Greeksteel wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:49 pm
Ben Roethlisberger will indeed be back as the #Steelers starting QB this fall. Just connected w/ the two-time Super Bowl winner’s agent, Ryan Tollner, who said this:
Ryan Tollner: They want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation. As we've shared since the season ended, we are happy to creatively adjust his contract to help them build the best team possible. A year ago, Ben wasn't sure if he could throw again, but he battled back to get 12 wins and the 8th division title of his career. They lost steam down the stretch and that doesn't sit well with for him, so the fire burns strong and theres plenty of gas left in the tank.
Love it! Lets fucking Go!!
YES! I am as pleased as can be for many, many reasons. I'm ready! As B2B's avatar says, slightly changed, I don't care, #herewego!!!
Seriously, the man is a winner, Yes, it's been a decade since we won a championship game. Realize the odds are somewhat stacked. But! If we can recreate a decent run game (OL and backfield), and keep the D strong (again, these are not easy to do, but we CAN do them!), Ben can be successful. He may not be able to carry us completely the way he could do many times over the course of his career, but he can be an integral piece.
I know some on here will deride and scoff. I know I'm also the person who is more optimistic about the Buccos in the near future than any of our other 2 teams right now. I know. But man, just look at the way the TEAM played in the first half or so of last season. The run game wasn't spectacular but it was definitely solid, which is all you probably need. The D was aggressive and often dominant, but then key injuries piled up and we weren't able to sustain that level of play. Ben can't win under those conditions. He might win enough to get us limping to a playoff spot, but he needs that complement to win, and he can do it. He has the savvy, he has the experience, he has the desire. The question is can his 39 year old body hold up? It will be a question we can only answer by playing the games, but I am also going to be a contrarian here and say it's also possible his arm strength will be even better with time removed from the surgery. We'll see, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing!
Yes, I'm on board with it may be time for Coach Tomlin (God bless you coach, hope you feel better soon!) to move on to other pastures, but with a lot of new coaches on the team, and a hungry Ben at the helm, let's see if Coach T can find some of what he found in 2019 with nobodies at QB and get us rolling! What he found in the early part of 2010 to keep us going with Ben out for 4 games and got us to the dance.
This buys us more time to see what we will have at the QB position. See if Haskins can turn it around. See if someone else out there we could draft or trade for could help us in the future. I'm good with it and meanwhile we are in the process of building up the team around that position with some cap relief and a sure veteran QB to take us to 2021! Let's Go, Ben!!! Let's GO, Steelers!!! Let's GO! I'm ready for kickoff right now!