How about a little early post-season drama on this Tuesday?
During his Tuesday interview on 93.7 The Fan, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said that he’s not ready to commit to playing in 2017 and he implied that he’s open to retirement. He would later say he needs to evaluate everything in the offseason.
I will add some exact quotes in a little while, but I can only imagine this will be talked about for the next week.
“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” Roethlisberger said. “To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.”
When asked if he’s going to play next year, Roethlisberger said, “I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and just do a lot of praying about it and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family.”
Is Roethlisberger mad at the way Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin or offensive coordinator Todd Haley handled their business this season? It’s really hard to say at this point. With that said, I’m sure Roethlisberger is very frustrated right now following the team’s loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game and that’s certainly understandable.
Roethlisberger is under contract through the 2019 season, so there’s that. Additionally, the Steelers appear to have a roster in place that can compete for a championship the next several seasons and it should only get better during the draft.
Personally, I just think this is another case of Ben being Ben as he can be dramatic at times.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see if Tomlin is asked about Roethlisberger’s comments during his Tuesday end-of-the-season press conference.