Ben Roethlisberger Absence a Blessing?

May 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If I told you that your favorite NFL team was going to be without their two-time Super Bowl-winning, Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback for the first four-to-six games of the regular season, you would naturally be a little upset, right? 
However, in the case of the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, it may be a blessing in disguise.
Let's rewind to 2004. Ben Roethlisberger was just a rookie quarterback averaging 20-25 pass attempts per game, while his team's run game, led by Jerome Bettis, was ranked second in the league in rushing yards and first in attempts. Having the highest ranked defense in the league always helps too. The Steelers went 15-1 that year and made a trip to the AFC Championship game.
Fast forward to 2009. Roethlisberger is a seasoned veteran, equipped with a core of receivers that most NFL quarterbacks ask Santa for Christmas, and a pass-happy offensive coordinator in Bruce Arians. Roethlisberger averages 30...

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