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Is Ben Roethlisberger an Elite QB?

Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:46 pm

                      I find it very hard to believe that we are still questioning if Ben Roethlisberger is in the same conversation as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. I really don't have any idea what he has left to prove to anybody. I am going to take you on a journey through that career of Roethlisberger and then you be the judge whether he should be considered an elite QB or not.

In the 2004 NFL Draft there were the QB on the board that were top 10 caliber Quarterbacks. Eli Manning( Ol Miss), Phillip Rivers (NC State) and Ben Roethlisberger (Miami OH). With Manning and Rivers going off the board to the Chargers and Giants, the Steelers were in desperate need of a franchise QB, so they took Roethlisberger with the # 10 overall pick. Out of college he was known as being a big kid with a very strong arm.

The Steeler didn't know what to expect turning over the QB position to a rookie QB so early in his career. The 2004 season will go down as one of the all time greats for a rookie QB. The leading rusher on that team was a retiring future Hall Of Famer in Jerome Bettis and his back up was a undrafted free agent in Fast Willie Parker. Roethlisberger did not disappoint. He finished the regular season with a 15-1 mark and a passer rating of 98.1. He leads us to the AFC Championship game where the Steelers suffer only the second loss of the season. Final record 16-2 playoffs he went 1-1.

The 2005 season was a big year for the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially after playing for a chance to go to the super bowl the previous year. Pittsburgh talked Jerome Bettis into playing one more season knowing the Super Bowl would beplayed in his home town of Detroit Michigan. That Steeler team was a team on a mission, to get Bettis his first title and send him out on top. Roethlisberger held his end of the deal for the second straight year. The regular season ended with a 14-2 mark headed into the playoffs. In the Playoffs Roethlisberger would get his very first Super Bowl win. Pittsburgh wins over the Seattle Seahawks. Final Record 16-2 and 3-0 in the playoffs. So in 2 years Roethlisberger has won 32 games and lost 5 plus Has a Super Bowl Ring. passer rating 98.6..

The 2006 season was a fall back year for the Steelers. They had a lot of turnover with in the team and it showed on the field. Pittsburgh limped to the finish line with an 8-8 record. Roethlisberger has his worst year yet 18 TD'S  and 23 ints with a passer rating of 75. Missed the playoffs for the first time. The 2007 season was a little better, they improved in a lot of areas. Roethlisberger finished that year with 32 TD'S and 11 ints and his best passer rating yet 104. The Steeler lost to the Jaguars in the Wild Card round. In 4 seasons Roethlisberger is 50-20 and a playoff record 4-2 and 1 Super Bowl apperance.

The 2008 season the Steelers were again on a mission. Roethlisberger finished the season 12-4 having to win the last few regular season games just to be the Wild Card entree for the AFC side. Being the number 6 seed in the playoffs gives you very little hope to make a run. The Steelers surprise everyone and make the SuperBowl, with a win over the Arizona Cardnials.He finished with a low passer rating of 80.  Roethlisberger now has a record of 65-24 and 7-2 playoff mark. So in 5 years Roelisberger has led this team to 2 Super Bowl Titles and an AFC Championship game apperance.

The 2009 season was a weird year for the Steelers, no one knew what to expect having just won the Super Bowl. Well this was an up and down year for Steeler fans. Roethlisberger passed for over 4200 yards for the first time ever, 26 TD'S and 12 int with a passer rating of 100.4. But again we miss the payoffs for only the second time under Roethlisberger. 9-7 record... Big Ben now 74-31 while still being 7-2 in the playoffs.

The 2010 season were surounded by tons of questions marks. The team is one of the oldest in the league and Roethlisberger is suspended for the first 4 games due to off field problems. He can not be with the team or practice. With out Ben the Steelers end up with a 3-1 record. Roethlisberger finished this season with an 11-3 record. Guess what, the Steelers again make it through the playoffs and into another Super Bowl. The Packer were lead by a great QB in Aaron Rogers and beat the Steelers 31-25. Roethlisberger finishes with over 3200 yards having missed 4 games. 17 TD'S and 5 Int with a great passer rating of 97.1.

Just so we understand, the twon QB'S  taken before Ben in the draft have a combined 1 super bowl apperence with Manning and the Giants beating the New England Patriots. The so-called elite QB'S Tom Brady has 3 Super Bowls rings and 1 other apperence with a loss to the Giants. Peyton Manning has been in the league twice as long as Ben and has 1 Super Bowl win over Chicago and a loss to the Saints. Drew Brees has 1 super bowl win over the Colts.

I have heard the excuse that Roethlisberger is not elite because the defense carried him. Drew Brees played great last season but his defense was one of the best in the league. Leading in turnovers and points off tunovers. Brady during his Super Bowl runs had one of the most dominated defenses in the NFL. Mannings is maybe the best regular season qb to ever play the game but with one of the worst post season marks ever.

Roethlisberger has an overall record in 7 seasons............85-35 that 50 games over .500
          2 Super Bowl Titles.... 1 Super Bowl Loss and 1 AFC Championship loss
             Playoff mark of 10-3 is one of the best records in the history of the NFL. only
                missing the playoffs 2 out of seven years

If Ben Roethlisberger is not considered as one of the elite QB'S in the league then we need to quit keeping records. At 27 years old he is just now getting to the prime of his career, and can only get better. To be a Super Bowl winner you have got to have help. It may be a load of great WR'S or great RB or even a dominate defense. Those arguments should be thrown out the window.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:03 pm

Is Ben Roethlisberger an Elite QB?

I will make this short amd sweet. Big Ben is defintely ranked high with the NFLs best QBs!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:14 am

Is Ben Roethlisberger an Elite QB?


This is a really well written, informative post.  A lot of Steeler people here on CBS are aware of the elite status of BR, and are behind you 100% in regards to his status.  Most all of the NFL disagrees ! ... but that's to be expected, between homerism and "how can I make the numbers shade in my favor" !   It really doesn't matter, as it is what it is, and you have just laid it out as succinctly as anyone to remind us and the rest that Ben is not just another NFL QB, he's absolutely elite and his (your) numbers confirm it.  Homerism aside, how could anyone look at what he has produced in 7 years and not consider him one of the best.  Brady, Manning, Warner, Rivers ... etc ... are all great QB's (as is Rogers... who's on the horizon imo ), but compare numbers and see who's overall performance in seasonal and post season games ... I'll take Ben and win.

Again, really fun read, thanks.  It was a great way to start Tuesday after Labor day !!!


Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:29 pm

Is Ben Roethlisberger an Elite QB?

He does not have the greatest numbers in the world but he knows how to win, especially in the 4th quarter.  I will take roethlisberger all day every day to be my quarterback in that final 2 minute drive in the super bowl.  He can't win em all, but he did show something this year by being suspended 4 games and still rallying with his team to make it to the super bowl.  He is an elite quarter back hands down.  I know people will still question it, and a super bowl victory this year would shut em up for good.  Do not count him out, he will be in another super bowl very soon.

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