Ben Roethlisberger: I’m not 100 percent, but no one is


The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost three straight games. Their offense has scored less than 20 points in four straight games. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is responsible for seven turnovers over the team’s last five games with multiple turnovers in back-to-back losses to Buffalo last week and Cincinnati on Monday night.

With Roethlisberger being 38 years old and coming off an elbow injury that ended his season a year ago, it’s fair to wonder if Roethlisberger’s slip in performance has had something to do with injuries. But the Steelers and Roethlisberger himself won’t attribute any dip in performance to injuries.

Roethlisberger was asked after the 27-17 loss to the Bengals on Monday night if he’s 100 percent.

“Well I don’t think anybody that plays this game at any position whether it’s Week 1 or Week 16 feels 100 percent. So I would say, no, I don’t feel 100 percent, but nobody does right now,” Roethlisberger told reporters.

While Roethlisberger’s statement is accurate, it also does a good job of obscuring any issues he may currently be dealing with. He hasn’t practiced on Wednesdays each of the last two weeks but the team has listed is absences as not injury related. He has been listed on the report every week since Week 11 with not injury related designations paired with knee and quadriceps issues.

Last week against the Bills, Roethlisberger completed 21-of-37 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Monday night against the Bengals, Roethlisberger was just 20-of-38 for 170 yards with a touchdown, interception and lost fumble. It’s the first time Roethlisberger has thrown for fewer than 200 yards in consecutive games since a three-game stretch over the final three weeks of the 2013 season

18 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: I’m not 100 percent, but no one is

  1. Keep playing like you are and we will be going into the playoff losing 5 in a row, on the way to a one and out in the playoff. Steelers better address the running game in the offseason. Ben is not a player you can expect to carry the team anymore.

  2. Here comes the excuse train. Can’t wait for the retirement crap from him in the off-season…..

  3. Not unlike someone else I know, Little Ben is perfectly happy to drag this team down the sewer along with his ruinous career. It is the mark of a selfish, narcissist who never took responsibility for anything. Now it’s all coming crashing down and it’s too late to fix it.

  4. Lol. Said he wouldn’t make it whole season and steeler fans were in denial. Well how does it look now. He is done

  5. Not too sure about Tomlin’s objectivity. Johnson gets benched for being ineffective, and comes back and plays better. Ben just gets chance after chance until it costs them a game.

    I know the pickings are slim behind Ben, but I also know that was the Bengals. Rudolph is hot garbage, but Ben has been hot garbage, too, for the last five games. May as well get ahead of it.

  6. The decline of Roethlisberger isn’t exactly that much of a surprise. Just because there have been a few outliers recently in terms of quarterbacks playing well after the age of 35, it doesn’t mean that it should be expected for all of them.
    He’s coming off of a significant arm injury, coupled with his age, and marked decrease in mobility, it’s to be expected that he isn’t what he once was. This should be his last year with the Steelers, and if it isn’t, Pittsburgh needs to find a replacement this offseason. (After the train wreck of last year, the question should have been already answered).
    Whether through the draft, trade or free agency, the team needs to move on before the prime of key players starts to end.

  7. Ben is not seeing the field very well. I mean if he looks like this vs the Bengals he might be done

  8. A lot of aging quarterbacks fall off of a cliff late in the season. Roethlisberger has never been a guy who takes care of his body like a Tom Brady type. He’s probably running on fumes at this point.

  9. We witnessed this back in 1983. Terry Bradshaw came off elbow surgery, looked good to start the season and was never able to finish the season. And Bradshaw was three years younger at the time.

    Granted medicine has improved since 1983 but no medicine beats father time. It’s time for Ben to hang them up.

    Tomlin better do something about Juju as well. Dancing on the other teams logo before games is childish, stupid and unsportsmanlike.

    This team needs a QB, RB, new offensive line and most of all a REAL offensive coordinator. Fichtner is horrible.

  10. Like someone else we know, this guy blames others for his complete meltdown. How many times did he turn the ball over or throw garbage in the air? I’ve been saying this all along and I’m sure millions of others feel the same way.

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