Running segment alert. Constable Echelon thinks Ben Roethlisberger is wildly overrated and whenever recent on (or off) field events prove that point expect to read about it on H&F.
I hope one day the NFL Network runs a day of Ben Roethlisberger ineptitude. All the classic blunders back to back to back ad infinitum. Honestly it would probably take more than one day, but I digress. Sunday against the Colts Big Ben turned in one for the ages, snatching defeat from the jaws of sure victory.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 42 passes for 284 yards. Respectable numbers, sure. But let’s not forget the 3 interceptions and zero touchdowns.
And oh those interceptions. Roethlisberger has an unteachable knack for throwing picks when it will hurt his team the most. Interception the first occurred with less than 90 seconds remaining in the first half with Pittsburgh leading 17-7. The Steelers were deep in their own end holding all the momentum, so naturally Mike Tomlin elected to keep his foot on the gas and press for more.
I mean, if you’re paying a guy $102 million over eight years he should be something special, right? Ben lofted a pass to a bracketed receiver that was easily intercepted. Shortly after the Colts were in the end zone and a bankable 10 point halftime lead had dwindled to 3.
Early in the 4th quarter with the game tied, Pittsburgh earned a 1st and goal from the 5. With points at a premium Mike Tomlin took the ball out of Big Ben’s hands. Run, run, run, field goal. I think you could find someone for less than $102 million to do that.
Interception the second occurred on a 3rd and 4 with the Steelers leading 20-17, under five minutes to go. Indy receives the gift and scores the go ahead TD.
To finish the trifecta Ben flung a prayer into the end zone on the game’s final play. No qualms there, he had to do it.
My problem in this game is the play calling. 42 passes vs. 25 runs against an Indy defense that coming into the game ranked 25th against the run. Are these not the Steelers? Isn’t there a running tradition here? I know that in those 24 carries (one for Holmes) Mewelde Moore hardly got off, but you cannot concede the run against the Colts’ undersized front.
Had the Steelers rested on their lead (built on the back of two Moore TDs), and used their highly paid game manager as, you know, a game manager – they likely would have won the game. But the myth persists in Steeler country that Roethlisberger is a top of the line NFL starter.
And this myth cost them a game.
With Tom Brady out the AFC should have opened up for Pittsburgh by this point. Instead they are 6-2, losers of two of their last three, and have San Diego plus a trip to New England looming in the next three weeks.
The sooner Mike Tomlin realizes that he has more of a Kerry Collins than a Peyton Manning, the better it will be for Steelers fans. Wait, what am I saying? Chuck it around! He’s the next Fouts!