By: Maeshaila Boggan 1:20PM EST 5/26/21
Since 1933, the Pittsburgh Steelers have only had two quarterbacks that have bought them to the promise land and have won it. Those two quarterbacks are Terry Bradshaw and of course Ben Roethlisberger. Since Bradshaw retired in 1983, Steelers and their fans have saw some real dark times due to not having a quarterback that can replace or fill in for Bradshaw and that is a stage that the Steelers doesn’t want to revisit ever again, and rightfully so due to the history that have which is not good. The Steelers struggled find a QB for over forty years and have not won a Super Bowl due to that.
If Steeler fans want to know why the Steelers chose not to move on from Roethlisberger, just ask teams like the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts how they days are now post Tom Brady and Peyton Manning era?
The remaining question is does the Steelers future Hall of Fame QB still have enough football left in the tank to keep on playing more years or enough for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl, and the answer is Yes! Yes he does. Steeler fans shouldn’t panic about the future due to now existing within their current QB and the team they have. What the should panic about is the lack of offense that was around him and his receivers. You can’t ask a quarterback coming off major elbow surgery to throw the ball over sixty time a game without a running game and a balanced offensive line and expect to be in the Super Bowl. I do not care how top tier your QB is nor your defense, which is all the Pittsburgh had this past season that was unquestionable.
To all people say that Ben Roethlisberger is holding this team back obviously didn’t watch the same season as myself or anyone with any brain & knowledge of football. If you and I watched the same 2020 season then you would have saw that the ball would not have moved at all on the offense if number #7 was not under center throwing back. Ben Roethlisberger returning the team is the best thing that can happen to this team offensively besides gaining a running game this offseason and here is why.
For a QB coming off major elbow surgery to repair three torn tendons to his throwing arm, he did beyond well and better than many expected, especially me. In 2020, Roethlisberger averaged 33 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 3,803 passing yards while playing 16 games last season. He finished ranking 7th in touchdowns, completing 64.4% of his passes and had a QBR of 94.4% and this is without a running game, bad offensive coordinator, and low balanced beat up offensive line. Imagine how well his comeback season would’ve been if he would of had a running game attack and an offensive line.
With that being said, the Steelers had the 32nd ranked rushing attack in football. Since the Super Bowl era has began, there has not been one team that has competed in, let alone win the Super Bowl that did not have a well balanced offensive line nor a running game attack.
Check all the top tier teams that have won the Super Bowl, the 2005 & 2008 Steelers, the 2007 & 2011 New York Giants, the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, the 2013 Seattle Seahawks, the 2015 Denver Broncos, the 2018 New England Patriots, the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs, and more recently the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Each of these teams have all had a running game when they competed in the Super Bowl, Steeler fans, how you expect your team to be one of those teams without having neither one?
If I am the Steelers I am doing all I can to win now. Why?
Ben Roethlisberger will be competing in his 18ths NFL season in 2021, along with but DE Cameron Heyward , NT Tyson Alualu, CB Joe Haden will be competing in their 12th season in the NFL. On top of that DE Stephon Tuitt will be entering his 9th, CB Cameron Sutton will entering his 8th, LB TJ Watt entering his 6th, and both starting safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick & Terrell Edmunds will both entering their 5th season. This upcoming year 8 out 12 of their projected defensive starters will be entering this season playing in the NFL half of a decade or more.
““We know he’s an explosive quarterback that can throw the ball all over the field, but I think around, we’ve just got to be complementary, whether it’s on offense, defense, special teams. Ben’s still got the goods. Anyone that tells you otherwise, they haven’t really looked at football. You give that guy a good running game and tell him he doesn’t have to throw the ball 50, 60 times, he’s going to be that much more dangerous, and I think we’re looking forward to that. It’s going to be pretty good, longevity-wise, if he wants to keep playing.”
Steelers DE Cameron Heyward on Big Ben criticism
2021 is projected to Roethlisberger’s last season with, but only time will tell.
2021 season is going to be an interesting one to watch for Steelers fans.