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Hawaii 5-0
05-09-2012, 03:06 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers: Reasons Ben Roethlisberger Could Have MVP Year

By Robert Theodorson (Correspondent) on May 8, 2012


The Steelers have plenty of reasons to be excited about next season after a disappointing end to the 2011 season.

The Steelers made a number of progressive moves including the release of overpaid and underused veterans James Farrior, Hines and Aaron Smith.

In the first two rounds of the draft, the Steelers selected Andrew Luck's personal bodyguard offensive guard David DeCastro from Stanford, and the talented Mike Adams, who was willing to do anything to be with the Steelers.

Mike Wallace is back with the team after being "forced" to sign his tender. It's not surprising nobody wanted to pay Wallace $100 million or anger Steelers' management by giving Wallace an offer sheet.

Then there's Pro Bowler Ben Roethlisberger.

Ben hasn't had a healthy or full season in quite awhile and as a result, has missed out on important opportunities to try to claim the title of the NFL's Most Valuable Player award.

The following is a look at how Big Ben might just be able to finally make a claim for the prestigious award.

The New and Improved Offensive Line


For the first time since the Bill Cowher era came to an end, Ben Roethlisberger will finally have a legitimate and professional offensive line.

Gone are the days of mixing and matching guards, centers and tackles, throwing them into random positions in the offensive line and hoping for the best.

Instead of letting the cards fall where they may for another year, the Steelers finally addressed the team's most glaring need: protection for Big Ben.

David DeCastro and Mike Adams, the Steelers' first and second-round picks respectively, will look to start from day one. The duo will join the Steelers' lone bright spot Maurkice Pouncey to create an air tight unit whose main purpose is to prolong the future of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh will look for second-year pro and reigning Steelers' Rookie of the Year; Marcus Gilbert to continue his development and become a force to be reckoned with for a very long time.

Thirty-year-old Max Starks is reportedly in great shape and looking to sign again with the Steelers. Starks was a savior of sorts for the Steelers last year when the offensive line inevitably crumbled.

Receivers Coming into Their Own


Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown form the most exciting trio of receivers in the NFL.

Each are a year older with another season of experience under their belts, and all are young enough to ensure they haven't missed a step in the offseason.

Wallace will once again be playing for big money. The young speedster said he wanted a Larry Fitzgerald type of contract; while this might sound downright insane to most people, if Wallace is willing to put forth the work and effort to turn himself into Fitzy, so much better for the Steelers.

Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are turning into studs, and with Ben in his prime, there's no reason one of these guys (if not both) can't put a up 1,000 yard season in 2012.

Heath Miller is Heath Miller; he's one of the best tight ends in the game. Not only is Heath a superb receiver, but he's been a huge part of helping out that horrific O-Line by throwing some huge blocks.

The Reliance on Ben's Arm


With Rashard Mendenhall out for possibly the entirety of the 2012 season, Ben will be asked to be a little more special than he usually is.

New offensive coordinator Todd Haley has made it quite clear that he intends to turn the Steelers back into a running team, as they have been for most of their history.

However, when Haley sees just how amazing Ben is, and how well he works with his trio of wideouts, we might see a few more passing plays for the QB.

The rotation at running back is a bit concerning for Haley as well. The absolute best situation the new coordinator can walk into is a plug-and-play system that uses multiple backs averaging over three yards a carry. If this is the case, so be it, but it's likely the Steelers might experience a few struggles with the running game, especially in the early part of the season.

Once again it will be the Ben Roethlisberger show.


05-09-2012, 05:38 AM
We only go as far as BR7 can take us....Go Steelers!

05-09-2012, 05:56 AM
Did Wallace sign his tender? I must have missed that.... ?

05-09-2012, 06:41 AM
I'm really looking forward to this year :tt02:

05-09-2012, 08:45 AM
Heath Miller is Heath Miller; he's one of the best tight ends in the game. Not only is Heath a superb receiver, but he's been a huge part of helping out that horrific O-Line by throwing some huge blocks.

Let's go with best case scenario... DeCastro, Pouncey, Adams anchoring the line... theoretically, Heath wouldn't need to be in for protection as much any more. Could Heath have a blow up year that finally gets him the recognition he deserves?

