Whispers from around the NFL

Updated: December 13, 2004, 11:02 AM ET
Pro Football Weekly
  • While Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger asserts himself in the huddle, a source close to the team reports the rookie is not overly vocal in the locker room, with veterans doing most of the talking. According to the source, there is "mutual respect" between Roethlisberger and his veteran teammates.

  • Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan avoided answering any questions about his future last week when pressed on the topic. We're told if Shanahan desires another job outside of Denver, such as the Dolphins' head-coaching job, it would have to be a move initiated by him, because he has what appears to be steadfast support from ownership.