If Roethlisberger retires, Steelers will be caught short-handed

Posted January 26, 2017

After an 11-5 season, a win over the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card game, and a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional game, the Pittsburgh Steelers were left with a sour taste in their mouth when the New England Patriots destroyed them in the AFC Title game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't panicking over Ben Roethlisberger's uncertain future in the sport.

Even if Ben comes back next year, the Steelers may be wise to pick up a quarterback now so he can learn from Ben and ensure a smooth transition, like Brett Favre giving way to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said in a radio interview that he will "take some time" to "consider all options" this offseason.

Roethlisberger responded with a chuckle, and said: "Like I said, I'm going to take some time and evaluate with my family and really do a lot of praying about it and make sure it's the right thing for my family". "But we were pleased with what he was able to do to and provide us and we're open to that discussion for sure". I'm not alarmed by it, that's football. "Obviously I'm hopeful that he returns and the potential of his return or not returning will weigh heavily on our planning. I think that sometimes overshadows the extra stuff, the hands up, the arms up, the frustration, the pouting, things like that". "We'll plan and react accordingly". We haven't met yet. I'd dutifully sit there and enjoy some nice tuna salad on toast as she hummed to herself and the KDKA-TV noon news murmured in the background, Ray Tannehill and Patti Burns updating us on the latest mill closing.

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All that comprises the manual on how not to end a season.

Roethlisberger just completed his 13th season in the league.

And it is yet another reminder of just how incredible Tom Brady has stood the test of time. He has played on two Super Bowl-winning teams.

During his season-ending press conference on Tuesday, which was held just hours after Roethlisberger made his retirement comments, Tomlin said he wasn't "alarmed" by Big Ben's remarks, but he also added that the team would be ready for whatever decision Roethlisberger made. After all, he is only halfway through a four-year, $87.4-million deal he signed in 2015.

No matter what Roethlisberger spends his off-season considering, the time now seems to have arrived for the Steelers to look beyond their long serving quarterback. And don't forget that saying among many coaches, including Hall of Famers Chuck Noll and Bill Parcells, that once a player starts thinking about retirement, he's already as good as retired.