05-09-2012, 08:58 AM
Let's go with best case scenario... DeCastro, Pouncey, Adams anchoring the line... theoretically, Heath wouldn't need to be in for protection as much any more. Could Heath have a blow up year that finally gets him the recognition he deserves?


Which is the answer to all the "could" questions.

That is a poor article. I note the BS about other teams not wanting to anger Steelers' management as the prime example. Would Rooney take out their knees?

05-09-2012, 10:56 AM
maybe getting Tebow'd was a blessing in disguise. if we were picking a few spots lower, maybe we don't end up with all those guys in the draft?

05-09-2012, 11:04 AM
Looking forward to a great season.

05-09-2012, 01:07 PM
maybe getting Tebow'd was a blessing in disguise. if we were picking a few spots lower, maybe we don't end up with all those guys in the draft?

I said that right after the game

05-09-2012, 02:30 PM
maybe getting Tebow'd was a blessing in disguise. if we were picking a few spots lower, maybe we don't end up with all those guys in the draft?

Never.........It's still an embarrassing loss.

Steel Peon
05-09-2012, 07:36 PM
Did Wallace sign his tender? I must have missed that.... ?
Me too.......wtf?

05-09-2012, 09:25 PM
Not really the greatest article. First, our running game is going to be the best we've seen in years even if Redman is the starter. I mean, he's looked better than Mendy for a while, but on top of that, we're going to have an actual offensive line in front of him. I just think the author is wrong about us struggling in the running game. Secondly, since when has Wallace signed his tender? And, why does this author seem to think that IF Wallace plays a season in which he proves he deserves Fitz money, the Steelers would actually offer him that type of contract? One, we simply don't offer huge contracts like that to WRs, and two, we won't have the money to spend anyway.

Hawaii 5-0
05-14-2012, 01:15 AM
Prime Nine: Best Year For Ben Roethlisberger In 2012?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 by Jeremy Hritz

With the egress of Bruce Arians and the addition of Todd Haley, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be lining up opening night against the Denver Broncos with a new offense that apparently is so complex that Ben Roethlisberger labeled it the Rosetta Stone. While nobody has ever accused Ben of being a rocket scientist, the seasoned veteran should not have any issues in assimilating the new playbook and its offensive philosophies. If anything, Roethlisberger is entering his prime as an NFL quarterback, and if history is a predictor of the future, it is that elite quarterbacks in their ninth season have a penchant for winning.

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski has said that the prime age for quarterbacks is “around 29 or 30,” and that “it’s that perfect storm where your physical talent meets your mental talent and it all comes together.” NFL players normally reach their ninth season when they turn 30, as is the case with Roethlisberger who turned 30 this past March and is entering his ninth season.

When examining the statistics of quarterbacks from their ninth season who either are already in the Hall of Fame or are first ballot Hall of Famers, there is a pattern of success. In this article, the following ten quarterbacks were analyzed: Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Drew Brees, John Elway, Brett Favre, Jim Kelly, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon (Tom Brady was omitted because he missed his ninth season due to injury) The table below lays out the most important statistical categories for these quarterbacks.

Current/Future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks in Ninth Season

Quarterback Cmp Att. % Yards TDs INTs Sck Rate Year W L Season Outcome
Brett Favre 341 595 57.3 4,091 22 23 35 74.7 1999 8 8 Missed Playoffs
Dan Marino 318 549 57.9 3,970 25 13 27 85.8 1991 8 8 Missed Playoffs
Drew Brees 363 514 70.6 4,388 34 11 20 109.6 2009 13 3 **Won Super Bowl
Jim Kelly 285 448 63.6 3,114 22 17 34 84.6 1994 7 7 Missed Playoffs
Joe Montana 266 398 66.8 3,054 31 13 22 102.1 1987 13 2 *Lost NFC Div.
John Elway 242 451 53.7 3,253 13 12 45 75.4 1991 12 4 *Lost AFC Champ
Peyton Manning 362 557 65 4,397 31 9 14 101 2006 12 4 **Won Super Bowl
Terry Bradshaw 207 368 56.3 2,915 28 20 21 84.7 1978 14 2 **Won Super Bowl
Troy Aikman 292 518 56.4 3,283 19 12 33 78 1997 6 10 Missed Playoffs
Warren Moon 224 346 64.7 2,521 18 12 16 89.3 1992 10 6 *Lost AFC Wildcard
AVERAGES 290 474 61.23 3,499 24.3 14.2 26.7 88.52 N/A 10.3 5.4
Roethlisberger AVG 261 414 63 3322 20 12 39 92 N/A N/A N/A

