Seems that Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has been on a tear as of late when it comes to the Steelers treatment of the old “double-standard” of treating their stars like stars, and when a player isn’t a huge part of the team and they get in trouble, they will let them go.
Just take a look at the following from an article on his site today:
They embrace it when the player is expendable. They ignore it when he isn’t. The mere fact that the Steelers aren’t blindly touting phrases like “presumption of innocence” and pushing to the media talking points that trumpet Ben’s virtues at a time when the fans are writing him off tells us that the Steelers don’t currently regard Roethsliberger as a player who is absolutely necessary to the short- and long-term interests of the team.
Basically from the sounds of it, Florio seems to feel the Steelers are ready to jump the ship on Big Ben, and he even goes as far as to say the team isn’t going to have him as the starting QB all that much longer:
Innocent or guilty, charged or uncharged, it tells us that Roethlisberger likely will be the former quarterback of the Steelers far sooner than anyone ever would have imagined.
Now it’s no secret that the Steelers should be very concerned that it’s two offseasons in a row their 100 million dollar QB is in the news due to a claim of force against a woman. From where I see it, the team has already said they are going to wait till the investigation is over to make a decision on their QB, which is the right thing to do.
He has not been criminally charged, and let’s be real, if the Steelers said “we’ve had enough” and dump the QB, it would take about 5 minutes for about 27-30 teams to be on the phone with him.
Talk of Roethlisberger being let go is WAY premature, and while I am not sure of Florio’s agenda in all of this, my guess is he’s grasping at straws trying to fill space while the facts of the case have still not clearly come out as of yet.