Mike Tomlin: I thought it was funny that Big Ben retiring was seemingly a story this weekend

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ESPN made some headlines this weekend with a report that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is going to retire, but the story didn’t make Steelers coach Mike Tomlin do anything other than laugh.

Tomlin smirked when asked about the report after today’s game, saying that it just hasn’t been something they’re focused on in a locker room where everyone knows that there are more immediate concerns.

“Ben doesn’t allow it to become an issue,” Tomlin said. “Ben has been pretty solid in terms of his expressions that he’s singularly focused on what we’re doing now. He’ll deal with those things on the other side of his journey, and I’m with him on it. So it’s not a distraction. I thought it was funny that it was seemingly a story this weekend, to be honest with you.”

Roethlisberger had one of his better games of the season in today’s win over the Ravens, completing 21 of 31 passes for 236 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s at the tail end of his career, but for now the Steelers are trying to earn a playoff berth, and that’s their sole focus.

26 responses to “Mike Tomlin: I thought it was funny that Big Ben retiring was seemingly a story this weekend

  1. Seeing Big Ben on the sideline with towel when not in possession he always looks sad.
    Somehow they pulled only off and his prayer at the end was pure relief. Steelers offence has been largely unimpressive.

  2. Play well enough to get in the playoffs, then make a run towards the title. Honestly, isn’t that the goal of every player on every team? I guess some do a better job than others at ignoring the distractions that come their way.

  3. I thought he looked like he was mentally checked out but maybe it’s really just his lack of him taking care of his fitness that’s finally catching up to him. He’s not the only issue with the Steelers but he’s been looking so sluggish out there. So if he isn’t checked out mentally and if he’s not retiring this year, he should probably work out just a bit more. Less beer, less golf, more yoga and shuffle drills.

  4. I remember when Ben threw 34 tds and 16 ints a few yrs ago and the media said he was done and should retire because he was hurting the team. Lamar Jakson has 16 tds to 13 ints just a few games past the halfway point and the media talks about him like he is the Ravens savior.

    Ben was a mvp candaidate at the halfway when they were 11-0 and soon as they lost a few the media said he needed to retire lol.

    Do not be shocked when he is back behind center next season folks!

  5. Ben was unstoppable in the 4th qtr, when it was winning time. I’d like to know if Touchback6 actually is a fan of some team, or just trolls Steelers stories. The Pats fans who obviously are looking for reason to take out their frustration of losing Brady, amuse me.

  6. Seems to that coach should hope he retires.

    You really don’t know much about football or the Steelers. Are you new to this country ?

  7. Even Ben at the end of his career can still outduel Lamar from the pocket when the game matters most… cheers to another early playoff exit Baltimore

  8. You really don’t know much about football or the Steelers. Are you new to this country ?

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    Actually no, I’m old enough to remember when the Steelers were last insignificant son (the Sixties). And I am amazed at steeler fans who trash their excellent coach whenever a season turns poorly and now, when the old QB himself admits he’s lost it (time to retire) they get indignant when others take him at his word. Take off your goggles or you’ll be unprepared for the future.

  9. I don’t know, last time I checked the Steelers were still ahead of the Browns and probably will finish ahead of the Bengals too. They’ll make the playoffs as a wildcard and then have a miraculous run to the Super Bowl. It’s tradition.

  10. Big Ben will have delivered two coaches to the HOF. They’ll all be together some day, wearing their gold jackets.

  11. Tomlin > Noll Think about it. It’s completely true. He’s been successful for a long time in an era in which players come and go and talent is spread thinner amongst the league.

  12. Ben came into the season knowing that he was going to need his defense to help him at his age. The defense has not kept up their part of the bargain. The O line is young and banged up. He needs help from guys outside of Watt and Heyward.

  13. Ben just experienced his swan song, Mercy of God game, and as a Pats’ fan, I am thankful for it.
    Both teams looked like garbage.

  14. “Ben doesn’t allow it to become an issue.” Lol!!! It’s all about Ben – all of the time. Always has been, always will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben himself whispered in someone’s ear about being done.

  15. Maybe I’m wrong, but it feels like someone is telling Jackson to play from the pocket more – which is something he needs to get used to. He’s not fleeing the pocket and running as much as he has been, and we can see the INTs to show for it.

    I think Jackson will be fine, but it’s an odd thing – they’ve been riding on his running ability the last few years, but now he needs to be in the pocket more. I get it, but there’s obviously a learning curve for him.

  16. I don’t have goggles on ….son. I have been saying all along Ben needs to retire and a rebuild is coming. I believe Tomlin is a great coach so you are hardly telling me anything I didn’t already know. I am enjoying the painful demise of Ben as it makes you appreciate him even more.

  17. Tomlin > Noll Think about it. It’s completely true. He’s been successful for a long time in an era in which players come and go and talent is spread thinner amongst the league.
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    Keep telling yourself that as Tomlin continually wins 10 games only to get wiped out in the Wild Card round every year.

  18. I’m a fan of the guy and the eye test tells you this is his last season. He’s always been too big and he’s starting to calcify. Whatever Brady is doing to beat Father Time, Ben never did. If this was the 70’s, he would have fit right in with a cigarette dangling from his mouth on the sidelines during the game.

  19. I’m surprised people aren’t talking about the Raven’s decision to go for a 2-point conversion.

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