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With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:34 am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers took their best shot at beating San Francisco by starting injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and I applaud them ... and him ...for that. Unfortunately, it didn't work out, and, hey, it happens.

But here's what I don't get: Why, after the Steelers fell behind, 20-3, in the fourth quarter, did they leave Roethlisberger in? He was limping badly, and the 49ers were teeing off on the pocket.

So why subject him to unnecessary punishment ... especially when you need him to go deep into the playoffs?

Normally, that question should be reserved for coach Mike Tomlin ... except not here. According to Roethlisberger, he made the call.

"When coach tried to get me out, I said, 'No, I'm not putting you in that situation," said Roethlisberger, "and I'm not quitting on our guys. I started this thing. I'm going to finish it.' "

That's great, except Roethlisberger doesn't get paid to make those decisions. Tomlin does. Roethlisberger is the quarterback. Tomlin is the head coach, and, as head coach, he should've pulled his quarterback and saved him from an unnecessary beating.

So it could've been worse. It could've been better, too. Once the outcome was decided, Big Ben should've sat down.


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Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:54 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Agreed But completely enjoyed  our defense, special teams and offense put it all together on Prime Time.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:36 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

who??? your mom?



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:11 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

The much bigger question that no one seems to be asking is this:

Why didn't he come out at half time LAST week against the Browns?

They were up 7 - 3, and the Browns were doing nothing on offense. They could have at least tried Charlie Batch in there. Instead they let Ben do his macho man rputine for an entire half. I am not a Steelers fan at all, but I sat there watching that and thought that Pitt was crazy to play him all half and jeopardize their season. And don't give me that "He couldn't have hurt it any more by playing" crap. I have enough medical background to know that he certainly could have (and likely did) make the sprain worse. Foolish, foolish. 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:17 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Big Ben doesn't like being told when to quit...especially when he's raping...or in this case, sucking.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:42 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Couldn't agree more Bill. After the 2nd interception, when it was still a one-score game, Big Ben should've been removed. It was obvious he could only hurt the team.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:29 pm
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

We are;You go Ben Money mouth



Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:00 am
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Bravado is commendable but at 20-3 in the 4th, logic should have prevailed. Ravens fans must be exhilirated now...



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:42 am
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

Lost a lot of admiration of Ben here. He hurt his team, maybe hurt himself more and took over decision making from the coach. The courage part makes great movie stuff, but not in pro football. Had many other teams below Pittsburg done the same with their injured QB, they'd be mocked.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:39 am
 

With outcome decided, Big Ben should've sat

"Macho, macho man.....I've got to be a macho man"....  Plain and simple, Big Ben is more worried about his 'street' and 'press' cred.  He finished it alright....on his back- shaken and stirred.  With still no wins on the road vs a team w/ a winning record (other than the Bengals), the Steelers better hope they won't face the Chargers in the playoffs in SD.  Also telling- w/ Ben hurt..60 plays--- 44 passes. They can't run the ball.  And what's up w/Ben's Justin Timberlake fedora? Grow up. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:39 am
 

Pittsburgh macho...

We all know how "tough" everyone in Pittsburgh is.  This is just another example of their "culture."  If they pulled Rothlisberger with even the slightest mathematical chance to win, the fans and papers in Pittsburgh would go ballistic on the coaching staff the next day.  They would be accuse of "quitting," and it would be a major distraction for the playoffs.  
 
Also, they might be accused of "resting" players, and it might even have made for a juicy conspiracy theory with Pitt "trying to ensure that Indy doesn't draft Andrew Luck."  Big Ben can take it.  If he can't, call it the Universe giving him delayed punishment for what he escaped in Georgia.  


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