The most salient point revealed through this information is the success experienced by these quarterbacks in regards to their winning games. Of the ten listed, six made the playoffs and three won Super Bowls (Brees, Manning, and Bradshaw). Overall, these quarterbacks averaged ten wins and five losses. Considering how difficult it is to win a Super Bowl, it is significant that three Hall of Famers (current, future) won a championship in their ninth season.

In comparison to the passing numbers that are achieved in today’s game, the season nine averages are not exactly impressive. Of the ten quarterbacks on the list, only three of them posted quarterback ratings of 100 or higher, and only five threw for 25 or more touchdowns. For comparative purposes, in 2011, four quarterbacks posted a rating of 100 or higher, while nine quarterbacks threw for 25 or more touchdowns. This could possibly lend credence to the reliability of the quarterback rating (On average, from 2000 to 2011, an average of 2 quarterbacks achieved a quarterback rating of 100 or higher). How does Roethlisberger stack up when comparing his career averages to ninth year averages of the analyzed Hall of Famers? He is below the average in completions, attempts, yardage, touchdowns, and interceptions, while in the categories of completion percentage, sacks, and quarterback rating, he is above the average.

Statistically, the ninth seasons of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks do not appear as earth shattering in comparison of today’s QBs. However, the context of the time period in which they played must be considered for an accurate picture. The most telling aspect of this data is consistency of winning and winning the big game in season nine.

There are many reasons to feel optimistic about Roethlisberger heading into his ninth season at the ripe age of the 30. Firstly, he has yet to put up a statistically explosive year similar to that of a Brady, who threw for 50 touchdowns at 30 years of age, Manning, or Brees. Roethlisberger’s best numerical season occurred in Coach Mike Tomlin’s first season, 2007, when he threw for 32 touchdowns and a 104 quarterback rating (2007 was also Arians first year as offensive coordinator). Passing yards and quarterback rating are not everything, but they are indicators of quality play and they are correlated with scoring points. With weapons plentiful, and with an offensive guru in Haley, Roethlisberger could put up big numbers this season.

It also cannot be overlooked that Roethlisberger will be taking snaps behind what could be the best offensive line he has had since his first two seasons. Keeping him upright and on his feet will go a long way in making the offense adept at accumulating yardage, and consequently, points. Additionally, a better offensive line will produce a better running game which will take pressure off of Roethlisberger to carry the offense.

Roethlisberger experienced tremendous success as a young player in the league, yet he still has room for improvement. His value to the Steelers is unquantifiable, and with him in the lineup, the chances for victory are great. With eight seasons notched on his belt, his veteran awareness make 2012 a season in which he can elevate his play and the play of the team to new heights. Hopefully Roethlisberger, like his predecessor Bradshaw in his ninth season, can bring another championship to Pittsburgh.


Galax Steeler
05-14-2012, 04:02 AM
I look for him to have a great year and it will all start up front on the line. With time Ben could pick the defense apart with the weapons he has.

05-14-2012, 05:46 PM
Did Wallace sign his tender? I must have missed that.... ?

If he did, I didn't catch it on PPG. I'm pretty sure it would have been wrote about.

05-14-2012, 06:29 PM
Did Wallace sign his tender? I must have missed that.... ?

