Much has been made today in the Titans post mortem by pundits about the TItans apparent failure to bring pressure on Ben led to the loss. I've been wondering if that is the case given the unique attributes (not athletic talent) of Ben. Trying to analyze this game, and by extention the Steelers with the traditional "pressure the QB" paradigm may not apply to this situation and to this QB for the following reasons.
Generally, teams do not continue to blitz for the following reasons a) blitzing is risky putting your DBs in man coverage and the blitzed team capitalizes - the almost universal reason for not continuing to pressure when coupled with b) blitzing continually is more tiring on the D than the O, which happened last night, leaving the O able to capitalize (see a)or c) the QB is not effected by the blitz even when successful (this is rare and might only apply in today's NFL to Roethlisberger).
Rationale c) does not fit the traditional paradigm which is pressure the QB and eventually he will change his play, become more cautious, more averse and less agressive. This is the primary reason for blitzing. Sure it is about sacks and disrupting the play at hand, but, the paradigm is about disrupting the plays when you are not blitzing. It is about changing the play of the QB with the threat of the blitz. This paradigm doesn't apply to Ben.
Both the DC of the Titans and Vandenbosch (sic) their rush end admitted as much. They brought all they had against Ben, then the were played out, but, Ben did not act like the other QBs after getting banged about (including Brady and Peyton) his "game" in the fourth quarter was not negatively affected. Vandenbosch said it best: "Ben is the most fearless QB in the league (he never folded as all the others would have given the pressure on them). The Ravens Suggs had a similar thought when he said that Ben was the best at playing "playground football and will kill you with" (He's the best and only true practitioner, because all of the other QBs become shells of themselves coming under similar pressure). In fact, he has the unique ability to not just not "cave" to the pressure, but, play even more inspired as the game wears on.