Originally Posted by TRH
Our offensive line fails, can't protect the QB or open holes, our running game fails, we lose field position battles (almost always it seems) because our ST's are horrendous on both sides of the ball, our WR's have been dropping balls left and right and making dumb "mind" mistakes, fumbles by everyone, etc.
Yet, what do many of the boneheads around here do? Blame it on Ben Roethlisberger, of course!! Its all his fault.
Utterly ridiculous & insane.
Please stop with the ridiculous hyperbole and deliberately missing the point. Nobody is saying it's all Ben's fault. But he deserves to take a little more responsibility for the sputtering offense, especially when he's the centerpiece of it. Yeah, he'll gladly blame himself for the offense's failures, but taking responsibility takes another level he seems unwilling to do. Taking responsibility is recognizing what's wrong and doing whatever it takes to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Look at the cream of the crop QB's. Manning, Brees, and Brady, call them whatever you like, punks or whatever, but their offenses are consistently better than whatever Ben has. They demand the best from their offenses. If somebody screws up, they're on them in a second. They're not perfect all the time, but you can trust them to give their best week in and week out. Ben is not on that level.
To beat those guys, you need to be on or near the top of your game. To beat Ben Roethlisberger, you just need to be decent, as evidenced by all of the subpar QB's who've beaten Ben over the years. Tom Brady doesn't lose to Tim Tebow in the Playoffs, he shows the world what he always was. A Chump.
When Ben played smart early on in the year under Haley's direction, magically sacks were down, the O-Line was playing much better and the offense was more efficient. When he came back from the injury, he developed happy feet, his smart play disappeared and fell back into sandlot play that ultimately cost the Steelers.