By this point you've heard about Ben Roethlisberger's retirement talk. When he went on his weekly radio show and openly stated he wasn't sure if there would be a "next season". A lot of "experts" are speculating exactly what this mean. Was he sending a message to others, like Antonio Brown and his Facebook Live nonsense? I don't think it is that simple.
Roethlisberger has never been one to hold back in front of the media, and he also is one of the most calculated individuals when it comes to what he says, and when he says it, to the press.
That is what made his comments even more head-scratching.
In my opinion, Roethlisberger was sending a message, but one of the near future, and not out of disgust, frustration or malice. Roethlisberger was putting Mike Tomlin, the coaching staff, the front office, the young players and all of his teammates that the end is near for his football career. The days of touting a franchise quarterback every Sunday are coming to a close.
But will they listen?
I discuss this more in the latest BTSC podcast “Steelers Hangout” above. Give it a listen in the player above, and follow all of the BTSC podcasts on iTunes by searching "The Standard is the Standard", as well as on several podcast apps for Android users.
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