A new year and a new look for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who kicked off their first mini-camp over the weekend. One fact that came out to the media that may have been a bit of a shock was from QB Ben Roethlisberger, who told the media that he and former coach Bill Cowher are not exactly on each other’s Christmas card list.
“Our relationship wasn’t great because he was here before I got here and I was just a young kid,” Roethlisberger said Friday to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There was tension between the two for the three seasons in which Cowher coached the QB. Cowher often talked about keeping Big Ben in line with the plays called, while Ben was the type of QB who liked to make things happen, running around in and out of the pocket to try and make a big play.
That style though, despite what Cowher may say or think, is exactly what took the Steelers to the Super Bowl title two seasons ago. Big Ben made huge plays in all four playoff games, and it was his ability to make things happen that helped Pittsburgh grab their fifth title. Now of course that Cowher is gone, the gloves are off and Roethlisberger is taking some shots at the former coach.
Ben did say that he is on board with new coach Mike Tomlin, and that he likes where he and the new coach stand. “Coach Tomlin and I are rookies together in a sense, so I think we will have a better relationship,” Roethlisberger said.