Roethlisberger exited the Steelers’ 2019 Week Two matchup with the Seattle Seahawks before it was revealed the next day that he would require surgery and, as a result, miss the rest of the season.
The 38-year-old, who is heading into his 17th season in the NFL, threw for a league-high 452 of 675 passing for 5,129 yards and a career-best 34 touchdowns in 2018.
There are people who think that he will come back better from that injury than he was prior to it because he’ll be pain free for the first time in a long time, said Reinebold on Inside the Huddle.
He’s had a long time to rehab. All the indications are from everybody I’ve talked to, they anticipate, I know the Steelers brass feels this way, that he’ll be a better Ben Roethlisberger after the surgery.
Pittsburgh adopted a new look in 2019 as they adjusted to life without wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, who signed with the New York Jets after sitting out 2018.
Besides Roethlisberger, the Steelers also lost wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner for four games each due to injury.
After a 0-3 start, they produced a 7-1 run mid-way through the season before finishing 8-8 and second in the AFC North.
I think it might be Mike Tomlin’s best job since he’s been in Pittsburgh and he’s won a Super Bowl there, added Reinebold.
They had a stretch where it looked like they were going to the playoffs and I think he did a great job of keeping a team together. I’ve never been a big Tomlin fan but I thought he did an outstanding job last year, coaching a really hurt team.