The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been in the headlines around the NFL for years. History has shown that the Steelers will tend to always be in contention for the playoffs. This is mainly because of their quarterback behind center. Ben Roethlisberger has proven that he is heading for Canton, Ohio when his career is over. His amazing resume speaks for himself and he is well on his way to getting that golden jacket. That moment seems like it should come sooner rather than later.
It is shocking to say, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are the worst team in the AFC North division right now. The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and even the Cincinnati Bengals are all 3-1. The Steelers currently sit at the bottom of the group with a 1-3 record. A huge reason for this record has to do with the play of their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is showing signs that Father Time is catching up to him and it is affecting his team big time.
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Horrid Start to the Season
In the NFL, a hot start to the season can go a long way in the push for the playoffs. When your team starts the season with a 1-3 record, that could be a major sign of what is to come for your playoff chances. The person everyone always turns to in a situation like this is the quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger has not put up a superstar performance yet this season. It is one of the major reasons why the Steelers’ offense has been borderline invisible.
The Steelers’ defense has held their own and given their team a chance to win every week. The only reason the Steelers have a win this year is because of their defense and their special teams in Buffalo. So far this season, through four games, Ben Roethlisberger has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions. He only has 1,033 passing yards and has a passer rating average of 78.9. That is a scary number to look at.
This is Ben Roethlisberger in the “best shape of his life.” pic.twitter.com/MCFjgAaIy8
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A man with the figure of Ben Roethlisberger playing quarterback is not very common. Big Ben is a freak of nature with his size. He has warranted the nickname “Big Ben”, but sometimes it can have its consequences. Roethlisberger has had his fair share of injures over the course of his career. From knee injuries, elbow surgeries, to even concussions, Big Ben has taken a beating. It seems like the injuries are taking a toll on Roethlisberger this season as well.
Head coach of the Steelers Mike Tomlin told the press that Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with some “hip issues”. He isn’t as mobile as he has been in the past and his arm is clearly on the decline for his power. He constantly misses his targets by a wide margin recently and it is getting frustrating for the Steelers’ offense. If Big Ben pushes himself to play even with these injuries, he is putting himself at risk of causing some serious damage to his body. It seems like it might be better off to just sit a few weeks or even better, just sit for good.
#Steelers Ben Roethlisberger is dealing w hip issue. Has struggled this season with 4TDs and 4 picks. He ranks 29th in yards per attempt at 6.1. #Broncos defense needs to travel well and produce multiple takeaways. #Denver7
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 5, 2021
Nothing To Prove
If Ben Roethlisberger deceided to retire tomorrow, I don’t think he would have any regrets on his career. The man has balled out over his career and the numbers have proven that. Over his career so far, Big Ben has thrown for 61,381 yards and 400 touchdowns. He has appeared in three Super Bowls and has won two of them. This includes one of the most iconic drives in Super Bowl history that lead to one of the most iconic catches of all time.
He changed the culture in Pittsburgh to bring the team back to a championship team year in and year out ever since he took over. Pittsburgh fans have the right to be angry at his performance this season for sure. That doesn’t take away what he has given to the city of Pittsburgh and the Steelers. Overall, it seems like his NFL career is on the decline. Just like Peyton Manning, his career revolving around his defense right now, only this time I don’t see a Super Bowl ending for Big Ben.
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