In an interview with a local Pittsburgh radio station, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made news aby saying he was going to take this offseason to evaluate his future in football. For the Steelers fans that have their heart in their throats, Colin says not to worry. He thinks Big Ben isn’t going to retire, he is just trying to send a message to the front office that he isn’t happy with the current direction of the Steelers.
It’s not the first time this season Roethlisberger has openly expressed his unhappiness with the state of the Steelers. After a loss to the Cowboys he questioned his teams’ accountability, and implied the players and coaches were to blame. Colin has never said Mike Tomlin should be fired, but the fact that Roethlisberger is so unhappy is a big problem.
“Big Ben is sending sign after sign. ‘We’re not disciplined.’ ‘We’re not well coached.’ ‘We were out executed.’ God folks, it’s not Morse Code, it’s obvious stuff here.”
The conventional wisdom in the media is that the Patriots Super Bowl is going to be a close, high scoring game. Colin thinks otherwise. He was talking to a respected sharp who agreed with him. New England is currently a 3-point favorite, but when Colin breaks down the matchups, he has a tough time not seeing the Patriots winning by more than a field goal.
First, the Patriots have the league’s top ranked scoring defense. Top defenses are 5-1 in Super Bowls when facing the league’s top offense. New England also has the experience edge with 21 players who have played in the game, compared to 4 from Atlanta. More importantly, Tom Brady has been to 7 Super Bowls, while Matt Ryan is playing in his first. Don’t forget the Belichick advantage over Dan Quinn. It’s not even close.
Big Ben isn’t happy with the Steelers, and LeBron isn’t happy with the Cavs. Last night, the Cavs suffered their fifth loss in seven games in a 124-122 loss to the undermanned Pelicans. In an off-camera media session, LeBron went on an expletive laden rant where he criticized the Cavs roster as “top heavy” and said the team needs to add more playmakers.
Colin usually sides with LeBron, but he thinks he’s way off base here. The modern NBA salary cap structure makes it nearly impossible for teams to have depth after they get done signing all the max players. Colin thinks that if James wants a deeper bench, the only way to do it is to take a pay cut at contract time to free up money to sign role players.
Tom Brady has done it New England, and he doesn’t have 1/10 the endorsement money of LeBron. If LeBron wants to get paid, that’s his decision, but if he shouldn’t be complaining about the team not putting pieces around him. That one is on him.
“I am mister pro-player mobility. I supported LeBron and KD, but I don’t wanna hear about your bench, because you guys make more money on shoes than Brady makes on beating the Steelers. Take a little less.”
Greg Jennings – Former Pro Bowl wide receiver and new FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Ben Roethlisberger’s latest comments criticizing the Steelers; why he thinks Big Ben is fed up; why he thinks Mike Tomlin has struggled as the Steelers have transitioned from an older to a younger team; and why social media has made it harder to place the team over the individual.
Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to break down the latest NFL buzz ahead of the Super Bowl, including updates on the 49’ers GM search; why Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff deserves credit for giving up some power this year to better the organization; why he thinks Atlanta has a great opportunity to upset the Patriots; and why he thinks Deshaun Watson should have played in the Senior Bowl.
Jason Whitlock – FS1 Host and co-host of Speak for Yourself is in-studio to discuss LeBron James’ recent comments criticizing the organization; why he thinks LeBron is starting to jump the shark after almost 20 years in the spotlight; why he thinks LeBron’s political stances are contradictory; and his take on the NBA players not taking the All-Star Game voting seriously.