Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers have seen Ben Roethlisberger's career come full circle. From a rookie thrust into the lime light relying on a tremendous defense and stout running game, to a gun-slinging quarterback who lead the league in passing yardage in 2014.
Roethlisberger has re-invented himself in a way few have in NFL history as he has taken his game to a completely different level, and by the looks of the 2015 offense, that transformation is far from over. Roethlisberger's latest unit's capabilities were on full display in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars as it took the starting offense 6 plays and 3 minutes to drive 80-yards for a touchdown. To put an exclamation point on their work before calling it a night, the drive was capped off with a 44-yard Roethlisberger touchdown pass to second-year WR Martavis Bryant.
It was a perfect drive, and just what the doctor ordered for a Steelers offense which will have the success of the team resting on it's shoulders in 2015. However, as perfect as the drive was, Roethlisberger's quarterbacks coach, Randy Fichtner, there are still ways for Roethlisberger to get even better.
"Ben can always get better during the week putting the time in with film work and really getting a feel for what's going to happen to him," Fichtner told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Many might consider this nit-picking on a quarterback who seems to be in total control of his game, and the offense, but any good coach would never agree to a player being in a place where improvement is no longer necessary. Fichtner might not be just 'poking the bear' either. The truly great quarterbacks are able to diagnose and pick apart opposing defenses in pre-snap reads. Simply look at Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers as blueprints for the standards at the modern day quarterback position.
After his best season in 2014, there isn't much debate on whether or not Roethlisberger is considered an 'elite' quarterback, but as his position coach states there is still room for improvement. For a team which will rely on the offense to put up points to protect the team's mediocre defense, Roethlisberger being the best he can be will be vital in such pursuits. If Roethlisberger is able to improve and transform his game, the sky is the limit for this 2015 Steelers offense.