The Pittsburgh Steelers fan base is constantly shaking their heads at the NFL officiating, wondering why Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t draw more roughing the passer penalties.
Fans have heard excuses like:
“He is so big and strong, it is tough to make those calls.”
“He loves to extend the play, so we never know when to blow the whistle.”
“He throws players off him, so it is tough to make those calls a lot.”
I could go on and on, but you get the theme here. Nonetheless, Steelers fans have seen Haloti Ngata break Roethlisberger’s nose with no call, Ndomukong Suh leg whip Roethlisberger with no call, and countless other infractions which just had the officials shrugging their shoulders.
In the team’s Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Roethlisberger DID get a roughing the passer call when a pass rusher hit the Steelers’ quarterback in the facemask on a pass rush attempt.
Obvious call, and it was flagged.
However, in the first quarter, on the Steelers’ opening drive, Roethlisberger delivered a nice shovel pass to Le’Veon Bell for a big gain, but what happened to Roethlisberger after the flip is certainly worth taking a look at.
Check out the play below:
Thankfully, Roethlisberger saw the player coming and looked to be able to get his feet off the ground to prevent his lower leg getting rolled into. However, with the play just happening you have to wonder why this play wasn’t flagged.
I’m not one to blame officiating for a loss, or anything else, but these type of hits are the ones which can not only end a player’s season, but also their career. For the Steelers to win the Super Bowl this year, they will need Roethlisberger under center, and a hit as ugly as that one certainly caught my eye during the game.
Fans say it all the time, but if that were Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning when he was playing, would that have been a non-call?
We will never know, but the fact is a player deliberately delivered a low hit on the quarterback, which has been illegal since Brady tore his ACL with a low hit, and it wasn’t flagged. Fans would love to hear an explanation, but I seriously doubt that will happen.
In the meantime, Roethlisberger, and other quarterbacks like Cam Newton, will just have to deal with the overlooked calls, because they are “bigger quarterbacks who extend plays”.