As the Four Tops sing – it’s the Same Old Song. The Steelers last two home games have been almost exactly the same. They have gotten a lead, look to put the opponent away, and then in the end – are doomed by poor play on offense, more so by turnovers by their franchise quarterback.
Sunday at Hinez Field the Steelers had a chance to close out the Indianapolis Colts, not only gaining a big win to put them clearly in the #2 position in the AFC, but also to put the Colts out of their misery at 4-5 and just about ending any hopes of making the playoffs, even as a wild card. Instead, the Black and Gold gave them new life, and most of it was due to a QB with an ailing shoulder who has been done more in the last three weeks to lose games than win them.
Roethlisberger is a gamer. He’s a QB that plays with emotion, which was shown in the locker room yesterday when it appeared he was crying before talking to the media. His shoulder injury is not his fault, it’s the fault of the team for putting five players in front of him that have not blocked well enough over the course of the past two seasons and let him get pounded week after week.
So now, for the sake of the team, Mike Tomlin must step in and do the right thing – sit Ben. Remember in 1994 when Neil O’Donnell was struggling and banged up, Bill Cowher sat him for two games and Mike Tomczak came in, won two games, and O’Donnell came back and played much better.
As much as it may hurt Ben, he is hurting the team right now, and it’s time for Tomlin to make a tough but right decision – sit Ben and allow him to get healthy enough to make a serious run at another Super Bowl. He and the team won’t make it with many more games like the last two home games.