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Old 10-11-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger's More Than a Manager

You'll often hear it said that Ben Roethlisberger is a game manager. It's meant as a quasi-compliment/slap in the face for a quarterback who's not good enough to carry a team. It's a tag Roethlisberger began to develop during his rookie season when he was kept on a tight leash during a 15-1 season and one he earned for good when he played terribly but still was part of the Steelers' Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

Never mind the fact that Roethlisberger was the key to the Steelers improbable run rhrough the AFC playoffs. The conventional wisdom had been set in stone: ask him to throw 20 passes a game and he can help you win. Ask him to throw 35 and he's likely to throw a crushing interception.
On Sunday, Roethlisberger threw only 22 passes. But he wasn't managing the game, he was carrying the Steelers offense on his shoulders. With both of his starting wide receivers sitting on the sideline and the Seahawks largely shutting down the Steelers running game, Roethlisberger connected on every key pass in the second and third quarter to turn a 0-0 game into a 21-0 Steelers romp. Roethlisberger missed on only one pass in the final three quarters and was a perfect seven-of-seven on third-down conversions over the final three quarters despite playing with the team's No. 3, 4 and 5 wide receivers.

Here's the breakdown of those third down passes:

Third-and-seven: Roethlisberger connects on an 8-yard pass to Heath Miller.
Third-and-three: Big Ben hits Miller for a 7-yard touchdown.
Third-and-11: Najeh Davenport gets free for a 40+ yard catch, but a holding penalty brings it back.
Third-and-13: The play after the holding penalty Cedric Wilson gets open for a 15-yard pass.
Third-and-seven: Heath Miller again, as the tight end catches a 13-yard pass.
Third-and-17: Wilson's turn again as he catches a 17-yarder.
Third-and-three: A short dump off pass to Najeh Davenport turns into 17 yards.

That's seven different plays where drives were on the line. It includes three conversions on third and more than 10. On Sunday at least Roethlisberger was more than a game manager.

Matt Hasselback is more than a game manager too, but on Sunday the Seahawks wide receivers could find no openings and Shaun Alexander is breaking no big plays. The combination left Hasselback battered and bruised and sitting on the bench for his own safety in the fourth quarter.

I knew Ben was on but I didn't know he was that on!
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Old 10-12-2007, 04:35 AM   #2
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That had a huge impact on the game getting first downs and touchdowns on them third downs.
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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Roethlisberger is an average QB, that's why he gets the game manager title. He's not Manning or Brady but he definitely gets the job done. You could split hairs and call him slightly above average but that also would be silly.

Roethlisberger probably won't set too many all time passing records but he's serviceable, aka average, aka game manager.

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If you went back and looked at Ben's college years you would see that the only reason he is not putting up big numbers is because the Steelers offense is not structured that way. Don't get me wrong I love the teams offense and would not change it. I don't think he would be Brady but I believe he has the talent to throw the ball a lot more. He may struggle at first but I believe he would flourish in a pass first offense.
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I'm glad Ben's "just an average game manager". Makes it even more fun to rub it in opposing fans' faces when he beats them.

And since Ben's "just a game manager". Teams will likely not gameplan for him and key on the run. Any Steeler fan with a brain can see that Ben can win when the coaching staff opens up the offense any time that isn't in the fourth quarter when the Steelers are down a few scores.
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Roethlisberger probably won't set too many all time passing records but he's serviceable, aka average, aka game manager.
By this definition, Joe Montana was a "game manager" as well. More proof of the "fantasy football syndrome."
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Let's face it, Ben definitely is not a Peyton type QB but he's definitely better than a manager of the game.

Instead of relying on Ben, as the Colts do, Ben is allowed to play his role and he's taking control of the offense on the field. And isn't that what the QB is suppose to do?
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I think bens success this year has a lot to do with tomlins confidence in ben. I think tomlin already has more confidence in ben the cowher ever did
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I think bens success this year has a lot to do with tomlins confidence in ben. I think tomlin already has more confidence in ben the cowher ever did
Most definitely, D. I also think that he has developed a great alliance with Arians and is permitted more input as to brainstorming and play-calling. I believe this is a major factor in seeing a different swagger to Ben thus far this season.
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Most definitely, D. I also think that he has developed a great alliance with Arians and is permitted more input as to brainstorming and play-calling. I believe this is a major factor in seeing a different swagger to Ben thus far this season.
Right. It goes along with the idea that an animal in captivity will only grow as large as its habitat allows it to.

Ben couldn't grow into a true quarterback until he was unleashed, something Cowher wouldn't do. He's only going to get better now that he's in an offense that is going to allow him to manage the game, as well. I don't mean that as a "game manager" (because that has grown to be a term for quarterbacks who can't throw their team over their shoulder when they have to) but as someone who is going to be given an opportunity to have input toward how the offense is going to be run.

It builds confidence in Ben, builds confidence in the offense, and makes the coaching staff confident that everyone is going to be confidently confident.
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