AFC North

Tomlin not alarmed as Roethlisberger ponders future

As a general philosophy, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin treats each individual season as its own unique entity, with no direct through line from one to the next.

Considering his quarterback's current state of mind, probably a good idea.

While Tomlin believes the Steelers have a "championship caliber" team a couple days removed from an ugly blowout loss to New England in the AFC title game, his franchise's most important player isn't guaranteeing a return in 2017. Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan that he needs time to reflect before coming back for a 14th season.

"I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to...