Big Ben’s Productivity:
Granted, it has been bad enough that Cleveland’s Quarterback situation has gotten such little production over the last eight seasons. Yet what has really added the ultimate insult to injury in this situation has been the play of Ben Roethlisberger since he took over the Steelers’ starting Quarterback job in Week 2 of the 2004 campaign. The numbers really speak for themselves:
Regular Season Record: 80-33
Postseason Record: 10-4
Losing Seasons by Steelers: 0
Pro Bowls: 2
Playoff Appearances: 6
A.F.C. North Titles: 4
A.F.C. Titles: 3
Super Bowl Titles: 2
Career Stat Line:
2,090 for 3,313, 26,579 Yards, 165 TD’s 100 INT’s 14 TD’s rushing
Sure, part of the fact that the Browns have been so utterly terrible at times has to do with their organizations inability to acquire and develop a large amount of talent on the Offensive side of the ball. But when one takes a look at the Quarterbacks which the franchise has trotted out onto the field since 2004, once can definitely see why this team has struggled so mightily.
Will Weeden eventually stop the bleeding and become Cleveland’s most effective Quarterback since Bernie Kosar laced them up in the 1980’s? It is hard to say right now, but the Browns have some pieces in place along the Offensive Line at Center and both Tackles, at the Running Back position, and even a couple decent pass catchers to turn a few heads if they develop properly. Time will tell as to whether or not the Browns made the right choice, but Cleveland definitely needed a Quarterback entering this season and at least went after the third best one (in my opinion) in the entire Draft. At this point, all of the fanbase’s hopes and dreams will ride on the right arm of the former baseball prospect. I am simply thankful that they passed on #7 all those years ago.
Time to chime in readers: Will Weeden be the answer the Browns are looking for finally? Or will he be another bust? Will this rivalry ever be the same again? Will the Steelers sweep Cleveland yet again in 2012?
Stats Courtesy of: Pro Football Reference.com