Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has admitted that there was confusion near the end of the loss to the New England Patriots. Part of it may have been because they didn’t even try to call timeout, apparently, after wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster’s big play.
“Interesting,” wrote NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. “Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers were still deciding whether to call timeout after that huge JuJu Smith-Schuster gain at the end of the Pats game, but ref Tony Corrente assumed he was — and whistled it.”
The intrigue grows, though. Roethlisberger appears to be pointing fingers at who is to blame, but many quickly called him out, saying the broadcast clearly shows who called the timeout — Roethlisberger himself.
“I love Ben, but this is blatantly not true on his part,” wrote Simon Chester of USA Today. “He can be clearly seen calling for the timeout as he runs down the field after JuJu’s big play for the Steelers.”
“On broadcast, Ben signals TO pretty quickly,” added ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
It’s unclear why Roethlisberger would tell such a different story than the tape. It is worth noting that perhaps he thought the refs didn’t see him and were waiting on the coaching staff to make the call.
He was also asked, if he had spiked the ball at the end of the game instead of running a play and throwing an interception, would the Steelers have just tied the game with a field goal or gone for it to get the win?
“I would have loved it,” Roethlisberger said, per Fowler. “I think Coach Tomlin is almost crazy enough to go for it.”