2005 player ratings: Quarterbacks
By Matt Pitzer, USA TODAY Sports Weekly
Try as some teams might to get around it, the NFL is all about the quarterback, the game's most glamorous ? and well-paid ? position. Find a great one and you win. That dictum has resulted in quarterbacks being taken No. 1 overall in seven of the past eight drafts and it being perhaps the most scrutinized position in sports. Here is a look at the best quarterbacks ? the seventh part of our 2005 NFL player ratings series, developed by The Sports Xchange for Sports Weekly.
On the rise
Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger set a rookie record by going 13-0 as the starter last year and faces pressure to do even better and get the Steelers into the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh helped Roethlisberger by averaging 38.6 rushes a game in 2004, more than five more than any other team. Defenses will be set up to stop the run more this season, and Roethlisberger will have to be more of a threat with his arm.