Pro Football Talk co-host Erik Kuselias asked NBC Sports analyst and former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward how his former team will do on Sunday night without Ben Roethlisberger starting.
“Not very well for the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Ward, per ProFootballTalk.com. “Going out there, they’ve got to have Ben on the field. One thing about him, to be able to extend plays; get outside the pocket, that’s when he’s at his best. When you lose that element of the game and put Byron in there, a guy who is less mobile, now everybody can just pin back their ears and go with the pass rush and the blitz and they change their dynamics of play calling. So other guys have to go out and still make plays for Byron.”
Ward was then asked how far he thinks the Steelers can go without Roethlisberger.
“Not very far, not very far at all. He is their whole team. He is the leader of their team, he makes the offense go and all the guys around him, he makes them better. If Ben’s not on the field its very hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers to go to where they want to go.”