Ryan Van Bibber is possibly suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome as he finishes up his feature evaluating each position and ranking each team in the NFL. Possibly blunt force trauma from naysayers, too.
He moves his crosshairs to quarterback now, where he places the Steelers at 6th in the NFL, behind Green Bay, New Orleans, New England, New York Giants and San Diego.
Instead of faulting Roethlisberger (not that 6th overall suggests anything negative), Van Bibber throws a shot at the Steelers' offensive line for Roethlisberger not having the same numbers as the five passers ahead of him on the list.
And of course, the gratuitous shot at WR Mike Wallace.
A trickle of various maladies and an offensive line that allowed him to be sacked more an average of more than 43 times in the last six years has prevented Ben Roethlisberger from putting up the kind of gaudy numbers of his contemporaries. Of course, Mike Wallace is sitting at home as I type this, nowhere near training camp.
Two of the five ahead of Roethlisberger only have one Super Bowl win (Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees), and one, Phillip Rivers, doesn't have any. Just saying.
Wherever you place Roethlisberger in comparison to his peers, it's obvious he's a highly talented and successful quarterback. Perhaps it's more intriguing to project future scenarios.
If Roethlisberger wins his third Super Bowl this season (in his fourth attempt), where does he land on this list?