to overpaying Bell, or keeping Mack and having enough money to find him a competent running mate while still upgrading other positions, I’m telling Bell to look elsewhere for work.

  7. He really hopes the refs will continue to ignore all the holding and hands to the face. Otherwise, that offensive line is mashed potatoes.

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