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Old 12-28-2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default Big Ben's injury was senseless

Big Ben's injury was senseless
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Other than letting him pad his stats, there was no need whatsoever for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to take one snap against the Browns today in a game that was essentially meaningless to Pittsburgh.

That thought must have been going through the minds of Steelers fans as Roethlisberger was being carted off the field on his back. Big Ben raised his left arm and flashed a thumbs up, presumably a gesture to let fans know he was OK. He reportedly has a concussion.

Roethlisberger has been nursing a sore right shoulder all season. That alone should have been a reason to keep him out, given the Steelers had clinched the AFC North and a first round bye in the playoffs. Win or lose, nothing was going to change. The Steelers could not improve their seeding like the Falcons. That's why Atlanta coach Mike Smith played QB Matt Ryan.

In a similar situation a year ago, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin opted to rest Roethlisberger because he had a sore ankle. The following week, Roethlisberger completed 29 of 42 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions in a first-round loss to the Jaguars.

I can understand Tomlin didn't want Roethlisberger to go three weeks without playing in a game. That would have been the case if Roethlisberger sat out today -- the plan was to limit him to only the first half -- because the Steelers don't play until the Jan. 10-11 weekend. But it's a lot easier to shake off rust than an injury.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin probably let Eli Manning play the first half against the Vikings for the same reason Tomlin played Roethlisberger.

Is the risk really equal to the reward? For Colts QB Peyton Manning, the reward was extending his NFL record for 4,000-yard passing seasons to nine. As soon has he surpassed the mark, Manning came out. Titans coach Jeff Fisher allowed Kerry Collins to take three snaps, that's all.

Roethlisberger's reward was a head injury.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Big Ben's injury was senseless

I figured we'd hear this before too long.
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I figured we'd hear this before too long.

Of course.

Then again, if Ben didn't play, and then we lost our next game. . . they would blame the coach for NOT playing Ben.
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Default Re: Big Ben's injury was senseless

yeah whatever. then if he would have played crappy in the playoff game, you would have a million saying, "he should have played a half! 3 weeks is too long of a rest!" he could have got hurt on the 1st play. i was fine with him playnig a half since he has the next 2 weeks off to keep in game mode. one of those things. its football. damned if you do, damned if you dont.
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Default Re: Big Ben's injury was senseless

he is fine. big deal. if anything, the line will have an epiphany and pick up their game. Each member of the line should take ben out to dinner each night during the bye week. usually the QB or RB takes out the lineman. Ben needed to play a little in this game. After the Titans game our O needed a little bit of time in a game together.

and WE HAVE BYRON. If this was the 2nd round of playoffs and Byron had to play next week, I am comfortable.


No worries, rest up and get ready for round 2.
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I think Ben should have played. Jeepers creepers. People who say he shouldn't have act like he is made of glass or something. Good lord.
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Going against the grain again here:
I agree that we didn't need to start Ben in this game. This is just one post-season in what we hope will be years of 'em. If we lose we lose, but it makes more sense to get Lefty and Dixon snaps and protect our franchise QB.
I don't understand.

It's alright to let off the gas because there's always next year?
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Of course.

Then again, if Ben didn't play, and then we lost our next game. . . they would blame the coach for NOT playing Ben.
Bingo.
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Other than letting him pad his stats, there was no need whatsoever for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to take one snap against the Browns today in a game that was essentially meaningless to Pittsburgh.
Yeah? I wouldn't want Ben to come in fresh off a three-week layoff. There's a very real chance that you won't have your shit together if you do that. It's not like we were out there running reverses and using him as a lead blocker. It was just an unlucky play, and you can't really blame anyone. For all we know, it might not even matter anyway.
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I don't understand.

It's alright to let off the gas because there's always next year?
I think he meant it was OK to let off the gas just in the Browns game because it couldn't affect the standings. Otherwise, that doesn't make much sense. I mean, you aren't letting your franchise QB do his job as franchise QB if he's sitting on the bench instead of doing things that help you win Super Bowls.
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