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Old 11-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #11
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^yeah but they've been making those kinds of plays in the past and it is the NFL
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:22 PM   #12
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I think the shoulder and the general beating he's taken this season has started to affect him. I said during the 1st half of the Ravens game that he looked tentative and gunshy because of all of the punishment he'd taken, and it still holds true today.
True. Ben has happy feet because of that OLine. I hope that our pathetic OL hasn't shook Bens confidence to bad. That's how you screw up a QB's head. Hope that doesn't have any lasting effects.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:24 PM   #13
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I think Ben's shoulder has been bothering him more than anybody's let on. He's been off for weeks now.
ITA and I think they were just afraid to admit it b/c the schedule is so rough.

Keep in mind that the Skins prepped all week for Ben. When Leftwich came in, it threw all their plans out of sorts.

It didn't hurt that our D was kicking butt again (thankfully!)

I guarantee the Colts will be watching the film of this game with a special focus on Byron.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:27 PM   #14
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True. Ben has happy feet because of that OLine. I hope that our pathetic OL hasn't shook Bens confidence to bad. That's how you screw up a QB's head. Hope that doesn't have any lasting effects.
A horrible OL ruined the careers of Tim Couch and David Carr (especially Carr - being sacked 75 times in one season is enough to kill any QB's confidence). As good and as tough as Ben is, it can happen to him too. So the Steelers need to quit ignoring the line and bring some quality talent in to protect the franchise and keep him productive.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:29 PM   #15
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Ben was healthy the majority of last year despite the pounding he got. This year, he obviously isn't in the best of health. Just like in 2006 when he was playing at 75-80 percent over the course of the season, ironically, the O-Line sucked ass that year too.

His shoulder is posing a problem. Doesn't help when you have an O-Line that sucks and WR's who decide not to catch.

The guy needs a break.
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I am not at all a Lefty fan. (but kudos on the second half). I do think Ben should sit out the next couple weeks and heal up. He's been playing somewhat hurt most of the season. No need to get banged up more since we are a couple wins away from the post season. In other news, watch out for Steelers fans and their favorite pasttime... QB bashing. I'm sure before I was born they were saying bench Bradshaw. LOL!
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So do we give it to him, or keep on starting him even if he is only about 70% because of the money?

I say let him get healthy if Byron can hold us down for a few weeks.
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So do we give it to him, or keep on starting him even if he is only about 70% because of the money?

I say let him get healthy if Byron can hold us down for a few weeks.
Absolutely. I suggested a few weeks ago before the bye that we should maybe think about sitting Ben for the Jax game and give him an extra week of rest as our bye was the following week. Ironically, the Jax game was the last game he looked really sharp in.
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I've only become a huge fan of the Steelers, since Ben came into the league, so I haven't experienced all the past QB bashing, but i know how much the Steeler Nation gets on Ben and it annoys the crap out of me. My mom's told me stories of the Bradshaw bashing and such.
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All I saw tonight was that Leftwich came in and looked methodical and precise. Ben has been playing QB like a guy chasing a bus. The difference couldn't have been more obvious, and tonight one style worked and the other didn't.

Bottom line is, Ben is capable of playing a lot better than this. Have all the sacks put him into panic mode? Is he taking too many bad chances because he's trying too hard to carry the team? Is he just in a slump? I don't know. But maybe he should take a lesson from tonight and work a little bit of calm-the-hell-down back into his game. I don't want to see him try to be a methodical pocket passer all the time, but Jesus Christ, every pass attempt doesn't need to be a three-ring circus either.
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