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Bill Cowher Talks Roethlisberger

Former Steeler head coach Bill Cowher recently opened up to the AP (which is having quite the week, between this scoop and the Pirate documents), and it sounds like his relationship with Ben Roethlisberger has gotten much better with age. That's good news, because it sounds like the relationship had nowhere to go but up.

Cowher and Roethlisberger famously had some squabbles over the years, but managed to win a ton of games and even a Super Bowl. In Ben's mind, that was basically all that mattered:

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cowher described how Roethlisberger used to respond to advice about his off-field behavior. "'But we're winning games. We're winning championships,'" Cowher recounted. "'What do you mean? Isn't that what we're here to do?'"

"Yeah," Cowher said, "but there's more to it than that."

Cowher goes on to talk about how Roethlisberger may have finally grown up, with the Georgia incident "kind of a slap in the face," but I don't think anyone can make that call just yet. You would think the Tahoe incident would have been that slap in the face, but I don't think it altered Ben's lifestyle very much. You would think the motorcycle crash would have been another wake-up call to his live-on-the-edge, listen-to-no-one lifestyle, but that wasn't, either. Who knows what else may have happened in Ben's personal life that the public didn't know about, either.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Cowher and Roethlisberger have ironed out their differences, but I just think it's too early to declare Ben a changed man. I like what I've heard so far in camp from #7, but let's try to go a few years without an allegation and revisit his maturity then.

Cowher: Roethlisberger finally showing maturity [AP via Yahoo!]

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