Originally Posted by lloydwoodson
The Steelers tried to mimic the Colts and Patriots with those WR screens and a downfield passing game under Arians. Except that Arians and Ben forgot that running those kinds of offenses takes a lot of work that Ben (unsurprisingly) was just not willing to put in. Running those offenses requires a lot of responsibility, and as we all know, responsibility isn't one of Ben's strong suits. There were some mutterings out of the Steelers locker room since his rookie years that Ben has a lazy streak about him (first guy out of the locker room), and it's showing through.
Like yeah, Ben wants to throw the ball like the big boys do, but didn't wanna do the little nuances that require it to be truly successful. Like accuracy, timing, rhythm, and more importantly, getting the ball out quickly. Ben was just relying on raw ability and doing nothing else. The results: A constantly mediocre offense that flashed on occasion and did very little else, as the Defense was stuck having to do the dirty work. The Steelers don't sniff Super Bowls XLIII and XLV without the Defense. The first season the offense being absolutely terrible and the latter being mediocre.
Ben is what he is. It is the fans throwing everyone else under the bus to cover for his poor effort and egomania that bothers me.
Ben is not elite. Period. Brady and Manning have not missed the playoffs since 2002 and 2001 respectively (apart from being injured). This means that the last time Manning missed the playoffs Roethlisberger was in his sophomore year at college.
The Colts defense was TERRIBLE. The Patriots defense is TERRIBLE.
Meanwhile Roethlisberger has missed 3 playoffs in spite of having a top 5 defense every year he has been in the league with the exception of 2006 when it was 9th. Manning had a top 10 defense 3x in 13 seasons.