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Blazedby92
08-24-2010, 06:08 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d819fc41c/article/cowher-expects-a-more-mature-roethlisberger-will-emerge?module=HP_headlines

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said it was hard to get through to Ben Roethlisberger after the quarterback had so much success early in his career.

Yet Cowher believes the sexual assault investigation that led to a six-game suspension for Roethlisberger was a "slap in the face" that has led to some much-needed maturity.



In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cowher described how Roethlisberger used to respond to advice about his off-field behavior. "'But we're winning games. We're winning championships'," Cowher recounted. "'What do you mean? Isn't that what we're here to do?' "

"Yeah," Cowher said, "but there's more to it than that.

"It's the whole body of work. It's you as a person, what kind of legacy you want to leave. I really think he understands that now."

Cowher coached Roethlisberger during the quarterback's first three seasons -- in Year 2, Roethlisberger became the youngest at the position to win a Super Bowl. Roethlisberger picked up another ring under Mike Tomlin after Cowher retired, only to put his stellar career in jeopardy.

Roethlisberger was not charged after a Georgia college student accused him of sexual assault, but Commissioner Roger Goodell still suspended him for the first six games of the season, citing a "pattern of behavior" embarrassing to the NFL.

Roethlisberger has said Cowher was one of the people he turned to for advice as he tried to get his life back on track, and that the two are now closer than ever before.

"Just like with your children, sometimes when you say things to them: 'Yeah, right.' They have all the answers," Cowher said. "All of a sudden, the older they get: 'Maybe he's right about that.'

"I think Ben has had a chance to reflect a lot. I think he's a good person. While it's unfortunate, I think it may be an eye-opener to him, kind of a slap in the face."

"It's the whole body of work. It's you as a person, what kind of legacy you want to leave," he added. "I really think he understands that now."
-- Bill Cowher on Ben RoethlisbergerBefore the Georgia case, there were earlier incidents, too. Roethlisberger was badly injured in a motorcycle accident while riding without a helmet or a permit after his first Super Bowl victory in 2006. He also is being sued by a woman who alleged he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino. Roethlisberger denies the accusation and was not charged. He has sued for counter-damages.

Some people mature later than others, Cowher said, and he believes Roethlisberger is a late bloomer.

"There's no question as a player he's always been a great player," Cowher said. "But there's a lot more to this professionally than that. It's how you carry yourself off the field. I think he realizes that now. I really think you're going to see a different person."

Even without Roethlisberger to start the season, Cowher thinks his former team will be just fine because the coaches have time to prepare for the suspension, which could be reduced to four games.

"I know a lot of players on that team. They need to hear that they can't do something," Cowher said. "That always seems to be the impetus to say, 'OK, we'll show you.' "

Since Cowher retired after the 2006 season, the rest of the NFL has wondered whether he will show he can coach again. His name seems to come up whenever there is an opening, and Cowher isn't going to quell that talk.

"I certainly will look into situations with open ears," he said.

For now, he's an analyst for CBS, which allows him to stay close to the game if he does choose to coach again -- or lets him fulfill his football cravings without returning to the field. At the network's NFL media day Tuesday, he said his new colleagues have become family, just like it was with the Steelers, and he would only leave for an ideal situation.

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"I'm not sitting there lobbying for any one team," Cowher said. "You know what? I always thought, you'll know. When the time comes, you'll know. Right now the season's starting, and my thoughts aren't on coaching. My thoughts are on trying to give great coverage."

The familiarity of football season offers comfort for Cowher, whose his wife, Kaye, died of skin cancer a month ago. Cowher said he never considered taking time off.

"As all our family's doing right now, we're all kind of moving on with our lives. It's the way my wife would have wanted it," he said. "I'm just very thankful for everybody in America who reached out, sent e-mails, texts, the donations they've made to a couple of charities. It's been very heartfelt, very sincere. I couldn't be more grateful."

HUNT4SEVEN
08-24-2010, 06:34 PM
Ben better get his Sh!^ together or he will be on the outside looking in, i hope he gets his stuff in order, he has the talent he just needs to grow up like yesterday...

K Train
08-24-2010, 06:49 PM
stfu cowher

steelersbabex25
08-24-2010, 06:50 PM
Yet Cowher believes the sexual assault investigation that led to a six-game suspension for Roethlisberger was a "slap in the face" that has led to some much-needed maturity.

...6 game suspension?

nuclearchihuahuas
08-24-2010, 07:53 PM
I think Bill Cowher is a wise man and sees Ben for who he is...good and not so good. Great read, thanks for posting!

coldrolled
08-25-2010, 05:56 AM
Some people mature later than others, Cowher said, and he believes Roethlisberger is a late bloomer.

with that said lets see... 2 more SB's BB

Layin the wood
08-25-2010, 07:01 AM
Great read!! I think BB will learn a great deal from this and be a much better person and QB in the future!!

Prosdo
08-25-2010, 08:33 AM
One can only hope he matures. If he doesn't after this there is no hope for him.

LatrobePA
08-25-2010, 09:53 AM
Ben will be fine...BC can lick a sack he gave up his last year here.....

roosterray
08-25-2010, 11:40 AM
So does this mean he's going to clean up his image with Terry Bradshaw next.?

LatrobePA
08-25-2010, 11:55 AM
So does this mean he's going to clean up his image with Terry Bradshaw next.?

They'll be BFF's, Ben can go hang on the ranch during his weeks off!

KSSteelerfan
08-25-2010, 12:59 PM
Here's to hoping that BB really does mend his ways.:thinking:

TampaSteelGirl
08-26-2010, 01:10 PM
I think Bill Cowher is a wise man and sees Ben for who he is...good and not so good. Great read, thanks for posting!

I agree....Cowher felt like a father figure to these guys...wise words to Ben. im sure he didn't see it then..but i'm sure he does now. It was a big ole biatch slap in his face...he was bigger than his persona. I see a more mature Ben this year...im excited! :tt02:

Dean Denton
08-29-2010, 04:57 AM
I agree....Cowher felt like a father figure to these guys...wise words to Ben. im sure he didn't see it then..but i'm sure he does now. It was a big ole biatch slap in his face...he was bigger than his persona. I see a more mature Ben this year...im excited! :tt02: Ben has always been good during the season, its the off-season where he gets into trouble. I dont care what anyone says, I dont trust him. Not yet anyways. Look, it could be a few years maybe even after he GETS retired before anything happens again, but make no mistake something will happen. Ego is a nasty bitch when it gets a hold of you. For the record Ben and Bradshaw will never be friends...Go Steelers...:)

mos07
08-29-2010, 04:40 PM
I lost all respect for Cowher after he fired up that siren at the Hurricane/Penguins playoff game...it was like a slap in the face after 15 good years.........