Here is why Big Ben isn’t bouncing back against the Chiefs in Week 6

Jason Whitlock talks Big Ben and the Steelers with Eric Davis, Eric Dickerson and Doug Gottlieb

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- Big Ben for the last 10 years, probably my favorite player. He's from the Mid-American conference. He plays like John Elway, my favorite quarterback of all time. I love Big Ben. There's a problem here that I just don't think he's going to shake it off. I think he's got one foot in the game, and an eye looking to get out of the game.

I think he's like Richard Sherman. Sherman, actually, I think has been playing pretty good from my eyes. But they're handling themselves in the media right now to set themselves up for a media career when it's over.

Big Ben has a foot in the game, a foot out of the game. He talked about retirement during the off season. I don't think he's going to shake it off against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. I don't see a big bounce back.

- Well, I think he'll shake it off because he can't play worse than he did last week. There's no way he's going to regress from that, OK? He's not throwing six, all right, so he will play better. But I do agree with you that once you start thinking about retiring in this sport, you've already retired.

You have to be all in. You can't be thinking about the next thing because it starts to affect your play, and the bad can start to grow, went snowball. And I think that's the case with some of the things that are happening with Pittsburgh this season. They've got a quarterback that all off season was saying he probably wouldn't come back. So guys start to question when things go wrong.

- It's certain teams, you have their number. When I played with the Rams, us, the Patriots had our number. Even when they weren't good, they could still beat us-- beat us with a Hail Mary, last play of the game, pow. Redskins, another team, had our number.

Big Ben seems to have Kansas City's number. I mean, he's done very well against them. And like you said, I don't think he playing no worse.

- You can't.

- I mean, they need to run the ball more with Le'Veon Bell. I mean, you've got to do that. And you can't just try to throw the ball solo. I think last week, he tried to make up to Antonio Brown when the week before he didn't throw the ball to him. He tried to stick it in too many times. It comes to a point that, hey, dog. I ain't going to throw it to you as much, so just be ready for this.

- That's the problem with those big contracts and the big egos of wide receivers. It happened with Calvin Johnson at times in Detroit. We saw with Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper used to try and gun the ball into him, and you brought up their dominance over the Chiefs. When they beat them in the playoffs, and they didn't score a touchdown, Le'Veon Bell had 170 yards rushing. All right, this is a running team that has some weapons outside.

But I would agree with you. I think he set himself up for a media career. I think a lot of these quarterbacks in their 30s are like, damn, Tony Romo. He didn't even win a Super Bowl. He barely won a playoff game, and he's in the big chair at CBS. That should be me, so I think there's some jealousy there.

And I think Ben has always been a search for a compliment guy. I don't know if I have it anymore. No, Ben, you're good enough. You're smart enough. People like you.

So I think there's a lot of things working, but this team is a mess, guys. It just is. You brought up the controversies, brought up the lack of running game, Le'Veon wasn't there, didn't get the contract that he wanted.

There's a lot of stuff there. I don't think that he improves. I think the play calling improves. But I still think they get beat because Kansas City's just a better football team.

- I think Pittsburgh and the Steelers are a microcosm of what's going on in the NFL with a lot of teams. A lot of selfish behavior, and I think we go back to what Nate Boyer was talking about, and about sports being a unifier in bringing people together. I think our culture, the overall culture, makes it harder to bring people together. And it's most evident within the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I'll share this bit of insight about the Kansas City Chiefs, the 5 and 0 Kansas City Chiefs. From what I've been told, Andy Reid addressed the national anthem controversy last year and has never said another word about it. The Chiefs haven't had one meeting about it.

No one's been instructed about what Stan's said, the big weekend when everybody got upset with Donald Trump. Chiefs didn't say a word about it. Guys just did what the hell they wanted to do. Somehow they've ignored this controversy. Marcus Peters, do you want to sit down and be a spectacle of yourself? No one cares. We're just playing football.

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers engulfed by this controversy because Antonio Brown, he's a selfish guy. Le'Veon Bell wants to get paid. Big Ben is starting to look at his post career and upset about the play calling. They got a hot mess in Pittsburgh, and a lot of teams do, but it's just most acute here.

- Well this is the only thing I have to say to take up for the guys that are playing today. This isn't the first time. This era right here, this season right here, isn't the first season where guys wanted their money, where guys wanted to get paid, where guys-- and you can call the guy selfish. I played with guys that would--

- Huh?

- --go at coaches--

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- that wanted the ball every single time. I know defensive players that wanted their money. I know defensive players--

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- Hey, who don't want to get paid? We play because we love the game, but come on.

- That's not what I'm saying. But guys used to put it aside, get into--

- No, they didn't. No they didn't.

- --get into the season.

- You didn't have Twitter. You didn't have Twitter.

- As a matter of fact, you know what, you give me your check. I'm going to take your check this month. Don't you worry about it.

- This has always been apart of it.

- You don't want to get paid. You don't want money.

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