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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports yesterday revealed his make-or-break players (and coaches) for every team in 2021, and to no surprise, he listed Ben Roethlisberger for the Steelers. La Canfora has been adamant this offseason that Roethlisberger is "washed up."
"Father Time is undefeated and he has been whipping up on this future Hall of Famer for a few years now. Would be quite the comeback if the QB can hold him off," La Canfora wrote.
La Canfora has really never been fond of Roethlisberger, but he has been even harsher on him the last few years and especially this offseason.
In May, La Canfora released his quarterback rankings by tiers this morning and he has Ben Roethlisberger ranked as a tier 6 quarterback and under the "Good Luck" category with quarterbacks Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold and Andy Dalton. That tells you all you need to know about how La Canfora feels about Roethlisberger.
"I could see the Steelers experimenting with a new QB by midseason," La Canfora wrote. "When you take that kind of paycut to stick around to try to go out on something other than the terms of that ugly playoff loss to the Browns, chances are things won't get much better. Offensive line looks shaky at best. Lack of mobility a big problem. I just don't see this going well and things have been trending down since 2019."
La Canfora is in the same category as Adam Schein and Mike Tannebaum, as they're all very pessimistic about the 39-year-old Roethlisberger.
If Roethlisberger has heard any of the three analysts' opinions about him this offseason, I'm sure he's using it as a little extra motivation.
"I think anybody that is told they can’t do something, they are going to be motivated to go prove people wrong," Roethlisberger said a few weeks ago during OTAs via Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports. "The other thing is I have been doing this for long enough that you let it motivate you but you don’t let it drive you or push you into just being so crazy that I have to prove that person wrong. Because at the end of the day you are just trying to win a football game and a championship. I’m going out to play for my teammates who are in this locker room and on this field, playing for the fans. That’s what it’s about."