Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been himself this season. Period. You can argue he’s managed specific games better than he usually does, or how he’s taking what the defense gives him, but when it comes down to it, he simply hasn’t been as good as the Roethlisberger fans are accustomed to seeing.
While some view his drop-off as precipitous, others just note the slow decline of an aging gun-slinger. Either way, it begs the question of where Roethlisberger ranks among his peers.
In other words, is Roethlisberger still a Top-10 quarterback in the NFL? This very question was asked to Adam Schein of NFL Network, and here’s his response:
FACT: Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a top-10 quarterback.
Ben's a Hall of Famer. But right now, he looks done and sounds defeated (SEE: "Maybe I don't have it anymore"). While we've seen drama from Ben before -- only to see him bounce back -- the only way to describe his performance thus far in 2017 is simply awful.
Yes, Mike Tomlin deserves blame for another gruesome defeat -- check out my Schein Nine from a couple weeks back to see the laundry list of Steeler choke games under Tomlin -- and I wish Todd Haley ran the ball earlier in the game. But Roethlisberger is completely out of sorts right now. Maybe all that retirement talk in the offseason was more than just talk.FACT: Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a top-10 quarterback.
I still hold out hope for Roethlisberger to play at a winning level. But he's not a top-10 QB right now -- and given what we've seen, it's not easy to envision him back in that tier. He's not getting any younger -- Ben's an old 35, given all the damage his body has taken through the years. And his play and commentary over the past five weeks have been alarming. Very alarming.
There’s no doubt where Schein stands in this debate, but what about the Steelers faithful? We all know the heart tells us one thing, while the eyes might tell a different story.
Either way, try to be honest, and cast your vote in the poll below. Also, be sure to give your explanation of your vote in the comment section below.
Is Ben Roethlisberger still a Top 10 quarterback in the NFL?
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