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Sitting Ben Roethlisberger in the season finale is the right move


#During his weekly press conference on #Tuesday, #Steelers head coach #Mike #Tomlin announced that quarterback #Ben #Roethlisberger will sit out the team’s regular-season finale vs. the #Browns at #FirstEnergy #Stadium this coming #Sunday.

#Tomlin also said a few other key players may be inactive for the game against #Cleveland; in my opinion, the more integral cogs that can sit out in the last game before the playoffs, the better.

#What’s more important: The #Steelers continuing the momentum they gained with their come-from-behind win over #Indianapolis on #Sunday or rest for some weary veterans and even youngsters who have had their chains jerked around all season, thanks to other teams and their COVID problems?

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The answer is the second one.

#Here’s another question: #Are you more worried about the #Steelers— or at least those integral cogs—being rusty in their first-round playoff game, or are you more concerned about someone—for example, an integral cog—suffering a serious injury in #Week 17 and missing the postseason?

#Again, the answer is the second choice.

#As for the momentum vs rest conundrum, momentum is a funny thing—it can change on a dime. #Rest, however—both physical and mental—can be quite the cure-all for a lot of things that ail a football team. #Most players are beat up this time of year, and while a couple of weeks of rest likely won’t fix that, it can still be restorative. #When it comes to mental fatigue, there’s no doubt #Pittsburgh’s players are suffering from that, this year, if for no other reason than they think they are. The NFL season is always a grind, sure, but that might be especially the case when a team thinks it’s been screwed out of a bye. #Did the #Steelers actually have a bye? #Yes, but it was much earlier than they expected. #Did they also have a bit of a bye while waiting to play that second #Ravens game in early #December? #Sure, but it also involved a lot of uncertainly, thanks to the game being postponed repeatedly. #Tomlin, the expert leader of men that he is, could really boost the morale of his players by taking it easy on them leading up to and during the almost-meaningless game against the #Browns.

#Now, onto the rust vs. injury thing: #This is an easy one. A rusty #Roethlisberger is way better than an injured #Roethlisberger. #You could also say the same thing about T.J. #Watt. #Why? #Because the #Steelers don’t have a backup at either position who measures up to them—obviously.

#Trust me, you’ll take rust over injury every single time. #Believe me, you don’t want another crippling injury right before the postseason—the team has had enough of those over the past decade.

I know what you’re going to say: “I thought the #Steelers didn’t live in their fears.” OK, but another motto is, “The #Standard is the #Standard.”

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#Which motto are you willing to live by? #While the first one is sexy, this is no time to be macho. #As for the second one, I hear #Duck #Hodges would love to start an NFL playoff game. #What do you think?

I also know what you’re going to say: “What about the integrity of the game?” #Who cares about that? #True, #Cleveland needs to win this game to make the playoffs, but that’s not the #Steelers’ problem. The #Steelers have to worry about themselves. I’m not sure if you were paying attention the past two #Decembers, but teams weren’t all that interested in helping #Pittsburgh out when it came to making the playoffs.

The #Steelers, who have clinched no worse than the third seed and don’t have to be as concerned about locking up the second seed as they would in a normal year, need only worry about their own interests on #Sunday.



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