Big Ben react

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 21, 2010 – 3:30 pm


After hearing the news of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension that can be reduced to four, Bengals safety Chris Crocker had a muted reaction Wednesday. On Tuesday, he was quite vociferous in hoping that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would treat a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback as harshly as he has treated the league’s rank-and-file.

“I’m not going to bash another player,” Crocker said. “But at the same time I’ll say I don’t know how long he should have gotten or what kind of punishment, but there definitely should have been a punishment.”

Crocker isn’t sure what is fair and not fair. Roethlisberger hasn’t been charged, but the accusations are disturbing. What Crocker does know is that he doesn’t think Goodell should have the only say on player conduct and the question of fairness and consistency has to be addressed in the new collective bargaining agreement.

“I don’t think it’s fair that just one guy makes a decision like that,” Crocker said. “I think there has to be some kind of a committee looking at it instead.”

The Bengals won’t be affected by the suspension because they don’t get the Steelers until the ninth week of the season. Funny how it all works out, isn’t it? The schedule surfaced a week later than usual and, presto, Roethlisberger misses only one division game and no prime-time games.

Of course, there’s a very palatable sense that Ben won’t be there by the time we get going. The Steelers are one of the best covered teams in the NFL with the Gene Alley-Bill Mazeroski double-play combo of Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the trade stuff is real if they’re reporting it.

Dulac broke the story Tuesday that the Steelers have not only been contacted by other clubs about a deal for Roethlisberger but that the Steelers have talked about it internally. When we caught up on Wednesday so Dulac could make the Pittsburgh pick in the Media Mock (Idaho guard Mike Iupati), he said the club doesn’t want to actively try to deal Roethlisberger.

“They’ve contacted every club in front of them so they know that they’d be willing to listen to any trade, but that’s just the course of their regular draft business,” Dulac said. “Forget Ben, or a specific trade, that’s just what they do.”

The way the anti-Ben sentiment is festering in Pittsburgh, though, Dulac wouldn’t be surprised either way. The club was furious with the tawdry details of the police report and the smoke from that fire could generate anything. You’re talking about a guy that was already not loved by his teammates and a recent poll question that ignited 3,000 responses in the Pittsburgh area that said 75 percent wouldn’t mind seeing him gone shows he has the same kind of popularity in the fan base.

“He won’t win any Man of the Year awards in the locker room, but they love the way he wins Super Bowls,” Dulac said. “They’ve been able to put that all aside and just catch his passes.”


“Now it’s tough,” Dulac said. “What if he comes back and they’re 3-1 or 4-0? Or what if they’re 1-3 and he comes back and they know he’s the reason why?”

Just for the heck of it, here are the numbers of the veteran Steelers backup quarterbacks against the Bengals:

Bryon Leftwich is 1-0 against them (2005 for Jacksonville) and is 13-for-27 for 195 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Charlie Batch is 0-1 (2001 for the Lions) and in his only game against the Bengals he was 20-for-35 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Leftwich mopped up for Roethlisberger in the Steelers’ 38-10 win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008 and completed all three of his passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.

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5 Responses to “Big Ben react”

  1. By crcrcr123 on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    i keep thinking back to the motorcycle accident. some people said it reflected poorly on his judgement. the current incident reinforces that assertion.

    i’m surprised that some people think this suspension is too short, compared to, say, a failed drug test. as you said, the accusations are disturbing. way worse than a drug test.

    but Crocker is right. it would be more palatable if there were perhaps a committee of 3 that deliberated and came up with the punishment. even if the outcome was the same, people might be more comfortable with the process.

  2. By carson9 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with the suspension, however feel it should be 8 games. Despite no legal conviction, he lacks integrity, and has serious character issues. I could see him going to the Bills for their #9 pick, and getting Clausen if available. Whatever the case, my friends from Pitts tell me that he’s done in that city.

  3. By mwindle1973 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I think if you look at the circumstances involved. There was a previous incident that is still in the civil courts. I agree with ESPN’s Tom Jackson that this suspension was not in tune with one’s given out in the past. It is essentially a 4 game suspension. It should be 16 game thta can be reduced to 8 games. 8 games should be the suspension. And if he doesn’t want to seek counseling and follow other league recommendations then it should be 16. Really it should just be you follow our recommendations and it’s 8 games. If you don’t follow our recommendations you don’t play in the league. THat was the stance towards Chris Henry and Pac Man Jones.

  4. By phlockar on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    i initially thought he would get 2-4 games so the 4-6 were pleasantly surprising. He’s a scumbag, but a scumbag that wins so he won’t be going anywhere outside of Pittsburgh

  5. By bonniebengal on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    If they really are trying to trade Ben R., then that could mean they are not confident that he will comply with the terms of his suspension. He appears to have either an alcohol problem or a mental/emotional problem. Why else would a rich, famous guy need to have sex with strangers in bathrooms? He’s messed up.

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