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Old 06-14-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

By Gregg Rosenthal
June 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion. Practically every game he plays is on national television. And yet he's still underrated.

Roethlisberger came in at No. 30 on NFL Network's "Top 100: Players of 2012" rankings, which is up 11 spots from 2011. He's the fourth-ranked quarterback on the list, which would make it seem like he's plenty respected.

And yet he was behind running backs Frank Gore, Arian Foster and Ray Rice on this installment of the show alone. We love that trio, but all running backs are replaceable. Roethlisberger was behind Clay Matthews during an off year. He's behind teammates James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. Please.

If you were starting a team from scratch, would you consider taking any of those players before Roethlisberger? Big Ben is still improving. Harrison and Polamalu are declining.

There is a misperception about Roethlisberger's 2011 campaign. He was not the reason that Pittsburgh fell short. In fact, we'd argue he took big-time steps as a decision-maker and quarterback compared to his excellent 2010 season, which ended in a Super Bowl shootout loss.

Now 30 years old, Big Ben is at that sweet spot where his mental approach to the game has improved while his physical skills have yet to wane. Aaron Rodgers is there. Tom Brady and Drew Brees are already past it.

We're not saying Roethlisberger should be ranked ahead of those three players, but he deserves to be in the discussion. He deserves to be a lot higher than No. 30.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...latest-top-100
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

He's always underrated but that list is stupid, Vonte Leach is ABOVE Peyton Manning for crying out loud!
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:53 AM   #3
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

the time the voting takes place is a little odd too
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

This has the same significance as the weekly "power rankings" during the season (none)

It's a way for NFL Network to broadcast what passes for new programing during the offseason
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

UGH, why couldnt he have drove them one more time in SB 45. I'm still not over it. It crawls in my being still. (bleep)!!!!
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UGH, why couldnt he have drove them one more time in SB 45. I'm still not over it. It crawls in my being still. (bleep)!!!!
I know what you mean, brother.

I was CERTAIN that we were going to see a repeat of the regular season game from the prior year against the Packers: last second (literally) TD to Wallace: 32-31.

If only SOMEONE had called a time-out, to regroup. Alas...
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

Oh, and back to the main topic.

IMO: BR is #1.

Admittedly, I am completely biased... because I wanted him to be drafted, and stated that he'd lead the Steelers to 6 SuperBowls, winning 5 of them. I think he's THAT good. Forget stats & numbers...it's about wins...better yet: its about TROPHIES.

This year, with a GOOD O-line (& some great WRs), he will show everyone who the best QB in the league truly is (statistically, winning-wise, and championship-wise). I see a 52 TD season, an MVP, and another Lombardi Trophy (w/ a possible SuperBowl MVP). [I am most sure about the third item on this aforementioned list (another SuperBowl victory).]
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IMO: BR is #1.

if Ben had driven us down the field against the Packers to win his 3rd Super Bowl ring he very well may have been voted #1.
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if Ben had driven us down the field against the Packers to win his 3rd Super Bowl ring he very well may have been voted #1.
I was watching the 2008 America's Game (or maybe it was just the NFL Films re-csi)...anyway, at the end of that game, Tomlin took a time-out, which allowed the offense to regroup.

In 2010, after a bad play (or two & with his team reeling) Tomlin did not call a time-out...and the offense looked unorganized.

I am NOT blaming Tomlin; the players have to make catches, but after two miscommunication plays/two misfires, TAKING a time-out (instead of "saving" them) might have allowed BR & his receivers to exhale, get on the same page, & reorganize. Alas...
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Default Re: Ben Roethlisberger remains underrated on 'Top 100'

A little too much of washing of Ben's balls there, Mr. Rosenthal. Yeah sure, Ben had a lot to do with us getting to SBXLV, but he also majorily contibuted to us losing it too. Let's also not forget his dismal rating in XL as well. Sure he's a great QB, and surely the toughest one ever, but even "box o' rocks" Eli Manning is looking a lot better. Hell, I'm just glad he's as high on the list as he is, because I'd take Eli, Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, or maybe even Newton ahead of Ben these days. I love the guy, but he can certainly use a little deflation from this article.
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