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Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:25 pm
 
B. Roethlisberger has impressed his former coach, Bill Cowher, this season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The transformation of Ben Roethlisberger has been pretty extraordinary this season.

He entered training camp, and he didn’t know how his teammates would receive him after more offseason transgressions. He didn’t know how his fans would receive him after they gave him multiple chances to win them over. He just didn't know, and clearly, it worried him.

But he impressed his teammates by being personable and humbled at the same time, and thousands of Pittsburgh fans cheered him after his preseason practice.

Roethlisberger didn’t make much - if any - off-field noise this season, but on the field, he was his same old impressive self, throwing for 3,200 yards (in only 12 games because of his four-game suspension to open the year), 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Plus, he played with a broken nose and still managed to beat the Ravens.

In the year of Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Rex Ryan and the upcoming labor dispute, Roethlisberger has almost gone unnoticed. Except for when he’s accomplishing positive goals – like getting engaged or being named the team’s good guy by the Pittsburgh beat writers.

Today, I asked his former coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher what he thought about Roethlisberger’s impressive recovery.

“He’s accountable for his actions, and he recognized that as well,” Cowher said. “He got the suspension, and he had a chance to sit back and reflect. The only thing that was going to take care of (his transgressions) was time. He’s said all the right things, and he’s trying to do the right things.

“The one thing you’ll never question about Ben Roethlisberger is his ability to compete. He’s one of the great competitors I’ve even been around. That Baltimore game epitomized him. He gets his nose broken early in the game, and he’s out there at the very end competing.

“He has a solid family. That is important to him. Perception is important to him. He walked into Pittsburgh as a young player, got successful early, and he got caught up in it. But now, he’s got plenty of time to change the way people think about him off the field.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

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Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

HATER



Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:29 am
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

Looks like coach Cower in that picture is whispering to Ben "rape me"....lol



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:26 am
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

I'm still concerned about how he acts.  He's shown he's trying, and I enjoy having that kind of a competitor on the team I root for, but I'm not entirely willing to give him a pass,   yet....

I hope he gets his shit together off the field, and I hope he's successful.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:50 am
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

I guess we are to assume you are gay since you are a niner fan. Hey you could even have full blown AIDS. Maybe you like little kids. Do I need proof to start saying these things or can I just assume based on you selection of a football team and comments you make. Last time I checked all Ben was guilty of was bad judgement. He was never even charged let alone convicted. Now shut your trap. You just wish you had Ben as a QB and maybe you could have won the worst division in NFL history with an 8-8 record. Sit back and watch Ben and the Steelers make a run for #7.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:45 am
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

@the9er. I guess we should conclude that because your are a 49er fan you are gay. I will start spreading that rumor around. I don't need proof that you are. I just need to assume it for it to be true. Last time I checked he was guilty of bad judgement at that was it. He was never convicted of any crime. You can say Donte Stallworth is a DUI murderer, you can say Ray Lewis obstructed justice, you can say Jamal Lewis was a drug dealer. They were all convicted of those crimes. Until you have proof and a conviction shut your mouth and continue to wish you had Big Ben as your QB! Maybe you could have won a division at 8-8!



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:44 am
 

Cowher impressed with Roethlisberger

I'm not sure who you are calling a simpleton but if you are referring to my post let me fill you in on a few things. First, I never said Ben raped anyone.  However he seems to have a knack for placing himself in potentially troublesome situations.  There is no arguing that he could have cost the Steelers this season had the rest of the team not stepped up in those first 4 games.  I would not want to continue to roll those dice on a regular basis.  Secondly, before this year Ben had a reputation among his own fans for boorish and rude behavior around the city.  I frankly could care less if our qb is a choir boy but I don't think an immature sense of entitlement is a good thing either.  Let's hope these things are in the past and we can close the book on this chapter.


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