How does Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger maintain its personal in opposition to AFC North QBs within the newest rankings?
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers captain Ben Roethlisberger isn’t getting the praise he once received from the national media, but Big Ben isn’t done with a difficult quarterbacks split.
Roethlisberger threw 3,803 yards and 33 touchdowns on 10 interceptions last season when the Steelers ended the regular season 12: 4.
Despite Pittsburgh’s early success and Roethlisberger’s stats, he currently ranks third in the AFC North. Big Ben (16th) ranks behind Lamar Jackson (8th) and Baker Mayfield (10th) in the Pro Football Focus quarterback rankings. Second year QB Joe Burrow ranks 18th.
“Ben Roethlisberger showed his toughness by returning from elbow surgery at the age of 38 and helping the Steelers get off to an 11-0 start,” PFF wrote. “But something seemed amiss during this hot period and Pittsburgh finished the year 1-5 in their last six games.
“The new offensive coordinator Matt Canada has a big job figuring out what will trigger this offense. Roethlisberger finished last season last season among 36 qualified quarterbacks in game attempts. He then led the league in shotgun passes (640) and Pass attempts under 10 yards He did a good job of getting the ball out of hand quickly but that didn’t result in many explosive games as the Steelers finished 26th on the explosive passing percentage (11.7%). “
According to newcomers Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth, Canada’s offense is “simple but complex”.
“What they do on their offense is really like a lot of what we’ve done to get the players in the best position to play a game and not think too much – just play fast,” said Harris, comparing the Steelers and Alabama’s game books. “It seems like they are trying to make everything as simple as possible so that players can just play fast and get the most of their skills.”
Roethlisberger will be at the forefront of this offensive attack hoping for better success than a year ago. Assuming this is the quarterback’s final season, this team will be pushing to prove critics – including PFF – wrong.
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.