Mike Tomlin discusses the possibility of benching Ben Roethlisberger

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Mike Tomlin discusses the possibility of benching Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin answered questions about possible benching quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

For four weeks of the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-3. After taking an ugly win in Week 1, Pittsburgh dropped the last three. The biggest criticisms of the team were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s struggling offensive line and uninspiring play.

With the team on a three-game loss streak, many are wondering if head coach Mike Tomlin will seek other answers at quarterback. Tomlin discussed those questions with the media today.

Tomlin seems to rule out any possibility that Roethlisberger will not be behind the center on Sunday.

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Tomlin has never been a coach who would speak to the media about a player’s fate before addressing the player, so it’s not hard to believe he continues to publicly support Roethlisberger. It may also be true that Roethlisberger is actually the best option as a quarterback on the roster, even with his obvious struggles.

The other quarterbacks on the roster are two young, unproven and unpolished options in Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins. Rudolph, who has appeared in 15 games in his four-year career with the Steelers, has thrown in 2,089 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Haskins, who spent his first two seasons with Washington, has career stats of 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 17 appearances.

While neither Rudolph nor Haskins stand out as an obvious solution, many argue that it wouldn’t hurt to give them a shot. Tomlin, who gets to evaluate all three quarterbacks on a daily basis, disagrees. The only other real option that some have put forward is Cam Newton. That also seems unlikely for now, as signing Newton would mean Tomlin is ready to leave Roethlisberger. His statements today made it clear that this is not yet the case.

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