The Steelers have the talent to make the playoffs and possibly even a Super Bowl, considering the AFC is so weak. Many people want to focus on the Steelers’ rushing game as a key component to their success, but that’s not fully the case.
Yes, the Steelers would benefit from a strong 1,000 yard runner in their backfield, but there’s one player that this team’s success depends on: Ben Roethlisberger. Isn’t it obvious? The 2012 Steelers weren’t perfect, but if they had a healthy Big Ben playing the last quarter of the season, they would’ve made the playoffs. For what ever reason, Ben Roethlisberger is forgotten when elite quarterbacks are discussed. But in fact, Roethlisberger is just as valuable to his team as any other of the elite QBs in the NFL.
We know the Steelers defense is going to be as reliable as ever, but we still don’t know exactly how well the offense will perform. The Steelers young offensive line needs more time to gel. And let’s face it, Todd Haley can’t afford to let the offense have another bad year. There’s question marks at every single position on the offensive side of the ball, besides quarterback.
Ben Roethlisberger has catapulted the Steelers to many big things over his career. He turned a 6-10 team to a 15-1 team in his rookie year. He won a Super Bowl in 2008 behind an absolutely horrid offensive line. Ben also managed to go to another Super Bowl behind another terrible offensive line in 2010.
In 2012, Roethlisberger was injured during a Monday night game against the Chiefs, and from that point on, the Steelers season went down the drain. This season is on the shoulder’s of Ben Roethlisberger.
I like to call Roethlisberger the definition of high risk, high reward. He has the ability to elude pass rushers and extend plays. Sure he likes to do too much, but it’s what makes him special. We all know defensive backs can’t cover receivers for ever. Once the play breaks down, Ben can make plays. And of course, Roethlisberger is good in the pocket as well.
Roethlisberger was playing like an MVP up until his injury last year. This year, Big Ben needs to put up eye-popping numbers. And of course that means he has to stay healthy. This could be a huge turning point in Roethlisberger’s career. And you also have to wonder what will happen if the Steelers completely bomb in 2013.