Hell, i didnt know Starks was resigning again. :noidea:

05-14-2012, 07:54 PM
Hopefully with the addition of DeCastro on the interior we can have the kind of running we had in Ben's first and second seasons. Roethlisberger works best when he has a solid running game. Run some plays with Redman which will open up the play action for Ben with Wallace and Brown going deep

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 02:14 AM
The Steelers, The New Offense, And Reasons To Be Optimistic

May 16th, 2012 by DomSteelers

It is no big secret, Ben Roethlisberger would much rather be gearing up for another year of running Bruce Arians’ Offense than having to learn the one new Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley is currently trying to install. After “The Bubble Screen Wizard” left (thankfully), Ben voiced his displeasure, and still appears a bit salty about the move to replace Arians. Last week, Big Ben complained that the new Offense’s difficulty to grasp had him and his teammates a bit perplexed, and Roethlisberger even joked that the “Rosetta Stone” was needed to decipher the intricacies of it. Granted, I am sure there will be kinks to work out in terms of formations, play names will almost assuredly change, and game-plans will be altered accordingly to the personnel. But you know what helps out and makes a difficult transition like the aforementioned one a bit smoother, Big Ben & Co.?: Talented Players.

Improving Offensive Line

The biggest and most important upgrades the Steelers have made on the Offensive side of the ball have been along their Offensive Line Front over the last few seasons. The Front Office and Coaching Staff made a firm dedication to Big Ben’s health this past off-season especially when they acquired two of the most talented Offensive Linemen in The Draft (David DecCastro and Mike Adams) to protect Big Ben well into his 30’s, and shore up an injury-plagued and inconsistent unit.

Maurkice Pouncey is already an All-Pro player, and Marcus Gilbert had a fine Rookie campaign and gained some valuable experience and displayed his versatility as a Left and Right Tackle in 2011. If veteran Willie Colon ends up staying healthy and/or kicks in to Guard, in two years, a healthy group of Mike Adams, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Marcus Gilbert will be keeping Roethlisberger upright and winning at the point of attack for years to come.

Pass-Catchers Are Fantastic


As for weapons to throw to, Ben your pass-catchers are highly talented and bring a whole mess of skill-sets to the table. In terms of a deep-threat, there are few which can match speedster like Mike Wallace (2010: 72 Catches, 1,193 Yards, 8 TD’s) in terms of raw speed and his developing talent. Wallace will be as hungry as ever this season because he is in a crucial contract year, and will be looking to cash-in once the season ends. Antonio Brown (2010: 69 Catches, 1,108 Yards, 2 TD’s) is jack-of-all-trades athlete and is well on his way to developing into one of the League’s most dangerous all-around pass catching threats.

Sure, Hines Ward is gone, but the Steelers still have some underrated and savvy slot options which understand route-running and have dependable and reliable hands like Emmanuel Sanders (2010: 22 Catches, 288 Yards, 2 TD’s) and Jerricho Cotchery (2010: 16 Catches, 237 Yards, 2 TD’s) In the event one or both can stay fully healthy this season, acres of room will be open for them to eat Linebackers and Safeties alive when Pittsburgh employs 3 and 4 Wide Receiver sets, and help convert important 3rd Downs to keep drives alive.

Oh yeah, I totally forgot, the Steelers also have a Pro Bowl Tight End named Heath Miller (2010: 51 Catches, 631 Yards, 2 TD’s) on the roster that will likely be a bigger feature in the Offensive game-plans as well. Hopefully Todd Haley recognizes the value of a big, reliable, smart, and talented target in the Red Zone and Miller will get many more chances to catch passes there unlike when Arians was in charge. If that is the case, Pittsburgh will improve their Red Zone numbers, and Heath will emerge as a weapon teams must account for down near the goal line.

Running Back by Committee is Diverse Group of Talent


While the Steelers will likely go with a Running Back by Committee this season, Isaac Redman (2010: 110 Carries, 479 Yards, 3 TD’s) will get the first crack to earn the “RB#1″ role this season after two solid years as Pittsburgh’s change of pace, “pound the rock” guy. Over his career, Redman has displayed an ability to pick up tough yards and even do some nice things in the passing game. The hope of many, including myself, is that Redman can build off of his successful Playoff outing in Denver last season, and prove to everybody that he can be the “RB#1″ in Pittsburgh for years to come.

