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StlersGuy
10-13-2009, 09:16 AM
've said it before and I'll say it again: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the John Elway of this generation.

There are a number of ways to support that supposition, starting with Roethlisberger's two Super Bowls in his first five NFL seasons. All quarterbacks are judged by their won-loss record. Roethlisberger's is a staggering 54-22 in the regular season, including 22-5 against AFC North Division opponents. He has 30 career 100-plus passer rating games, including a 123.9 in the 28-20 victory Sunday in Detroit when he threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns.

Those are hard, fast numbers. Indisputable numbers. But just as clear is Roethlisberger's winning mindset. He is aware of everything on the field at all times. Nothing frightens him, not even 285-pound defensive ends with evil intentions. Nothing throws him off his game, not even the occasional interception that is returned for a touchdown.

"Ben doesn't blink," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

Roethlisberger's reaction after throwing the second-quarter interception that Detroit cornerback William James returned 38 yards for a touchdown to cut the Steelers' lead to 14-13 was the most fascinating part of the game. He walked slowly to the sideline, a wry smile on his face all the way, seemingly in disbelief that James -- or anyone, for that matter -- could make a play to get the better of him. Then, he immediately went to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and asked if he could run the no-huddle offense on the next possession.

"It was like, 'This next series is on me. I want it,' " said backup quarterback Charlie Batch, who was privy to the Roethlisberger-Arians conversation. "Usually, B.A. or coach Tomlin suggests we go no-huddle. Not this time. Ben said, 'I want it right now.' "

Roethlisberger loves the no-huddle offense because he's more in charge of the game, calling the plays himself based on what he sees from the defense. Here's the sequence he came up with on that next possession: a 4-yard run by back Rashard Mendenhall, a 10-yard pass to tight end Heath Miller, a 1-yard run by Mendenhall, an 11-yard pass to Miller, a 9-yard pass to Miller, a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward.

Four passes.

Four completions for 47 yards and a touchdown.

A 21-13 lead for the Steelers.

"You can't answer the call better than that," Batch said.

No one can appreciate what Roethlisberger did on that series quite like another quarterback.

"You know he felt bad about the interception," Batch said. "You throw one like that and you're thinking, 'I owe the team. I just gave up seven points.' Well, he did something about it, didn't he?"

Roethlisberger admitted he was "a little ticked off at myself" after James stepped in front of rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was running a sideline pattern, to make the interception. "I read the coverage right. I threw a ball that was a pretty good ball. Mike ran a good route ??? I put it in the right spot, I just didn't put enough on it."

And Roethlisberger's take on his conversation with Arians?

" 'Give me the ball. Let me go with it.' "

That's Elway-like.

Roethlisberger threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Wallace in the third quarter, not just bumping the Steelers' lead to 28-13 but making Wallace's day. Only two plays before the James' interception, Wallace dropped what should have been a 71-yard touchdown pass.

"I've told any receiver that's come through here after a drop: 'I'm not going to get mad at you. I'm coming right back to you so be ready,' " Roethlisberger said.

Do you think maybe that comes from knowing what it feels like to make a big mistake and wanting to atone for it?

Wallace felt like garbage after the drop but went home happy after his touchdown turned out to be the decisive points in the win.

It was just a part of another good day's work for Roethlisberger.

Not that No. 7 was satisfied.

"I don't feel like I'm playing well," he said. "I'm disappointed in my performance today. Even offensively, I'm disappointed in the way we played."

The Steelers went three-and-out on their final two possessions, giving the Lions a chance to come back.

"The standard is higher for us on offense," Roethlisberger said. "We need to really put the nail in the coffin at the end."

The Steelers will try to do better Sunday when they play the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Browns have scored an offensive touchdown in just two of their past 11 games, going back to last season. Somehow, they beat the Buffalo Bills, 6-3, Sunday despite quarterback Derek Anderson completing 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards.

Do you think the Browns would love to have the Steelers' offensive troubles?

A better question:

Do you think the Browns would love to have Roethlisberger?
Ron Cook can be reached at rcook@post-gazette.com.


