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Author: Jon Kuzma
Ben Roethlisberger seems to have changed his tune after the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round. Rudolph was a standout at Oklahoma State and should be a solid back up from the get go. Roethlisberger has been thinking about retiring for the last two seasons but clearly with a little competition for his job that has fired Big Ben up. Now the Steelers prolific signal caller will be in the fold for at least the next 3-5 seasons. Obviously that can all change at the end of a season when everyone is burnt out and tired. That’s when guys realize they don’t want to go through another training camp grind. It’s interesting though that the Steelers chose to select two Oklahoma State players in this draft (James Washington, Rudolph). It almost feels like the Steelers front office wanted to bring in a tandem of players who could immediately have cohesion. If you’re in Roethlisberger’s shoes that’s a little bit scary because it seems like Pittsburgh is planning on the future coming sooner than Ben would like. If the Steelers really want to win a Super Bowl though they’ll need to do it in these next three years before Roethlisberger retires. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are still in their prime and can put up big numbers. Washington should be an upgrade morale wise over Martavis Bryant too. So collectively the talent is going to be there and the two biggest factors will be how well Ben Roethlisberger plays? The other question will be can Mike Tomlin be better strategy wise to get the best out of all these great competitors? Roethlisberger needs to take his physical fitness very seriously and focus on strength training plus developing his athletic motor. Tomlin needs to make sure he improves his situational football tactics and puts his guys in a position to capitalize. If the Steelers get the best out of Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger everything else should fall into place from there.
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