Mike Tomlin: It’s reasonable to assume there’s a chance Ben Roethlisberger returns

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Ben Roethlisberger didn’t look like a man who was planning on playing in 2021 in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s loss to Cleveland.

Between the tears and lingering on the bench, Roethlisberger seemed like he was done. But he said the now wasn’t the time to have the retirement discussion in his postgame press conference.

Roethlisberger is under contract for next season, but carries a high cap charge of $41.25 million that becomes official on March 17.

But at least on Wednesday, Roethlisberger’s head coach wasn’t pushing him out the door.

“I don’t have a clear assessment of the overall impact of the cap ramifications, so I might not have a direct answer to your question. But I think it’s reasonable to assume that there’s a chance that he’s going to be back, certainly,” Mike Tomlin said during his press conference. “The depth of the ramifications of the cap discussions, I am not privy to as I sit here right now.”

Tomlin also credited Roethlisberger for making it through the season healthy, as there were plenty of questions about his surgically repaired right elbow holding up. That injury caused him to miss 14 games in 2019. The quarterback finished the season completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,803 yards with 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

But given the cap implications and the fact that Roethlisberger will turn 39 next May, there’s plenty for both he and the Steelers to figure out heading into 2021.

14 responses to “Mike Tomlin: It’s reasonable to assume there’s a chance Ben Roethlisberger returns

  1. OC Randy Fichtner’s gotta go. Those guys can’t block or run, and the opposing defenses generally know what the play is by the way they line up. No imagination, no strategy.

  2. coach you’re not going to win many games having ben throw 60-70 times. mix in a run game.

    just sayin.

  3. It’s also reasonable to assume if the Steelers wheel out Big Ben’s tired carcass next year they have no chance.

  4. Would the Steelers cut him ? Would he go to another team ? I think he will be back as starter. They will get the running game figured out.

  5. How could we now a lot of about their cap situation, and he does not. More Coach T using lots of words to say little.

  6. stucats says:
    January 13, 2021 at 1:05 pm
    The rest of the division is happy if Ben comes back next season.

    How so? Ben was 4-1 against the division.

  7. Not a Steelers fan but I gotta say, Ben is fun to watch. Your OC seems to be the problem, not your QB. That quick release and accuracy are wasted on schemes and play designs that are going nowhere.

  8. Uncharted territory for the Steelers. The one downside to having a HoF QB is that it’s inevitably a shock for a team when they suddenly can’t count on the most important position in all of sports. Worse, there’s an enormous element of luck in finding the guy to lead your offense for a decade (or two in Ben’s case).

  9. It’s also reasonable to assume the Steelers will have yet another late-season collapse under Tomlin’s sorry leadership.

  10. Fichtner was the problem from an offensive standpoint. Notice when Ben was running the two minute offense, or taking command, the team played better.

    They also need a strong running back, I love James Connor, but he just is not a starting RB that takes control of a game.

    Firing all the coaches that they did is just a way to hide the fact that next season may just be the last for Tomlin if they don’t perform.

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