So you’ve doubted Ben Roethlisberger? Don’t worry, we all have at one point or another. Whether it was the 3-interception game against the Buffalo Bills or the two third-quarter interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16, we’ve all wondered what was going on with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise quarterback.
If you’re honest with yourself, though, the moment you curse Big Ben is the same time when he turns around and throws three touchdowns against the Ravens in the fourth quarter, leading the Steelers back to victory, clinching the AFC North and punching their ticket to the postseason.
The 2016 season has been a roller coaster for Ben Roethlisberger. Huge performances are followed up by absolutely head-scratching outings. So, where’s the consistency?
In the latest episode of the Steelers Connection, I dive into the numbers and look at where Roethlisberger has gone wrong, where he has been right and how the team can find some middle ground.
The root cause of these issues stems from an offense that isn’t as reliant on No. 7 as it used to be. There was a time, just last year, when the team essentially went as Ben went, but now the offense seems to revolve around the performance of Le’Veon Bell. Dig deeper into the play-calling and the Steelers could benefit from being a more balanced unit. Easier said than done, but if the Steelers want to win Super Bowl No. 7, they’ll need their own No. 7 to be a lot better than he’s been as of late.
Take a listen to the latest podcast in the player above where I dig deeper into the stats and give my opinion on how the Steelers can get their best Ben yet, just when it matters most.