Post-Gazette (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09286/1005118-87.stm)

steelersgal86
10-13-2009, 09:33 AM
GOOD ARTICLE....:yellowthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
10-13-2009, 09:38 AM
Sooner or later, probably more towards the end of his career we'll start seeing future QB's showing flashes of Ben Roethlisberger :yesnod:

StlersGuy
10-13-2009, 09:41 AM
Sooner or later, probably more towards the end of his career we'll start seeing future QB's showing flashes of Ben Roethlisberger :yesnod:

when the that time comes I just hope that QB (who ever it is) will be wearing Black and Gold :yesnod:

75Steeler
10-13-2009, 12:29 PM
Ben has always been an outstanding QB. I don't understand why it has taken the national sports media this long to start giving him the respect he deserves.

:6smile:

LatrobePA
10-13-2009, 12:31 PM
Good read, thanks! Go Ben!

Potsie51
10-13-2009, 12:59 PM
Great Article...Thanks! :cope:

greennick
10-13-2009, 03:13 PM
Ben has always been an outstanding QB. I don't understand why it has taken the national sports media this long to start giving him the respect he deserves.

:6smile:


They hold him to his 27% (or whatever it was) passing rating in SB 40 too much. Forgetting that he went 15-1 in his rookie season (winning 15 games he started in a row) and doing just as good the next year. They are just getting over that now. He had a bad game then, but he has had plently of great ones in between. Hell, he is only one behind Manning (the good one) for the most amount of perfect passer rating games ever. He even has more than Brady.

DanRooney
10-13-2009, 06:24 PM
Take out his injury season in 2006, Ben has been the best quarterback in the league bar-none. This guy does not get enough credit because he's been shadowed by our defense and running game for so long. He will be a first-ballot HOFer when it's all said and done and will hopefully add "1 more than Bradshaw."

Phenomenal TJ
10-13-2009, 07:53 PM
I've said this for awhile too.

He plays A LOT like Elway.

As far as some QB's showing flashes of Ben Roethlisberger...Joe Flacco has had some times where he looks like Ben.

Blazedby92
10-13-2009, 08:46 PM
when the that time comes I just hope that QB (who ever it is) will be wearing Black and Gold :yesnod:

Hell yeah!!:yellowthumb:



I've said this for awhile too.

He plays A LOT like Elway.

As far as some QB's showing flashes of Ben Roethlisberger...Joe Flacco has had some times where he looks like Ben.


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Scorp
10-13-2009, 11:34 PM
Hell yeah!!:yellowthumb:





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Double Hell Yeah!!

Excellent read!!:yellowthumb:

HUNT4SEVEN
10-14-2009, 05:38 PM
Ben is a beast:tt02: he has his faults, but honestly i'm glad we got him in 04, i heard the Steelers were digging Rivers back then, but it worked out for the best anyways cause Rivers was gone by the time we picked,But Ben is the better Q.B.IMO , he will win us atleast 2 more SuperBowls an like T.B. he will be the M.V.P of those superbowls:yesnod:

Phenomenal TJ
10-14-2009, 09:05 PM
Hell yeah!!:yellowthumb:





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Not sure which part you're questioning.

I've mentioned before that Roethlisberger reminded me of Elway.

And someone made a comment about someday QB's will show flashes of Roethlisberger, I simply said that Joe Flacco reminds me of Ben.

Scorp
10-15-2009, 12:27 AM
Ok. Elway won two rings and Ben has two. So, who is the better QB? Of course i'm going with Big Steel Ben.

LarryNJ
10-15-2009, 06:43 AM
Ben has always been an outstanding QB. I don't understand why it has taken the national sports media this long to start giving him the respect he deserves.

:6smile:


They hold him to his 27% (or whatever it was) passing rating in SB 40 too much. Forgetting that he went 15-1 in his rookie season (winning 15 games he started in a row) and doing just as good the next year. They are just getting over that now. He had a bad game then, but he has had plently of great ones in between. Hell, he is only one behind Manning (the good one) for the most amount of perfect passer rating games ever. He even has more than Brady.

I agree, his terrible game in SB40 many felt he was lucky to win it. They also said that it was because of our running game and defense. I guess they didn't watch any regular season games or the playoffs that year when Bens passing got the Steelers off to early leads.

Now most of national media guys have Ben 3rd or 4th. It will take a couple more years and another SB or 2 to get to 1 or 2.

Elway was fun to watch and the similarities are certainly there. Ben has a great chance to be considered better than John. It will only take another 10 years of great playing. It's going to be a fun ride. Enjoy it!