Ben Roethlisberger put on a show in front of a national audience as the Steelers dismantled Carolina 52-21 in Week 10. Roethlisberger threw just three incompletions while racking up 328 yards through the air and five touchdowns. Any time you throw more touchdowns than incompletions that is a pretty good day at the office. It was clearly one of the best performances in Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame career.
Roethlisberger has always been a supreme talent. He is one of the best passers of the football in the history of the game. Clearly, he is a big, strong quarterback and has an outstanding career highlight tape of extended plays with sheer physicality that leads to playmaking that most quarterbacks just wouldn’t have even attempted.
But as Roethlisberger aged, the Steelers realized that he had to change his style of play. Bruce Arians is an excellent offensive coordinator, but his scheme puts his quarterback in jeopardy. Just ask Carson Palmer and Andrew Luck. Arians loves to push the ball deep downfield and therefore, in his longer developing passing plays, his quarterback takes a lot of hits. You mix that scheme with Roethlisberger’s nature of extending plays and what was a much lesser offensive line back then and it is easy to see why the Steelers organization would be concerned for his long-term prognosis.
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