On Tuesday, Mike Tomlin was interviewed on Sirius Satellite Radio. Is that still around? Anyway, he told the hosts that Ben Roethlisberger will be the Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback from this week forward.
Charlie Batch did a nice job in his absence but he is a mere mortal. Ben is a superhuman freak of nature. I can’t believe some of the stuff I was reading the week prior to the Baltimore game. ESPN actually conducted a poll asking if Chaz plays well, should he start against the Browns in week 6. How is that even a question? The only people voting “yes’ must have been Bengals or Ravens fans because nobody who actually wants the Steelers to win would ever consider leaving Big Ben on the bench.
Even Terry Bradshaw, who wanted Ben thrown off the Steelers, endorsed having him on your fantasy football team.
A humble and contrite Big Ben took the podium at the Steelers training facility on Monday. He spoke from the heart, showing a tender and sensitive side which we seldom see. I was greatly impressed by his well-spoken words, particularly when he recounted how much he missed “his brothers.” If the Black and Gold are a Band of Brothers, they’ve been missing their five star general for far too long.
The Post-Gazette has wasted no time writing 2,000 word love letters to our quarterback. I hope Ben at least gave Bouchette a reach around afterward. I’m fired up about the return of the Messiah but these press releases disguised as reporting are exactly why I always call the local media the team’s unofficial PR department. Sheesh.
Anyway, the Steelers finished 29th in total offense and 31st in passing offense during Big Ben’s absence. Now that He Who Tosses Aside Linebackers and Walks On Water has returned, those numbers are going nowhere but up. There were plays to be made all over the field in every game, we just didn’t have the quarterback to make them. Mike Wallace beats guys down the field left and right. Hines Ward has six lousy catches over the past three games. This is one of the best receiving corps in the league!
Take an unstoppable defense, mix in a vastly improved running game, and then you add a big game quarterback second to none in the history of the NFL? That’s a recipe for success.
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