Steelers open to changes, know talent not enough after Jacksonville flop

Drew Brees left and Ben Roethlisberger

The onside kick near the end of the game that could have given the Steelers a chance to tie with a touchdown went half the distance it needed to, giving the Jags a short field that enabled them to kick a field goal that turned out to be the eventual difference in the game. His last game in Pittsburgh or not (more on that in a bit), Roethlisberger threw the ball 58 times Sunday, completing 37 for 469 yards and five touchdowns.

None have the authority to hire or fire personnel or to make management decisions. Roethlisberger having the leeway, as an accomplished veteran quarterback, to run the show and call plays in those situations should go without saying.

Our Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette reported yesterday that Ben wants to play three more seasons, so that's where things started today as Ben was asked to confirm that report and how much longer he wants to play.

The head coach credited Roethlisberger for wanting to run the ball himself, but said the team might choose not to based off the opposing defense, among other factors.

"I think that the important thing is we've got a really good group here -- that includes coaches and players, a special group", Roethlisberger said. It's the same way I felt two days ago.

"I'm just playing it one year at a time".

Along with a lack of recent success - Pittsburgh has only been to the AFC Championship Game once since 2010 - those minority owners are reportedly miffed at a perceived lack of discipline by the team. Let it be known, however, that Roethlisberger did fumble away the football on one of those plays after gaining 2 yards. He then chose to follow his gut - which told him his defense had been bad and the 1-in-10 chance of recovering an onside kick was greater than getting a three-and-out - and wound up handing Jacksonville a clinching field goal. "It was good playoff fun", Payton told reporters on Tuesday. It's easy to see Roethlisberger wanting more freedom, and Haley being against that in some sort of power struggle. It wasn't until later in the spring that he announced on his website that he was coming back.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Fournette was not at fault in the crash.

Roethlisberger and Haley have been together since 2012 when Haley took over the offensive coordinator position. Tomlin has won 116 games over his first 11 seasons, second only to Don Shula.

-Browns linebacker Joe Schobert will be his team's lone representative in the upcoming Pro Bowl.

That defense became ravaged when Ryan Shazier went down. "We're right there. We're right on the cusp (of a championship)".

That such a talent-soaked squad did not win even one playoff game, let alone reach the NFL's Final Four as previous year, can not qualify as anything other than a major, burning disappointment for this organization.



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