Ben Roethlisberger, a danger to Bears despite failing offense

9/22/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line is falling apart. They are terrible at their game run, getting a ranking of 31 based on average gain and yards covered.
 
They lost their deep position wide receiver Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins last offseason when he walked out as a free agent. Due to a torn ACL suffered last season, tight end Heath Miller has been out of action. There goes the MVP 2012. Maurkice Pouncey, who happens to be a Pro Bowl pick thrice and is arguably the best offensive lineman was rendered useless when he tore his right ACL and MCL when David DeCAstro accidentally tackled his legs. This leaves them with Ben Roethlisberger, who alone is a threat needing considerable planning.
 
Roethlisberger boasts a passer rating over 90.0 from seven of nine seasons and is responsible for leading the Steelers to the Super Bowl thrice and guided them to victory twice. In his past four seasons, he has summed 90n touchdowns with a low number of 39 interceptions and was sacked 152 times. Roethlisberger has a habit of throwing the ball with the opponent team closing in fast and often when in range of tackle.
 
A standard completion by him almost always involves him evading, outsmarting or shaking a pass rusher even though the 6-foot-5, 241-pound quarterback has a style which favors strength more than agility.
 
The veteran of 10 years for the Steelers has been putting up a good fight on his behalf even though the offense is a wreck but will be the center of attention for the Bears at Heinz Field coming Sunday. "We have to be relentless to the ball. We have to keep our contain lane,” said Bears coach Marc Trestman. “Last week (Minnesota's Christian) Ponder got outside the pocket two or three times.”
 
Ben is really the best at it. There are a lot of faster quarterbacks in the league,” he added. “But I don't know that there's been one any better over the last decade at extending plays under the chaos of a pass rush than Ben Roethlisberger, (or one who has) made bigger plays than he has over his career."
 
Mel Tucker, defensive coordinator for the Bears said about Roethlisberger that "He's a Hall of Fame-type quarterback. He makes plays with his feet. You have to keep him in the pocket. When he improvises, he's very, very dangerous.”
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