I heard what Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was saying. I heard it loud and clear. Did you? If you didn’t, that’s on you. Because, to me at least, it was clear as clear could be. First, what Roethlisberger said — in quote form — just a few moments after the Steelers were inexplicably and stunningly bounced out of the playoffs by Jacksonville on Sunday: “I definitely have a desire to play football,” he said. “I love this game. I love these guys. It’s tough, it stings, you hate to lose at home. I feel bad because I feel like I let the fans down, let my teammates down and I don’t know about contracts and who is coming back, but I know who the guys up front are, and that makes it good for me. I look forward to next year with those guys.” That’s exactly what Big Ben said. Know what he was doing by saying that? Making a preemptive, proactive statement that pretty much said (and this is my opinion here) “I ain’t going anywhere and they aren’t going to fire me, so you can go ahead and get rid of Todd Haley now.” To me, it was loud and clear. Ben was getting ahead of the drama and making it known he will be around in an attempt to force the Steelers’ hand on not extending Haley another contract.