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Mike Tomlin taking Ben Roethlisberger retirement talk seriously

26 January 2017

The team will have to figure out just what to do in that situation. Cobi Hamilton dropped a potential touchdown catch in the end zone late in the second quarter; Sammie Coates failed to make catch with a less-than-best effort on a Roethlisberger pass on a third-and-1 in Pittsburgh's first series; and when the score was 33-9, a would-be Hamilton touchdown catch was called back because he was penalized for stepping out of the end zone.

"I'm gonna take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season - if there's gonna be a next season", Roethlisberger said during his weekly interview with 93.7 The Fan's Ron Cook and Andrew Fillipponi. "I think that's, in my point of my career and my age, that's the prudent thing to do each year".

The comments came as head coach Mike Tomlin was getting ready to hold his final news conference of the season. Tomlin told reporters he's calm about Roethlisberger's situation and will talk to the veteran Steelers quarterback. Tomlin said he typically sits down with his star quarterback last when holding his postseason player meetings and the two have not met. Roethlisberger's future is sure to be a topic of discussion when that does happen. "We'll see where it transpires". "It wraps a bow around what is 2016, but largely it sets a trajectory and provides black-and-white information for us as we lay the foundation for 2017".

"He said it, you do take it seriously", Tomlin said. "That's a fair assessment of where he is in his career".

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"I'm not alarmed by it, that's football", Tomlin said. That's football. Obviously, I'm hopeful he returns. His return or potentially not returning will weigh heavily in our planning. "When I'm done, I think I'll know". As Tomlin put it, "he is the most significant component in what it is we do". Pray this is just him blowing off some very public steam, and pray the team reacts accordingly and makes him feel like he's not only wanted, but needed, in all personnel decisions.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans hoping to see Ben Roethlisberger, 34, back on the field at the start of the 2017-18 season were given a shock on January 24, according to ESPN. "Maybe after last season I did". However, should he decide to hang up his cleats, the Steelers may find themselves scrambling for a replacement.

BATTERED BELL: Tomlin said Bell had been dealing with the groin injury that limited him to just six carries against the Patriots for some time but that the All-Pro had found a way to manage it without missing practice.