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Old 10-28-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Donít take Roethlisberger for granted

October 27th, 2009

Watching the Redskins bumble their way to another loss last Monday night against the Eagles, it was hard not to marvel at how much Ben Roethlisberger has spoiled the Steelers and their fans.

I donít know where Roethlisberger, 27, belongs when you talk about the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. But he has already won two Super Bowls, and he experienced minimal growing pains after an injury thrust him into the starting lineup three weeks into his rookie season.

Jason Campbell, like Roethlisberger, was a first-round pick, but the similarities pretty much end there.

Campbell, the 25th overall pick of the 2005 draft, looks lost and is pretty much finished Ė at least in Washington where the once promising prospect is now a mistake-prone, boos-triggering quarterback.

Campbellís struggles bolster the argument that quarterback is the hardest position to evaluate when teams are determining which college players will be able to make the jump to the NFL.

The NFL is landscape is littered with first-round busts and some of the biggest ones of all are quarterbacks.

The rub for NFL teams is this: They have to get the right player at quarterback if they want to have any chance of contending for the Super Bowl or even making the playoffs on a consistent basis.

That is why Cleveland will probably use its first-round pick in 2010 on a quarterback Ė even though the Browns had hoped they drafted their signal-caller of the future in 2007 when they selected Brady Quinn.

That reality is also why the Raiders may have to seriously consider taking a quarterback with their first-round pick next April even though they selected JaMarcus Russell with the top pick in the 2007 draft.

Russell has been an unmitigated disaster in Oakland, and his horrendous play is yet another example of why a No. 1 overall pick is anything but a sure thing, particularly when it comes to quarterbacks.

As such, it is way too early to tell whether Detroit is on the right track following the selection of quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first pick of the 2009 draft.

How does any of this pertain to the Steelers? It doesnít, which is precisely the point.

That is because barring an injury to Roethlisberger, the Steelers donít have to worry about filling the most important position on the field for many years to come.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:58 AM   #2
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Dang good article and right on point.

I would love to see us draft a QB about 5-6 years from now. Let him sit behind Ben for 2-3 years and develop. Put him on the field in some tough situations and see what happens. If we don't like him, we can dump him and get another QB before Ben is gone. Sure is nice to have a QB that is that dependable! I just hope we don't go another 30 years between franchise QB's.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:19 AM   #3
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Dang good article and right on point.

I would love to see us draft a QB about 5-6 years from now. Let him sit behind Ben for 2-3 years and develop. Put him on the field in some tough situations and see what happens. If we don't like him, we can dump him and get another QB before Ben is gone. Sure is nice to have a QB that is that dependable! I just hope we don't go another 30 years between franchise QB's.
I agree with you Preacher but in 30 years I'll probably be back in diapers and slobbering again so I doubt I'll care.
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:24 AM   #4
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Ben is the man and I am sure glad we ended up with him. It is a blessing that Rivers and Manning were gone when we got to pick Ben he is the best of that draft.
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The Steelers were definitely spot-on when selecting Ben in the 2004 draft and he has proven their selection right many times over.

There isn't another QB in the NFL who I would want leading the Steelers O and that includes A$$ Chin, Peytoon and one of my fave un-Steelers Drew Brees.
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I agree with you Preacher but in 30 years I'll probably be back in diapers and slobbering again so I doubt I'll care.
Now that's a lovely visual to ponder so early in the morning.
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There is a couple guys I wouldnt mind seeing in a Steeler uni but would never wanna see em start in place of Ben. I find it somewhat funny that Cleveland had the oppurtunity and passed him for KW2.
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after suffering through:

Malone
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Brister
Stewart
Tomzcak
Graham
Maddox

believe me, I DO NOT take Ben for granted! I am enjoying every minute of his career.

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after suffering through:

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Tomzcak
Graham
Maddox

believe me, I DO NOT take Ben for granted! I am enjoying every minute of his career.

i dont think i hsve ever seen those names all together
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after suffering through:

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Tomzcak
Graham
Maddox

believe me, I DO NOT take Ben for granted! I am enjoying every minute of his career.


Hey - leave Walt alone!

As for Kordodobird - he had some flashes of good play so I can't really include him in that list, nor Maddox who almost singlehandedly took the team to the playoffs in 2002. As for the others, they reek of sucktitude.
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