Jason Whitlock gives Ben Roethlisberger credit for the way he’s handled the off-season

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Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, Greg Jennings and Ty Law talk Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

- Cowherd, do you think Big Ben trusts Tomlin?

- No, because his complaints were always about discipline. And Mike Tomlin, as good as he is at the microphone, is not a disciplinarian. He's Pete Carroll.

JASON WHITLOCK: A lot of discipline at the microphone--

- So I mean, I think I think he's celebrating Todd Haley's gone, because I do think there was a-- I think Ben likes Mike Tomlin. I think some of his habits bother him. It's a young locker room, it's chatter-y. But I think Ben likes Tomlin.

I don't think Ben liked Todd Haley, and so I think he's really happy that Todd Haley-- very confrontational. Bruce Arians told me two weeks ago, Ben doesn't like to be yelled at. Haley yells. You told me Haley's kind of a bully. So I think he's always liked Mike. I mean, they're tough guys, but I just think Mike's DNA as a coach sometimes irritates Ben.

- I just think like is so overrated. And does he respect Mike Tomlin? I would say not to the degree that he perhaps should or could, because he's had all these complaints publicly, as you said, about discipline.

What I will give Ben credit for is I think the organization, Mike Tomlin, and Big Ben have clearly-- and the new guy, the quarterbacks coach they promoted to offensive coordinator-- clearly had a discussion and said, we've got to start over again. March-- or January 24, 25, whatever today is, we need to move this day forward.

And that's what I think Ben is saying here-- is the slate is clean. I'm on board. We've made some adjustments that I like. I'm going to support Mike Tomlin. We're going to attack trying to win the Super Bowl next year with us all on the same page.

- Well, I think after coming so close and all the high expectations of supposed to be the Super Bowl favorites, suppose to have knocked New England off their throne, it kind of brings you together a little bit. It can tear you apart or bring you together. Unfortunately, it was bad for the offensive coordinator. Somebody had to go.

But Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin-- I think they're on the same page. I mean, we don't know what's going on, really, inside that locker room. All we do know is that somebody had to be the scapegoat and it happened to be their offensive coordinator. I mean, I probably would have did the same thing if you got Big Ben Roethlisberger, you've got a third and 1, and you run a sweep. Big Ben Roethlisberger is 250 pounds.

Mike Tomlin, in my opinion, should have said, you know what, override that, because I know that's what Coach Belichick would've done. If it was a play that was called, because Belichick has the mic, guess what, we not running that. Hey, we're going to-- you better run a quarterback sneak right here. So I think there was a disconnect somewhere within the coaching staff and I don't know if Big Ben has the ability or-- to say, you know what?


- The freedom to say, you know what? I'm going to check this off right now.

- How does he-- I've heard-- that's funny, because I've read that before, and I'm always like, how does Big Ben not have the--

- I mean, that's what you would think. That's what you would think. But I know Tom would have said, you know what, hey, guess what. We're going to run the quarterback sneak. I'll deal with that when I get back to the sidelines. You know, that's just a difference between Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger--

COLIN COWHERD: And their freedom.

- And their freedom-- Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick. It comes down to the people that's making the decision and somebody is saying, you know what? I don't care what's being called over here by the offensive coordinator. I'll deal with it, and this is what I'm to do.

- I don't think it's a matter of does he trust Mike Tomlin or not. I think he's finally coming to grips with the Steelers organization, the Rooney family. They don't turn over head coaches. Mike Tomlin isn't going anywhere. Deal with it.

We will get rid of Todd Haley. Obviously, we understand there was a rift there. And I think that his frustration grew from that and it kind of went over and spilled over into Mike Tomlin because he's the head guy. He's the one I'm going to vent to, if you will.

But Tomlin has always been supportive of Ben Roethlisberger. When you look at that game-- you alluded to it-- against New England, Tomlin didn't lose them that game.

- No.

- A lot of fingers can point at Ben Roethlisberger and say, Ben. If you would have just been smarter with the football, we would have had a chance to beat these guys. And so I think when he takes a step back and he looks at the things that he's said-- and now they are getting rid of Todd Haley.

They're doing things to make sure that, OK, Ben. We're going to appease you a little bit as well, because you deserve that. But we're not getting rid of Mike Tomlin.

- And you shouldn't.

- This is what we are.

- And you shouldn't.

- Absolutely not.

- He's a great coach.