When Will Ben Roethlisberger Get His Respect?
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People are still waiting for that metaphorical complete game from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Naturally, when people are waiting for a complete game by one team, they tend to lump the quarterback in with that assumption.
I believe we’ve seen that complete game from Ben Roethlisberger against the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers did get off to their somewhat routine poor start offensively, but it leads to the routine hypothesis that the offense goes when Ben Roethlisberger takes control of playcalling.
I think the most notable instance of Roethlisberger’s feel for playcalling was after Dallas went up 13-0. He led the team on a nine-play 75-yard touchdown drive that went away from the classic “run-run-pass” format that featured nine passing plays.
Whatever script the Steelers wanted to begin, the game failed, and they were much successful in a more freelance style. They had to go away from the running game, which has been inconsistent all season and a disappointment against the league's worst run defense.
Roethlisberger responded, posting his 3rd performance with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions on the season, to go along with his highest passing yardage total so far.
Pro Football Focus listed Roethlisberger as the 16th best quarterback in the league. He’s currently on pace for 36 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Last Year’s League MVP, Lamar Jackson, had 36 passing touchdowns and 6 interceptions last year.
The Steelers are 8-0 for a multitude of reasons, but one big reason is consistent quarterback play
Roethlisberger has 18 passing touchdowns and led the team to an 8-0 season so far through eight games. Last year, the combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges recorded 18 passing touchdowns and 8 wins.
All this team and most teams need to get by is consistent quarterback play. If you need a non-Steelers example, look at New England from this year to last year. It changes the course of seasons and the fortunes of teams.
To add to the praise, the victory gave Roethlisberger his 34th career 4th quarter comeback surpassing Dan Marino and tying him with Johnny Unitas.
He’s now 5th in game-winning drives with 45. Trailing only Marino, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning.
He’s not beating teams by throwing 6 Touchdowns or one receiver going off on another team or consistently throwing 50-yard bombs. He’s picking apart defenses, much like Brady and Brees are doing to other teams, allowing his receivers to make runs after the catch or cashing in at the red zone.
What will it take for this man to get his respect? He’s clearly proving that he’s still a quarterback that can produce at a high level.