Slash Stewart on Ben Roethlisberger

I’m a Kordell Stewart fan.

As my long time readers know, I make no secret of this fact. I’ve written a number of posts making a case for why I think he is unfairly remembered. I won’t bore you with rehashing those arguments. Suffice it to say, anybody who followed the Steelers religiously in the 90′s will remember Slash as the most unstoppable offensive weapon in the NFL. He was what guys like Michael Vick or Vince Young could only hope to some day be. And he did this with a merry-go-round of offensive coordinators and a group of very sub-par wide receivers.

If not for the fact Steeler Nation is only satisfied with Lombardi Trophies and anything less is unacceptable, he’d be acknowledged as one of the all-time greats. It amazes me that Bill Cowher is remembered so fondly when he won once in his 15 years but #10 is downgraded because he didn’t. I’m not saying Slash is better than Big Ben, I’m just saying he deserves much better than to be lumped in with the likes of Mike Tomczak or Bubby Brister. The man produced some of the most exciting plays in Steeler history so let’s give him the props he deserves.

I still love ya, Kordell. You know, in a fond but very manly way.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that..

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  • Adam

    Stewart had a much better overall team than Ben did and he could never win any games in the situations that Ben has been forced to. Your defense can win you a lot of games, just ask McNabb, but you have to win some on your own and Kordell never was an elite QB in any way.

    I agree about Cowher and a lot of that has to do with his decision to stick with Stewart for all those years instead of going after a better QB.

  • Chris

    Oh I disagree totally.  They both had great defenses and good running backs so that’s a wash.  The only difference was receivers.  Ben has Hines, Holmes, and Heath Miller.  Who did Slash have?  He put up 26 TDs when he had Yancey Thigpen,  who left via FA the next year when Stewart’s numbers declined.  Well, duh.  All Stewart had after that was Troy Edwards and Andre Hastings.  Ben wouldn’t win 5 games with those guys.

    Although I agree Ben is by far the more clutch player.

  • Matt

    Slash gets a pretty unfair shake a lot of the time.  He was never an elite quarterback, but brought a lot to the table with his total game.  He’s no Bubby or Cliff Stoudt, but he’s also no Bradshaw or Roethlisberger.

  • Chris

    I have often wondered how Stewart would have fared any a different system. While I agree that KS was not an elite QB, if you look at his best years, they all have one thing in common: a QB coach or QB friendly OC that kept him focused and under control (not to mention away from Cowher). I wonder what he might have been able to do with more direct mentoring.

    Besides, I distinctly remember being at a game, I believe in 2001, when the FG kicker was being booed off of the field BEFORE the kick. The big screen shifted to show Kordell walking up and down the sidelines, clapping and exhorting the crowd to do the same. Slowly, the boos turned to cheers and clapping. Say what you want about Stewart, but for that one game, for that one moment, he owned the crowd.

  • Chris

    I’m not denying he had moments of immense popularity.  But the crowd also turned on him in an instant, often unfairly.  Then again, we’re pretty tough on Ben now so it’s definitely a Burgh thing.

    As for him not being “elite,” well, people treat Young and Vick as superstars (wasn’t VY taken like 4th overall?) and Terrelle Pryor is everybody’s future star yet Kordell played like they do, only better.  So what does that make him?

    I guess the source of my frustration is a caller to a talk show who went argued the 90′s Steelers would’ve won championships if they had kept O’Donnell or played Jim Miller.  Give me a break.  Slash is infinitely better than either of those assclowns.

    We can argue Ben vs Bradshaw all day but Kordell should be everybody’s 3rd best QB in Steeler history.  I don’t see how that could be disagreed with.

  • Chris

    I agree. Many Steeler fans only remember the bad plays (regardless of who made them) and forget the good ones. But if you look at Stewart’s stats, he’s pretty high up there.

    That being said, I used to think it was a black QB thing. But, after sitting in the stands and hearing some of the things that the fans say about Ben, I think many of them just like to be miserable.

  • Don

    Do we forget that Neal O’Donnel played at least two plays for the Cowboys while wearing a Steeler’s uniform during a Superbowl?

    Why mention what they Steelers could have been with him!

  • Jeffrey

    I think they should have never taken Stewart away from his Slash position, and I’d bet you we would not even be having this conversation. But being that the QB we had at the time was not producing Stewart had to take over. He was the best we had at the time,, Sorry for him,,

  • Chris

    I agree with that to an extent.  Cowher once said that if he stayed at WR, he would’ve been a Pro Bowler inside two years.  In a way, Slash is like Tim Tebow…a talented athlete who is hard to box into one particular position because he has multi-faceted skills.

    I would argue, though, that his throwing ability was a lot better than people remember.  His accuracy was mediocre but his arm strength was superb.  If he had Thigpen for another 2-3 years, I’m sure his passing numbers would’ve been much better.