Mike Tomlin: Steelers are proceeding with the assumption that Ben Roethlisberger is retired

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Although Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t made a formal retirement announcement, there’s little doubt that he has played his last game.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged today that the plan is that Roethlisberger will not be a Steeler in 2022.

“We are proceeding with that assumption,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin said that Steelers backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins will be given an opportunity to show what they can do, but he made clear that nothing will be handed to either of them.

“Both guys, Mason and Dwayne, have had their moments, but they’ll have to prove that,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin said he and General Manager Kevin Colbert will talk about finding quarterbacks in free agency and the draft.

“All options are on the table,” Tomlin said. “I enjoy working with Kevin this time of year.”

Whatever direction they go in to find a new quarterback, Tomlin and Colbert will be making perhaps the most important personnel decision the Steelers have made since they drafted Roethlisberger.

70 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Steelers are proceeding with the assumption that Ben Roethlisberger is retired

  1. I am preceding with the idea the 78 I shot in Florida 40 years ago will be lowest round ever, that my hair loss is not reversible and that I’ll never see the DUKES OF HAZZARD reruns on MeTV ever again.

  2. Wow. Couldn’t even wait for the guy to announce his retirement before making this remark. I thought a class organization like the Steelers would show more class than that.

  3. They have problems along the offensive line that need to be addressed, the D-line isn’t getting any younger either. Steelers are in full rebuild mode. At least they have the ownership that understands the process and won’t be looking to make rash moves the media and fans will ultimately be calling for by midseason next year.

  4. Says the HC who has been outscored 171-117 in his last four consecutive playoff losses …

  5. The Steelers should not have been in the playoffs this season. They were awful. I don’t know how they even got in.

  6. Mike, aka Capt Cliche, aka Playoff Participation Trophy Master, can we proceed with the assumption that you are leaving too? Take your OC with you. Thanks.

  7. “Steelers are proceeding with the assumption that Ben Roethlisberger is retired”

    So same as the last few years then.

  8. Big Ben and Mike Tomlin will always be part of Tebow’s playoff triumph. They can take solace in that.

  9. One thing is guaranteed, Colbert in his Last Draft and Tomlin, will go not the next couple of seasons without a Starting QB
    capable f winning 9 games. Their run of mediocrity continues as Masked Mike tells everyone “we like what we have.”😂🤣😂🤣

  10. It wouldn’t hurt them to purge their QB room (they’ve proven nothing), draft a developmental guy in the second or third round if they can’t get a good steal in the first. Maybe make a late round trade to KC for Chad Henne to keep the seat warm. Ben’s shoes will be hard ones to fill, but QB isn’t the only position they need severe help with. From what I saw their O-line did little to inspire confidence no matter who they put behind center.

  11. nhpats2011 says:
    January 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm
    Hey Mike….perhaps the Steelers would be interested in Jarrett Stidham!!!

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    No. According to some people he’s be worth 3 firsts.

  12. The Steelers don’t need to rush out and get a QB. I’d rather see them go through a few years of ‘We Stink’, get a high 1st round draft pick, and select a QB they really want. Tanking like that has always worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  13. Not a Steelers fan, but I love how fans are bashing Tomlin. You give this team a solid starting QB, and the Steelers are a legit threat. Ben unfortunately was the achilles heel for the Steelers, but I can also guarantee if Tomlin went on the market, he would be first priority for a lot of teams.

  14. Their answer at QB is already on the roster. Let the Mason Rudolph era begin. Don’t write off this kid yet.

  15. Build the offensive and defensive lines first. Then you can truly see what you have in your quarterbacks and make the appropriate decision.

  16. Consider Mitchell Trubisky, if you’re willing to design the offense around him – something that Matt Nagy was unable, or refused to do.

  17. Why wouldn’t they name their new GM now instead of saddling them with whatever Colbert decides to do? Unless they are definitely promoting from within… you’d think a new GM would want to be able to show their worth by picking the next QB for the team.

