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Steelers Connection: When, and how, should Pittsburgh look to the next heir at QB

Planning for life without Ben Roethlisberger is becoming a serious discussion, but when, and how, should the Steelers look for his eventual replacement?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the lucky NFL franchises who have an undisputed franchise quarterback. Believe it or not, there aren’t many remaining in the game today, and the Steelers have been watching Ben Roethlisberger make plays, and win games, since 2004.

Brings back some awesome memories doesn’t it? Then you realize it is 2016 and the wear and tear on Roethlisberger’s body is starting to stock pile. After his most recent injury, a torn meniscus in Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, fans are wondering just when should the team start planning for the post-Ben era in the Steel City?

This is a tough question, and the main topic of the latest Steelers Connection podcast. The time is quickly approaching, but I’m not so sure the time is now for Pittsburgh to start looking for the heir apparent.

There are three areas the Steelers could search for the answer to their future quarterback problems:

  • The NFL Draft - Not ideal considering the team still feels Roethlisberger has a good 3-4 years left in him after this 2016 season.
  • Free Agency - Looked at the free agency quarterback list recently? Let’s just put it this is less than inspiring.
  • In House - Could Landry Jones or Zach Mettenberger be the guy who is pegged to take over eventually?

I break down all three components, and one main area which shouldn’t be ignored in these discussions in the latest podcast. You can listen to this short podcast in the player above.

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