Originally posted on Steel City Blitz  |  Last updated 11/15/13
The most recent ‘to-do’ started with a report prior to Sunday’s game against Buffalo. NFL Network Reporter Ian Rapoport said Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was “frustrated” with the offense and would seek a trade at season’s end. The fact he is frustrated was not news. Regardless of which side of the report you fall on we cannot dismiss it. Rapoport claims he had a lot to go on and that in time it will be revealed. This incident or report is not the first salvo fired however in the ‘Ben Roethlisberger Saga.’ That started following the 2011 season when Art Rooney II said it was time for Roethlisberger to “tweak” his game. That tweaking has resulted in more sacks, more hits, a poor record and the hiring of an offensive coordinator who cannot get out of his own way. After last night’s NFL Network halftime report in which both Rapoport and Michael Silver re-asserted the earlier claims from Sunday, they also announced there would be “major changes” to the offense and that Mike Tomlin’s job was safe. Well that’s all fine and good but the question I keep coming back to is why would Ben Roethlisberger want to stay in Pittsburgh? Besides the tweaking and the lack of a healthy offensive line, unnamed players are now saying the Roethlisberger “needs to be more cerebral.” This came from last night from the two NFLN reporters as well… I don’t even have to know who is responsible for these comments because I have a pretty good idea already. I’ll leave it at that. Roethlisberger is long past the point of getting the respect he deserves in the NFL so there is no use discussing it. I’ve read plenty of stories on how he prepares through the week and on gameday and I guess I really don’t see what the fuss is but someone in the locker room clearly does. The Steelers will face plenty of decisions when that first day of their offseason begins. We will know immediately (maybe sooner) if the front office has chosen to stick with Todd Haley or Ben Roethlisberger because I can’t see this relationship going into a third year. Again though, I return to the question. Why would Roethlisberger want to stay where he is clearly under-appreciated, not respected and poorly used? All this could change if the front office changes its tune in the next couple of months but I’m not convinced they will. If I’m Ben Roethlisberger, I’m on the first plane outta the Steel City and maybe that’s been the plan all along. Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.       Related PostsWouldn’t It Be Just Like the Steelers to Win This Weekend? Woodley’s Disappearing Acts Need to End Steelers’ Slow Starts Result of Poor Leadership? The Change You Want Isn’t Coming Steeler Nation Blame Game Rolls on After Steelers’ Loss in Oakland
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