New podcaster Ben Roethlisberger thinks Mitch Trubisky should start for the Steelers

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During his playing career, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger routinely made waves with his weekly appearances on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. His sessions made enough news, and ruffled enough feathers, that he eventually stopped doing them.

Now that he’s retired, he’s firing up the microphone again.

Via, the retired quarterback is a rookie podcaster. The show is called Footbahlin’.  He has a co-host who apparently goes only by Spence.

The first episode of the podcast, taped in Roethlisberger’s house, has landed. He taped it on Thursday night, while watching the Backyard Brawl.

Among other things, Ben Roethlisberger offered an opinion as to who should be the full-time starter not named Ben Roethlisberger since Ben first inherited the job in 2004.

“In my opinion, I think Mitchell Trubisky is the starter,” Roethlisberger said. “He should start. I think he’s a veteran, he’s been around for a while. He gives you, in my opinion, the best chance to win right now.”

Roethlisberger nevertheless praised Kenny Pickett, even if Roethlisberger thinks it makes sense for the rookie to sit and learn “for the time being.” Roethlisberger also expressed hope that the fans don’t boo Trubisky if he struggles, given the obvious affinity for the Pitt kid who has already heard his name being chanted during the preseason.

In 2004, Roethlisberger got the starting job in September, after veteran Tommy Maddox was injured. It never got to the point where former coach Bill Cowher had to decide whether to make a quarterback change.

It will be interesting to see what Roethlisberger has to say as the season unfolds, about the quarterback position and other issues. He sparked a reaction during training camp from Cam Heyward by suggesting that coach Mike Tomlin coddles young players. Chances are that Ben will say other things that move the needle, and that provoke a response.

If he doesn’t, what’s the point? For the same reason his 93.7 The Fan spots were must-listen, his podcast will be relevant only if he’s sharing thoughts that go against the grain of the narratives flowing from the organization.

10 responses to “New podcaster Ben Roethlisberger thinks Mitch Trubisky should start for the Steelers

  1. Ben hates Kenny because ownership forced him out so they could draft their PITT QB. Bad blood.

  2. This isn’t the preseason anymore. I remember Bisky looking good in his 1st preseason too. Don’t ruin him like the Bears tried to do with him. When Trubisky came to the league he had only been the starter for one year but he has talent. This isn’t that hard of a decision. Steelers aren’t going all the way this year. Let Pickett see the NFL holding a clip board and he will get his chance soon enough. Want your QB to be a dog pulling on the chain when he is going in, not a deer in headlights. The list of QBs that sat at first is long including Rodgers and Mahomes. Not a bad way to go.

  3. It’s much easier to put a non-bitter rookie in down the road instead of a bitter veteran. Both have played decent so far. Media and fans should just let it play out. Many say it will be a very short leash for Trubiski but it’s the Steelers. They march to their own beat.

  4. supercharger says:
    September 5, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Ben hates Kenny because ownership forced him out so they could draft their PITT QB. Bad blood.

    Forced out? So, what, you think Ben still had two or three good years left in him, huh?

  5. Trubisky is better than people think. He had bad coaches, a bad offense and limited skill position players, and he still went to the playoffs twice. Only concern is the OL. But he does not have those other 3 things in Pittsburgh.

  6. Eli<Ben. And even Eli would admit that. And regarding "average Ben". I guess 60000 yds & 2 SB wins puts you at average. Yeah, that makes sense.

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