For 10 years, Doug Whaley was the pro personnel coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s helped bring in players like Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu and was part of two Super Bowl championships. So when he talks Steelers, we listen.
On Monday, Whaley went on 93.7 The Fan and was asked how he would handle the situation with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his contract. Whaley was tactful but direct in saying he would have the team move on without Roethlisberger.
Me personally, I would say ‘Thank you, Ben, you’re the best, we wouldn’t have two Super Bowl trophies without you, you will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, we’ll play in the Hall of Fame game when you’re inducted, we will have you back to put you on the wall, but thanks for your service, we’re gonna have to go in a different direction for both of us.
The Steelers are in a tough spot with Roethlisberger, who wants to come back, and his massive contract. Pittsburgh is certainly approaching this like a business decision and as we’ve seen in the past when it comes to star players, the front office has no qualms about moving on without them.