Much of the blame for the Steelers' struggles on offense was laid at the feet of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 39-year-old, who was reportedly nursing a pectoral injury last week, looked completely confounded by the Bengals defense and coughed up two interceptions in Pittsburgh's 24-10 loss.
Roethlisberger ended the game 38-for-58 with 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but his play left plenty to be desired. The showing marked the third consecutive week that Pittsburgh felt like it could've gotten more out of their quarterback and ended in a second straight loss.
With Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins on the bench, many wondered if the Steelers thought about making a change mid-game amidst Roethlisberger's struggles. Tomlin shot down that hypothetical on Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh head coach revealed that he never considered benching Roethlisberger on Sunday afternoon,
Tomlin says he never considered benching Roethlisberger against the Bengals.
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Tomlin's answer isn't shocking, giving Roethlisberger's rich history in Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old has been a staple for the Steelers for almost the last two decades and his play on Sunday wasn't so abysmal that he would need to get replaced. The team's offensive line should also take some of the responsibility for the loss as the starting quarterback was under fire for most of this weekend's game.
However, there's been a growing movement among the faithful fans in Pittsburgh that Roethlisberger should be swapped out at quarterback, if not this year then sometime soon. Injuries over the past three years have severely inhibited his play as of late and the Steelers might be better suited to put another player in at the position.
Tomlin might've not considered benching Roethlisberger this past weekend, but may have to think long and hard about what's best for Pittsburgh moving forward in 2021.