  18. andyreidsmustache says:
    January 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm
    It wouldn’t hurt them to purge their QB room (they’ve proven nothing), draft a developmental guy in the second or third round if they can’t get a good steal in the first. Maybe make a late round trade to KC for Chad Henne to keep the seat warm. Ben’s shoes will be hard ones to fill, but QB isn’t the only position they need severe help with. From what I saw their O-line did little to inspire confidence no matter who they put behind center.
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    Trade for Chad Henne? Really? Chad has been king of the dump offs when given a chance to play the last two seasons. Even Mason Rudolph has a slightly better completion percentage. Next you’ll want to bring in Cam Newton.

  19. The Bengals and Ravens have top QBs. If the Steelers want to compete, they need to move up in the draft.

  20. why is there no clarity from him? is he retiring or not? I see the drama queen pulling a Farve here…

  21. it’s the one very disappointing thing about how Ben has handled this diva BS is ok for a guy like rodgers to not be honest and up front but come on Ben quit playing this silly immature game .

  22. Mason Rudolph will be the starter next season. I’m not sure why anyone would think otherwise. They need to fix both lines before they can compete anyway. They’ll still probably win more games than the Browns, but that’s just life in the National Football League.

  23. People bag on Big Ben but even at his age he is still better than 2/3 of the QBs in the league. Without him, Pittsburgh is looking at a Top 5 pick in 2023.

  24. I don’t see the Steelers moving forward with Rudolph or Haskins. I could see them acquiring a QB through free agency or a trade, and maybe draft a guy who they can develop. It’s going to be weird not seeing Roethlisberger, but it’s time. He needs to say it out loud…either that he’s done or that he would like another year somewhere else.

  25. The way he got out in front of this before anything was announced by Big Ben sounds familiar to Arians “retirement” announcement from the team….

  26. typical Tomlin. Steeler fans are not surprised of what and when he says anything. Only outsiders think Tomlin is this great coach as well as Rooney. Fans would be happy to say we are moving on with out Tomlin.

  27. Why don’t the Steelers just tell Ben straight up, he is done here in Pittsburg? Is that too much to ask?

  28. Trade up, get the guy you want and build around him. Lots of pieces already in place. Avoid the retreads.

  29. I find interesting at this time without Ben, the Steelers most likely don’t make the playoffs next year, unless they make a move for Baker Mayfield. Seriously, Under Mike Tomlin Baker could be their next Franchise QB. What do they have to lose? What say you Steelers Nation?

  30. I’d love to see what the Steelers will do when Ben says he wants to play one more year.

  31. I am not a Steelers fan, but I am amazed at how many people are taking shots at Tomlin and the Steelers.
    The Steelers are easily one of the best organizations in the NFL. No one has more stability than they have. They’ve had 3 head coaches since 1969!!! That is beyond amazing!
    There are teams which have had more than that in 4 years!!!
    I have no doubt that the Steelers will rebuild this team back to a playoff caliber team in a short amount of time, regardless who their QB is.
    as for Mike Tomlin, say what you want about him, but he’s never had a losing season as a head coach!! How many coaches who’ve coached for 13 years can say that?
    It would be very foolish to dismiss the Steelers as “done” because Ben Roethlisberger is retiring. After all, Big Ben hasn’t been Big Ben for about 3 years now.

  32. Notable Father Time victims since people started claiming Brady was washed: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, Tony Romo, Ben Roebrhevsergrr.

    Starting to sweat: Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Carson Wentz, Andy Dalton, Sam Darnold

  33. I was a little surprised that his “All options are on the table” quote was the lead headline on ESPN.COM. Seems like a pretty generic statement 2 days into the offseason after your QB is likely done.

  34. Haskins will be given an opportunity and he will take advantage of it by showing up to camp 20 pounds overweight and forgetting the playbook

  35. for some reason they love Mason. no idea why. looks great in shorts in the summer i guess. We should make a play for Watson but then half the league would as well.

  36. Proceed with the assumption he’s done. He can decide himself if that means retired or not.

  37. raidersgreat says:
    January 18, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    People bag on Big Ben but even at his age he is still better than 2/3 of the QBs in the league. Without him, Pittsburgh is looking at a Top 5 pick in 2023.

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    Maybe they should just let that happen.

