Every single Steelers fan knows Ben Roethlisberger is among the best in the game. We’ve known this for years. It should be common knowledge by now. However, analysts and sport authorities are only just know realizing how truly great he really is.
It was probably his back to back 6 touchdown games against the Colts and Ravens that proved his abilities. Maybe its the fact that Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees are getting up there in age which made their level of play recede a bit which makes Ben look better by comparison.
The latter is an insult to Roethlisberger and everything he has strived to achieve. Ben is better because of an increase of skill level. It also doesn’t hurt to have a pretty darn good O-line.
Without Big Ben, the Steelers are nothing. Playoff hopes and contention might as well fly out the window. No matter how good Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell are, Ben will always be the more important player. Not just because he’s the quarterback, but because of what he brings to the table.
Whether its his ability to improvise out of the pocket or throw a clutch pass, he’s one man you want on your team.
Its those qualities that make him a lethal weapon. More and more analysts and football fans alike are rating him as a Top 5 quarterback, usually finding a home at around 2nd-3rd place.
It always baffled me how many people would leave Ben out of their Top 5 a few years back. It was plainly obvious that he wasn’t your average joe.
Nowadays Madden NFL 16 has been showing him some love, giving him a 95 overall average. That’s just behind Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady while tied with Drew Brees.
As we edge closer to the regular season, I expect Ben will only improve as he finds his groove. With Le’veon Bell still expected to miss the first few games, we should see an influx of passing touchdowns.
Maybe he’ll throw for over 5,000 yards this year, as he was so close last time. If had achieved that milestone, who knows how much more attention he would’ve gotten? However, like Coach Mike Tomlin once said, “I don’t deal with hypotheticals.” So that’s that.
Ben Roethlisberger will have a lot of eyes on him this time around. I doubt he’ll let everyone down.
Stats and info courtesy of Steelers.com and NFL.com