Recap from Ben’s final radio show of the season on 93.7 The Fan:
On his future:
“I was talking to my wife about it last night, and I was talking to my agent about it, and Coach [Tomlin] about it…you know, I’m going to take this season to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that, and just take some time away to evaluate next season – if there’s going to be a next season – all those things.
“You know, at this point in my career, and at my age, it’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”
When asked directly if he would be playing next season:
“Like I said, I’m going to re-evaluate with my family, and do a lot of praying about it, and to make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family. I’m not, by any means, saying ‘I’m not coming back’ or anything like that. I’m just saying that I’m at the point of my career where I think it’s prudent, just like I think James is doing, and other guys who have been in the league a long time do, to evaluate, to just make sure. You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it, and in a healthy spot. You don’t want to be ‘carted out’. You don’t want to leave this game and be worse for wear.”
On the loss in the AFC Championship:
“They outplayed us. They were the better team on that day, and it showed. They out-coached us, they outplayed us, they out-executed us and the better team won the football game. It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“Looking closer at how they were outplayed, Ben reiterated what he said after the game that the stage may have been too big for some of their young guys. Guys have to understand that the game can’t be too big, and I think it was for some guys. And that’s ok, they’re going to have to learn.”
On Le’Veon Bell’s groin injury & whether they knew about it prior to the game:
“Yes, yep. We knew that Le’Veon was kind of dealing with this, he’s been dealing with it for a couple of weeks.”
On whether he’s opposed in any way to running the quarterback sneak:
“I have no problem sneaking, I think my sneak percentage…is pretty successful, in the high 90s. We’ve done it before. I’ve never ever in my life expressed not wanting to do it, I have no problem doing it, I would have done it three or four times in a row if we had to. The plays come in from Coach Haley and I call them.”
You can listen here.