Steelers Draft: Considering Life After Ben Roethlisberger

After an 11-5 season, a win over the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card game, and a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional game, the Pittsburgh Steelers were left with a sour taste in their mouth when the New England Patriots destroyed them in the AFC Title game. The answer may be simple, everything.

Ben Roethlisberger had all he could handle from the Patriots on Sunday.

Harrison, who became the full-time starter again at right outside linebacker after the Steelers Week 10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, led the team during the regular season in sacks with five. Roethlisberger laughed, but it was the first time all season he avoided a question on his show.

Roethlisberger eventually said he's not making any declarations and talked several times about next season, but he didn't flat-out commit to returning in 2017.

Tomlin said he had not yet had an opportunity to speak with Roethlisberger about his comments, according to Ed Boucette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It may seem a little outlandish of him contemplate his future in football, but it is not definite. Tomlin is 2-1 in AFC Championship games; Cowher was 2-4. He became the first quarterback in National Football League history to throw for more than 390 yards in two different conference-championship games, having already done so in 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers.


It will be shocking if Roethlisberger chooses to move on, especially because if he does he'll owe more than $18 million to the Steelers. The Patriots handled them easily. He showed up Landry Jones and even Roethlisberger on the field earlier in the season.

Heading into the game, it was expected to be an offensive battle, and it was.

If Williams wants to return to the Steelers in 2017, one would think that the two sides might be able to come to terms at some point during the offseason. And I'm not saying I'm not coming back.

The Steelers would be wise to re-sign Harrison during the offseason as now the team only has two outside linebackers under contract for the 2017 season with one them being starter Bud Dupree. After every season, he tells them what he thinks is good about the team and what isn't so good.

These are the options, unless the Steelers want to wander back into the draft, but that's a two or three year project, and this roster can not wait that long.

Roethlisberger on the loss: "It's disappointing that we couldn't get this one for (chairman emeritus Dan) Rooney". If Big Ben had thought about retirement in the past what could be the deciding factor for him?

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