NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" on Thursday that the "biggest obstacle" to Roethlisberger staying in Pittsburgh long-term is the quarterback's unwillingness to change his playing style as he enters the back-nine of his playing career.
Our translation: After watching him take too many crushing hits due to his sandlot style over the past decade, the Steelers want Roethlisberger to curb his injury risk by making better pre-snap reads and getting the ball out of his hands faster.
Roethlisberger has two years left on an eight-year, $102 million contract signed in 2008, but both sides likely will revisit that deal this offseason. If the Steelers make another big-money commitment to their franchise quarterback, it's understandable that they want him to become "more of a cerebral player and not just a physical wonder," as Silver explained.
That's a wise sentiment. We can't say the same for leaking word to the public that an already frustrated Roethlisberger isn't doing enough outside the classroom.