  38. Give Seattle your first 3 picks in 2022 and your first rounder in 2023 and TJ Watt for Russell Wilson.

  39. courbettheman says:
    January 18, 2022 at 2:08 pm
    Consider Mitchell Trubisky, if you’re willing to design the offense around him – something that Matt Nagy was unable, or refused to do.
    This, plus 1000. I’m a Trubisky fan and always felt bad about the way Nagy treated him in Chicago. I’d love to see what he can really do with a decent team.

  40. raidersgreat says:
    January 18, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    People bag on Big Ben but even at his age he is still better than 2/3 of the QBs in the league. Without him, Pittsburgh is looking at a Top 5 pick in 2023.
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    There are 32 NFL teams. “still better than 2/3” would mean he would rank #10 or higher right now.

    I’ll grant that he’s a better option that Mason Rudolph (clearly…), but he’s no where close to a top 10 NFL QB right now.

    In the old days aging QBs (even great ones like Johnny Unitas and John Brodie) were willing to stick around as a backup when their physical skills diminished and they were no longer the best option to start but were still valuable for their experience. Now days no one is willing to to do that. It’s “beneath them” or whatever. But that would have been the best role for him this year. He hasn’t been starting caliber since about 2/3 of the way through last season, the Steelers just didn’t have a better option on the roster and indulged him due to his status.

  41. Consider Mitchell Trubisky, if you’re willing to design the offense around him – something that Matt Nagy was unable, or refused to do.
    This, plus 1000. I’m a Trubisky fan and always felt bad about the way Nagy treated him in Chicago. I’d love to see what he can really do with a decent team.
    >>>
    Turbisky was a terrible draft call – not sure he will ever recover from that and the bears experience. he had his moments but it was few and far between. steelers need a proven winner or go to draft.

  42. The Steelers problem isn’t Big Ben. It’s the coach and the rest of the team. Ben is still an above average QB.

  43. “Wow. Couldn’t even wait for the guy to announce his retirement before making this remark.”

    If you watched Big Ben play last year and this year, you know that he is no longer the guy that can carry the team on his shoulders. So even if he doesn’t retire, the Steelers need a new QB.

  44. Look at all the zaniness in the league since the end of the season. Some front offices can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. But I think you can count on the Rooney family to do the right thing. This isn’t a dysfunctional organization with clueless ownership like the Giants, Bears, Raiders or Lions (oh my). They will analyze the situation and make the right decisions. They might stink for a year or two until they get the right man but they’ll be back. Ravens Fan

  45. I hate the Steelers, but with what they did last off season to their o-line, I thought Ben did one hell of a job.
    You have an old guy in his 40s, with limited mobility, and without any protection… Short passes and dink and dunk is going to be your offense.
    Truth is that Pittsburgh stopped drafting like old Pittsburgh, when Cower left.
    This is full rebuild time, and Tomlin isn’t going to do that well, so please keep coach Trip!

  46. Ya OK Ben, times up, come out with your family, cameras rolling and announce your done. Lets get it over with. Make it official. Your time is up, you milked it for all it was worth.

  47. Feels bad to say this as a Steelers fan but willing out and making the playoffs was the worst thing to happen to this team. It gives them a false sense of success when the team was not very good all season, bailed out by lucky breaks and a defense that kept them in the majority of their games. Not sure if Rudolph deserves an unquestioned chance but if a veteran QB becomes available for the right price, I’d jump on it. I’m not talking about another stiff like Matt Ryan, a younger guy like Jimmy G, Mariota, Trubisky, or Goff. They won’t be tied to them for years so they can freely develop a young QB but won’t have to go into a total panic if they don’t draft one they like.

  48. @ Christopher Allan

    Henne isn’t exactly terrible. He can be depended on in a pinch: which the Steelers are obviously in right now. They need to build a team around whatever QB they draft, and as of right now the QB market isn’t looking too hot for free agency. They’re smart enough to not go anywhere near Desean Watson, and Cam is obviously done.

  49. Don’t let the playoff cameo fool ya. The Steelers have the worst outlook of any team in that division.

  50. bd233 says:
    January 18, 2022 at 2:17 pm
    The Bengals and Ravens have top QBs.

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    Well, the Bengals do anyway….

  51. How about we let Big Ben make the official announcement of
    his retirement when he is good and ready. He has earned the privilege
    of going out on his own terms. Whether he makes his announcement tomorrow,
    next week or next month; it doesn’t change a thing.

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