There has been plenty of talk about why franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger sat out the game Saturday night against the Lions. I was somewhat surprised he didn’t play, but at the same time, there were some good reasons the team decided to sit him.
1. An Example – Call it what you want, but maybe Mike Tomlin was trying to send a message. The message being – we haven’t totally forgotten the chaos you put the team through in March. Maybe Mike was just saying “hey, you screw up, you pay the price.” He did it with Santonio Holmes back in the day, and maybe now he’s doing it with Ben.
2. Keep it Positive – While the game was at home and I would have felt Ben would have been cheered, I have heard that if Ben came in and got off to a slow start, he may have heard some boos. I don’t buy that, but hey, you buy a ticket, you have a right to boo who you want. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have been shocked to see a standing O for the QB and then if even if he would have struggled, so what – it’s preseason.
3. Tomlin knows what he’s got in Ben – What can Roethlisberger gain by playing in a meaningless preseason game? The team knows he’s gonna sit four games, so give Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon all the work that they need to get ready for the season. Ben has won two Super Bowls, and the team knows that once he’s back, he’ll be fine, so why risk a stupid injury.
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