Ben Roethlisberger: 'Maybe I don't have it anymore'

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier

Roethlisberger was?33-for-55 on Sunday during a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.?He threw two pick-sixes in a game for the first time since 2006, and he became the first Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five interceptions in one game. The Steelers' offense had been absolute piss up to that point, but it was easy to see how the game might go all wrong for the Jags: A three-and-out from deep in their own territory; a suddenly locked-in Roethlisberger leads a touchdown drive; another three-and-out for the Jags; another heroic drive from Roethlisberger to win it at the death.

Roethlisberger, who was already pondering retirement after the 2016 season, looked visibly shaken after what could go down as the worst performance of his career. Without knowing what is going on behind the scenes all we can do is speculate. Still, his postgame words have spread, and running back Le'Veon Bell was asked his opinion on Monday. Roethlisberger had attempted 32 passes, completing 20 for 193 yards.

"We weren't as balanced as we would like", Tomlin said.

"You're always going to have questions in that area". He got the ball on the next play, and went straight through the middle for 11 yards.

Including, perhaps, the play calling. He also was credited with seven tackles and four pass breakups.

At that point they had set themselves up to salt away the game by virtue of scoring twice on defense and having Fournette plunge over the goal line. No disrespect if I don't discuss the minutia with you all. "I have that belief that I'm one of the best that's ever done it, one of the best that's ever played this position and you have to have that confidence".

Roethlisberger was seemingly being facetious after the game when he said, "Maybe I don't have it anymore".

Tomlin, of course, has the final say on the matter.

A visibly frustrated Roethlisberger placed the blame exclusively on his shoulders and said "maybe I don't have it anymore" when asked if he could put his finger on what's gone wrong. "He'll be given an opportunity to prove that and in his wide receiver play this week and see where it leads us".

Tomlin said he didn't need any help from the coaching booth when he made a decision to throw the challenge flag twice against Jacksonville. He is tied for fourth in interceptions with two and is tied for second in pass breakups with nine.

Tomlin said he rarely challenges the spot of a ball, but he thought he had a good view of the play. Like I said, I'm going to put it behind me, just because I put it behind me doesn't mean I don't care about it. I challenged it. I didn't win the challenge.

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