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Wilcots: Roethlisberger deserves to sit two games

Former Steeler and now NFL Network reporter Solomon Wilcots seems to be on the bandwagon about how long the NFL is going to sit QB Ben Roethlisberger. He said that a message has to be sent, and that it will come in the form of a sit down for the two-time Super Bowl winning QB.

“I think there’s a sentiment here that some kind of message has to be sent to Ben Roethlisberger, that maybe he needs to be sat down for a period of time, spend some time away from the game,” said Wilcots. “I think that’s clear with everyone. Now, do you penalize the entire football team by taking him out for half of the season? No. For four weeks? I think two weeks is appropriate. I think anything beyond that would be overly punitive.”

When it comes to the QB spot in the future for the team, Wicots thinks they should begin looking for Roethlisberger’s replacement in the late rounds of the upcoming NFL draft. He did have good things to say about Dennis Dixon, who filled in last season in the game in Baltimore.

“Dennis Dixon, a guy who came in and played in (Roethlisberger’s) stead last year, did show himself well,” said Wilcots. “But what about the long term ramifications? Can Ben Roethlisberger repair his reputation in the community? Can Dennis Dixon come in and win ball games for them and hold the water, so to speak, until Ben Roethlisberger returns? All that remains to be seen.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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