Former NFL Player Says Re-Signing Ben Roethlisberger is the Best Option for Steelers

Published 03/05/2021, 1:02 PM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


It appears that Ben Roethlisberger will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former Super Bowl winner’s future was in jeopardy, after the Steelers’ shock playoff exit to the Cleveland Browns.

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It appeared as though Big Ben’s long tenure with the Steelers was near the end. However, the Steelers and Roethlisberger are both committed to making this work.
Former NFL player Brandon Marshall discussed Ben Roethlisberger’s situation. He believes that re-signing Ben is the best option for the Steelers.

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This is primarily because they are a franchise that do not explore their options in the market. The Steelers would rather stick with the safe option and bring Big Ben back into the fold for another year.
“If we knew the Steelers was the organization that would pick up the phone for Russ and Deshaun Watson, then yeah, they’d be making the wrong move.
“But they’re not that organization, they don’t go out there and make these type of big splashes and participate in the major way in free agency, so this is their best option.” 

Are the Steelers making the right move bringing Big Ben back?

"The Steelers are not an organization that picks up the phone for Russ & Deshaun. … So Big Ben is their best option." — @BMarshall pic.twitter.com/DCmc71QQRs

— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) March 5, 2021

Furthermore, he added that this is a good option for both parties. Ben Roethlisberger is still an elite quarterback in the NFL. On top of this, the Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league. The only problem that occurs is Roethlisberger’s insistence on holding on to the ball to pick out the perfect pass.
“But the real questions I – why not? You have a Top-5 defense, a defense that can win the championship with a quarterback.
“It’s not that Big Ben can’t get it done, it’s his stubbornness – I want to hang on to the ball more. He can’t go outside of what the offensive coordinator wants to do.”
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Marshall noted that the Steelers will most likely do what is best for all parties involved. And the offensive plan is centered mostly around Ben Roethlisberger and what the Offensive Coordinator thinks is best.
He noted that this is a transition period for the Steelers, but if Big Ben can get back in shape, they can reach the Super Bowl.
“I do believe they should sit down and figure out what works best for Big Ben and what works best for the offensive coordinator. But Big Ben runs the show, and he’s been running the show for a long time.

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Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) shakes hands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
“I think this is the start of the transition, and if this was somebody who embraces more than his yoga and his stair-master, he might find himself in a good option where he could maybe play another year or two.”
Can Big Ben lead the Steelers back to the Super Bowl? Despite his age, he is still one of the quarterbacks in the NFL. And with the tools he has in Pittsburgh, there is no reason why he can’t lead them back to the Super Bowl.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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