Mike Tomlin: We’re comfortable with “strong possibility” Ben Roethlisberger returns in 2020

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made it clear on Tuesday that “our level of expectations in terms of level of our performance will not change and has not changed” because of the injury.

While Mason Rudolph will be responsible for steering the offense in pursuit of those expectations, Roethlisberger said in a statement on Monday that he plans to return for the 2020 season after having elbow surgery and recovering from his injury. Tomlin declined to delve into details of Roethlisberger’s injury on Tuesday, but did say that the team shares Roethlisberger’s belief that he can come back next year.

“He fully intends to come back from his injury, and everything we’ve heard, we’re comfortable that’s a strong possibility,” Tomlin said, via ESPN.com.

Recovery from injuries can take unexpected turns and the same is true of the best-laid plans of NFL teams and players, so one can’t say with much certainty what will happen come 2020 until the next 14 games have been played. Rudolph’s work will weigh heavily in those games and perhaps the futures of both quarterbacks as well.

21 responses to “Mike Tomlin: We’re comfortable with “strong possibility” Ben Roethlisberger returns in 2020

  1. Is saying what he has to say and the team wants him to say. Ben will not come back if it requires a long painful rehab unless of course he gets some of Bradys magic pills.

    A lot will depend on the performance of Rudolph. So pop some corn and watch.

  2. For what? Ben is not winning another SB. Unless you just want him to pad his stats to improve his HOF votes. Ride with Rudolph and get into Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes in 2021 if you need to.

  3. The rest of the AFC is really hoping Tomlin is back, because that guarantees more underachieving for the Steelers

  4. Of course Big Ben will return in 2020. He knew his elbow was tender when he demanded that contract extension. He wants the money.

  5. Say what you will about him outside the lines but inside them Roethlisberger has carved out a HoF career for himself. If he’s able to continue of course Pitt would be comfortable having him, better than 2/3’s of the teams in this league would be happy to have a healthy Roethlisberger under center.

  6. “He fully intends to come back from his injury, and everything we’ve heard, we’re comfortable that’s a strong possibility and I’ll be waiting here with my pom poms cheering him on because i’m the Head Cheerleader” Tomlin said, via ESPN.com.

  7. The rest of the AFC is really hoping Tomlin is back, because that guarantees more underachieving for the Steelers

    You really know nothing of Tomlins record. I suggest you look it up and come back and apologize for your obtuse comment. Pay attention to facts.

  8. Tomlin should worry about his own job, With Ben out this will likely be a bust year which may actually benefit Tomlin.

    It will be very interesting if they go 0-4 or 0-5 against weaker teams due to poor coaching of Tomlin

  9. Mike Tomlin – So articulate, yet absolutely no clue on how to beat Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots even with 6 months to prepare. Same with Jacksonville Jags. Two weeks to prepare for a playoff game, and completely overmatched and out-coached. Mr. Tomlin, your time with the Steelers in coming to an end.

  10. He’s hoping Ben can come back and save his job. The Steelers will be lucky to win two games (vs. the Bungles) this year. This will be yet another stellar coaching job.

  11. Anyone else rooting for Mason Rudolph to play well and take the Job so we can finally be rid of the rapist big Ben?

  12. I wonder if all the Steeler hater’s here actually pay attention to their own teams. Hard to imagine considering how quickly they post their hate on a Steelers article.

  13. Many commenters are dogging out Tomlin which may be justified. I however, as a Jets fan would take his record any day. The Jets are such a terrible franchise and have gone though so many coaches most of whom were forgettable. The Steelers have impressive continuity from a coaching standpoint so be careful what you wish for. There were numerous head coaching jobs available this year and would any Steelers fan actually prefer one of the coaches who got hired? Gase? How about Gruden from last year? Please, it’s not the coach!

  14. “our level of expectations in terms of level of our performance will not change and has not changed”

    Translation: Losing Little Ben won’t make a bit of difference. We knew we were imploding last year when we had to pray that the Browns would save our sorry souls. We are in the AFCN basement and will stay there all season.

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