Big Ben and The Great Debate: Is It the System or the Quarterback

February 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's an argument as old as the game itself.
It's one of the greatest debates in sports right alongside the designated hitter in baseball, the shootout in hockey, or which football defense is better, the 4-3 or 3-4.
This debate revolves around the quarterback and the age old question of whether it's the system or the quarterback that wins games.
People have argued that Ben Roethlisberger, who is appearing in his third Super Bowl in seven seasons, isn't so much a great quarterback, but rather the product of a great team. He's Trent Dilfer to the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, people argue. They aren't winning Super Bowls because of him, but in spite of him. They might even point to the tremendous start the Steelers got off to this season without Big Ben, who was serving a suspension for off the field shenanigans.
Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch filled in for Roethlisberger and got the Steelers off to a 3-1 start before Big Ben made his return in Week 6.

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