Do the Steelers Really Need Ben Roethlisberger? A Statistical Comparison

May 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Apologies and therapy aside, the Steelers thought about dumping their franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, last month. Even with Roethlisberger's six game suspension, I was surprised to hear Pittsburgh was shopping their signal caller as the details of his sexual scandal became public. Yet, there was clearly an internal debate in the organization over how valuable he really is to their team. My Browns fan friends and I had the same debate.

The debate was two-fold. One, is he overrated because of his team's outstanding defense? Two, would he look good in a Browns uniform?

As a Cleveland fan, I have always felt Big Ben was the second coming of John Elway; put on this earth to come-from-behind, improvise on broken plays, and shatter my heart for a full decade. The argument for Roethlisberger in a Browns uni is a good one. He’s better than almost any quarterback in the league (right?).

He has more experience and moxie than any quart...

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