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Steelers Mike Tomlin shoulders blame for Ben Roethlisberger’s injury

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At Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference, the head coach took full blame for putting Ben Roethlisberger in the position to injure his foot Sunday.

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The collective thought from Pittsburgh Steelers fans when they saw the quarterback of their favorite team wearing a protective boot to his post-game press conference was, “Why in the world was Ben Roethlisberger in the game at that point, and why was he throwing the football?!”

Some fans wanted to blame Todd Haley for the play call, others blamed Roethlisberger when they thought he checked out of a run to throw the ball, and some went straight after Mike Tomlin for still having Roethlisberger in the game when the contest was clearly out of hand.

On Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger cleared up the situation on his weekly radio show, and Mike Tomlin also addressed the process, and took blame for Roethlisberger’s most recent injury.

First, Roethlisberger’s response to the situation, on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan:

“Coach Haley called a pass play, we had a pretty good play called. Hindsight always is what it is, should we have ran it, could we have done this, could we have done that? Potentially, yes. We also had a receiver, a young receiver, not run the proper route, and if he would have ran the proper route, the ball probably could have come out of my hand quicker because he would have been open, and it wouldn’t have happened. That being said, I’m not injured, I’m fine, I’ll be ready to go, and we move on.”

This is the point where Steelers Nation is prepared to rev up their “Fire Haley” comments, but Mike Tomlin put a stop to that, taking full blame for the entire situation.

“I take responsibility for throwing it on third down, I got a little over aggressive there,” Tomlin said. “It goes beyond responsibility. I made the call so don’t ask Todd (Haley) about it on Thursday. I made the call and I take responsibility for that.”

Although fans got their answer as to who ultimately pulled the trigger on throwing the ball in a meaningless situation, Tomlin’s honesty was rather shocking. Rather than hide behind one of his many “Tomlinisms” like, “We won’t live in our fears.” Tomlin owned up to the responsibility, and in the process acknowledged there is such a thing as being too aggressive.

Tomlin added he doesn’t see Roethlisberger missing any practice time due to the injury. He mentioned Roethlisberger’s usual light Wednesday workload, and should be good-to-go for Sunday’s game in Kansas City as the Steelers and Chiefs go head-to-head in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.

This topic, along with many others, was talked about in-depth on the BTSC post-game Facebook Live video. You can watch the video below as I answer fans’ questions about the black and gold moving forward. Other topics discusses were: Bud Dupree’s hit on Matt Moore, challenges facing the team heading into Kansas City and more! If you want to be a part of our Facebook family, simply follow BTSC by liking our page.