Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told Sirius NFL Radio (via USA Today) on Tuesday that he is not committed to starting Ben Roethlisberger when the quarterback returns from his four-game suspension.
Yeah, we will see how quickly Tomlin changes his tune if the Steelers struggle out of the gate. This is the kind of thing that a suspended player must go through. First it was being stripped as captain by his teammates, now his coach has to publicly say the right things and give starter Dennis Dixon the confidence that he truly is a first-string quarterback.
In other words, do not worry about it.
In fact — seeing that I nabbed Roethlisberger in my draft yesterday — I am excited that Tomlin is pushing his quarterback. Fantasy owners need a motivated Roethlisberger when he returns. Roethlisberger needs a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. Roethlisberger focused and motivated is going to be a good thing. So keep it coming, Tomlin.
– Adam Rank