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Big Ben Might Be A Big Problem In Pittsburgh

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When Ben Roethlisberger announced in the offseason that he was returning to Pittsburgh for what seems like his hundredth season, the news was met with all the joy of a teenager watching his mom dance the electric slide at a neighbor’s graduation party. That lack of excitement has carried over to the regular season now that Big Ben has been mediocre at best.

But, we’ll give him this. At least the quarterback recognizes his own Pitt-falls.

“Right now, my play is just not good enough,” said Roethlisberger. We couldn’t agree more.

Though the Steelers are now 1-1, that record is a bit misleading. It could actually be worse. They could easily be winless two weeks into the season but for a questionable fourth quarter call against the Bills, which gave the ball back to the Steelers with just enough time to march down field and score the go-ahead TD in Week 1. Through two weeks, the only consistency the Steelers offense has shown has been their inconsistency, and Big Ben is a big reason why. His stats are pathetically average: an 85.6 passer rating, two touchdowns, a pick, and few big plays.

“Right now, my play is just not good enough,” Roethlisberger said following Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. “If I play better, we have a chance to win the football game, so that loss, I’ll take that. I’ll apologize to the fans. For that home opener, they were awesome. And it’s disappointing we didn’t get that (win).”

Pittsburgh dialed up just eight deep passes Sunday, only two of which were completed. “It’s frustrating because I’ve put a lot of stinking time in — probably more than I ever have,” said Roethlisberger.  “I’ve got to get it fixed because I am frustrated I am not playing well enough.”

This is what happens when you give up porn and booze.

Short of reviewing PornHub’s latest in lieu of game film and filling the Gatorade bottles with Wild Turkey, the Steelers will have to bank on Ben finding the fountain of youth.

“The good news is it’s still early. There’s a long road ahead of us, a lot of time to get it fixed,” said Roethlisberger.

“So, I’ll work on me getting myself ready to go and making better reads and better throws and trying to put us in a situation to win a football game.”

Get excited, Steel City, but also grab some IC Light just in case. You’ve still got another 15 games of Ben to look forward to!

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. They’re passing on 67% of play calls. Stop that. How about line up and run the ball at teams more? You know, like Steelers football? This spread dink and dunk junk has to go. Run the football. You invested in a physical back so use him. They’re getting destroyed in time of possession, and a tired D is a recipe for disaster. Below if the play selection from the first two games. I honestly have no idea how they won the first game against the Bills looking at the stat sheet.

    VS Buffalo
    32 passes
    21 rushes

    VS Raiders
    40 passes
    14 rushes

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