“There’s a lot of problems in Pittsburgh, the quarterback isn’t one of them.”
The Steelers were crushed in a 55-31 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. The Steelers organization has been around for 80 and half years. In those 80 and half years the team has NEVER surrendered 55 points to an opposing team and with the 55 points came 610 yards on offense for the Patriots, another number the Steelers have NEVER given up.
It’s the most points and net yardage the Steelers have ever given up during their storied history. It’s also the most points scored by a team this NFL season so far. The Steelers should be embarrassed by what happened to them on Sunday.
This Steelers’ team is in shambles and as Simms put it, “there’s a lot of problems in Pittsburgh.” When there’s a lot of problems in Pittsburgh the fingers begin pointing every which way. There’s plenty of blame to go around, whether it’s at Head Coach Mike Tomlin, General Manager Kevin Colbert or the Rooney’s. One direction that the finger shouldn’t point in is the direction of the quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
The Pittsburgh yinzers want the entire team canned going forward. Some want Tomlin, Todd Haley and Dick LeBeau out, while others moan the players aren’t good enough or are too old.
All are valuable arguments, how could they not be? This team stinks and that much is clear but one player is always under fire, the quarterback. I’ve seen it countless times not even just this season, people calling for a new quarterback, a Roethlisberger-less Steelers.
The fact that people blame Roethlisberger for this team’s lack of production is absurd. Is he perfect? No. Is he an excellent quarterback, absolutely. The people who think Roethlisberger needs to go are either too blinded by the Steelers’ poor record of 2-6 or stuck in the 70’s with Terry Bradshaw and his four Super Bowl rings.
Do these people realize that in the times between Bradshaw and Roethlisberger this team had average Joe quarterbacks who couldn’t shine Bradshaw’s or Roethlisberger’s shoes. It wasn’t until Roethlisberger came along did the Steelers get back to being the dominant franchise they were.
I’m not saying that it was solely Roethlisberger that brought two more Super Bowls to this team, he had plenty of help. The same could be said for Bradshaw. However, it could be said that Roethlisberger won two Super Bowls with less help than Bradshaw did when he won his four.
Early in Roethlisberger’s career it was easy to not be a fan of him, due largely in part to his off field behavior. He built a reputation of being a motorcycle crashing, self-centered, grade A, jerk. His run in with rape accusations made him appear to be no better than players like Michael Vick.
On the field however, Roethlisberger should have never been ridiculed for how he was. He helped bring the 2005, AFC wild card Steelers the “one for the thumb” and displayed one of the most clutch performances in NFL history to give the Steelers the most Super Bowl victories in the NFL.
Roethlisberger seems to have abandoned his selfish ways and has truly changed for the better, but something he hasn’t had to change is the way he plays. The Steelers and their fans need to recognize how lucky they are to have a quarterback in Roethlisberger.
Look at teams like Cleveland, Jacksonville, or Tampa Bay; team’s that constantly play the quarterback shuffle. They aren’t powerhouses in the league and never have been. The Steelers have established themselves as a team that, season after season, is in playoff and even Super Bowl talk. Even though that’s not the case this season, it still holds true for past seasons.
Roethlisberger in the game against the Patriots was 28 for 48, threw for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw two picks and had a lost fumble but for as many turnovers as he had he also threw quite a bit of dimes too. In a game where the Steelers lost 55-31, Roethlisberger put up tremendous numbers. There’s very little help for Roethlisberger on this team and a lot of time I believe that leads to him doing too much, too much leads to bad decision thus resulting in turnovers.
It may sound like I’m making Roethlisberger out to be the greatest quarterback to play the game. He’s not, nor will he ever be but he deserves a lot more credit than most give him. It won’t truly set in for some until Roethlisberger’s career is done and the next quarterback steps in. Appreciate him now that he’s here because when he’s not, Steeler Nation will miss Big Ben, big time.
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