Good Friday to you Steelers fans.
Have you ever been in the situation where you knew something was coming and there was nothing you could do to stop it? For me it’s when I get a text from daughter asking for money. I know it’s coming but there’s nothing I can do to stop it. The same was true with Ben Roethlisberger. We knew he would make official his retirement but many of us just weren’t prepared for it. Yesterday, the moment came. His official Twitter account posted a video that closed up any openings that may have been thought to be there about his playing career. It closed out an 18-year career in Pittsburgh and was probably the last we’ll hear from him on this situation. In other words, I do not believe he’ll have any sort of press conference at the facility. This felt very permanent and very much finite. It was time. Many of us knew it and so did he. That doesn’t make it any easier.
We did something last night on the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing Inc that we hadn’t done before on the current format. We ran with five people and it actually went really well. Obviously we discussed Ben Roethlisberger but we also turned our attention to the coordinators, potential offseason moves and much more. We are proud to be part of The Pigskin Podcast Network.
Tweet of the Day… In case you may have missed it.
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) January 27, 2022
When Mike Tomlin gave his final press conference of 2021 one of the more surprising and pleasing items was that no one was scheduled for any major surgeries. There are always “clean up” type procedures for scar tissue etc but this was really good news. Chase Claypool however recently posted a picture of himself lying in a hospital bed. He very clearly had some type of surgery on his right wrist or arm as it was heavily wrapped up and stabilized. To this point, I have not been told exactly what it was but it should not affect him heading into next season.
It’s no secret that Mike Tomlin runs the wheels off of his running backs and he’s doing it again with Najee Harris. If there’s anything I’d like to see Tomlin change about himself it’s this. The Steelers are far too often caught without a solid number two running back. Go back to the postseasons where we were literally playing guys off the street when the bell cow was hurt. The rest of the NFL for the most part has caught on to this. It doesn’t mean you have to have backs ‘splitting time’ but it does mean you have to take some wear and tear off of Harris. At this rate, the kid isn’t going to make in two years let along five.
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