As Roethlisberger goes so do the Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is the starting quarterback of a team that is known for stellar, top notch defense. With names such as Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu the Steelers legacy has always been on the defensive side of the ball.
Big Ben has changed this thinking because no one in the NFL, not named Peyton, is as crucial to his team’s success or failure as Roethlisberger is to the Steelers.
The Steelers’ quarterback finished the year throwing for 4,077 yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
While many will focus on the positive and impressive yardage he put up, it was his turnovers that hurt the Steelers and put them in crucial situations. His 14 interceptions and 7 fumbles were the most since back in 2008.
The Steelers need their quarterback and in the eight years Roethlisberger has been in the league he has only played one complete season.
His value, despite the amount of turnovers, is immeasurable for a team that over the years has lost a power running game.
The Steelers offensive identity has been to pound the ball between the tackles to eventually open up the down-field passing game. However, as time has gone on the offense is no longer suited for this.
Roethlisberger’s agility and capabilities often allows him enough time to throw down field. Without these skills the Steelers would be nowhere and without Big Ben the same could be said.