Fighting for carries behind Redman will be the bruising Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay, both of whom will likely be battling against each other for one of the final backup spots on the roster. Baron Batch will also be trying to earn a roster spot this season as the the Steelers’ 3rd Down Back as he works his way back from the devastating knee injury he suffered during Training Camp last season.

It will be a tough task for Batch though, because Rookie Chris Rainey will get his shot to become Pittsburgh’s 3rd Down Back, and Special Teams Return extraordinaire. The Steelers will likely be utilizing the diminutive Rainey in a role similar to Dexter McCluster of the Chiefs, the team Todd Haley just came over from. And getting the ball to Rainey in space a few times per game will be a high priority for the Steelers if they are in search of some splash plays. If Rainey makes a guy miss, big plays will almost assuredly follow.

The X-Factor in all of this Running Back situation will be Rashard Mendenhall (2010: 228 Carries, 928 Yards, 9 TD’s), who could contribute as early as mid-season. If Mendenhall proves he is healthy, and that his knee can hold up, the Steelers might consider giving the former Pro Bowler some work once he returns. Because 2012 will be his contract year, Mendenhall will be hungry to produce as much as possible, and the Steelers could be big beneficiaries if he is fit to play this season.

Final Thoughts

Change is never easy to deal with, and I can understand where Ben and some of the other members of the Offense are coming from in regards to their displeasure. However, this team is loaded with Offensive weapons and is only getting better. Not only is Pittsburgh loaded with Offensive weapons with plenty of experience at the skill positions, they have a 2-time Super Bowl winning Quarterback leading them as he enters the prime of his illustrious career! With the Offensive Line being solidified with a nice mix of experienced youth and talented youth, this Offense could be a “sleeping giant” this season, and a real force for seasons to come.

I would guess that many outside of Steeler Nation do not have high expectations for this Offense because of the new Coordinator and a perceived lack of production. Sure, the Steelers went outside of their norm by hiring Haley outside of the organization, but the Front Office and Tomlin must feel that the guy is the perfect one to mesh all of this talent together and get them to play at their highest level. So let’s not look at Haley’s hiring as a negative. In fact, let’s be happy that a change was made, because Haley proved what he could do with great weapons in Arizona when he helped take that Offense to the Super Bowl in 2008. Yeah, there might be some growing pains along the way, and a steep learning curve to master for some. Yet the talent is there to succeed, and with some hard work, and a small amount of patience, there is plenty to be optimistic about for seasons to come.


05-19-2012, 10:40 AM
Ben winning the mvp would be the cherry on top of a already great resume!

05-19-2012, 10:56 AM
I think Ben could have his best year to date, but they will not give a Steeler NFL MVP.

05-21-2012, 03:01 AM
I think Ben could have his best year to date, but they will not give a Steeler NFL MVP.

Which Steeler got snubbed for an NFL MVP award? I must have missed that.

Millers the sh!t
05-22-2012, 03:26 AM
maybe getting Tebow'd was a blessing in disguise. if we were picking a few spots lower, maybe we don't end up with all those guys in the draft?

It sucked to see and hear people talking about tebow taking us out. But in reality I really wasn't upset with the loss. I'm glad we lossed. Chump teams like the browns get top five picks every year and still amount to nothing. Steelers get a top 20 pick and it equals a new pro bowler playing on the most consistent team in the NFL. With all the injuries on defense and the most horrible o line ever constructed, demolished and reconstructed over and over again, we needed the tebow loss. I never imagined that picking 24 would amount to the incredible draft that it did, but it was definitely a huge break and blessing in disguise. After tebow took us out I told myself that tebow was right and god was a tebow fan. Maybe me and tebow were wrong. God is a steelers fan..... Still made the playoffs, didn't have to get beat with a skeleton crew of a team against the patriots (Satan is a pats fan) and we ended up with a super productive draft (on paper) and guess what? Game one of this season We have a shot to redeem ourselves against the very team that took is out.

Steelers Texans afc championship this year...

Millers the sh!t
05-22-2012, 03:27 AM
Which Steeler got snubbed for an NFL MVP award? I must have missed that.

It must have been Ike Taylor. A lot of fans around here seem to think he is elite....