Iron Curtain Call: Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers 2 time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury. Mason Rudolph will take over as the starter.
Sunday was a rough day for a lot of teams in the NFL especially if you’re the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Ben out for the rest of the season, I believe the coaching future of head coach Mike Tomlin now falls in the hands of 2018 3rd round pick Mason Rudolph. Rudolph beat out Joshua Dobbs for the backup spot in the preseason. Ironically, the Steelers traded Dobbs to the Jaguars last week. Roethlisberger will forever be tied to the city of Pittsburgh and he’s had an outstanding career but I believe it’s time for the Steelers to prepare for life without Ben for good.
Why move on from Ben
Age: Ben is 37 and is no stranger to injuries. He certainly has dealt with his fair share of them but with the way he plays, how much longer can his body hold up? Ben can still perform at a high level while healthy, the issue is keeping him healthy.
Cast: Ben, Bell, Brown, The Killer B’s, are now all out of the equation in the Steele city. Without Bell and Brown Ben hasn’t been very effective.
Turmoil: It is terrible when you have former teammates speak out on your poor leadership abilities but that is exactly what a lot of Ben’s teammates did this offseason. Ben actually admitted to being a poor teammate, not something I want to hear from my starting quarterback.
Mason Rudolph: This has to be obvious but Rudolph was drafted for the post-Roethlisberger era. If he plays well with Roethlisberger out this season there is no way you send him back to the bench.
All in all. Ben is a legend and a Hall of Famer. With that being said it is time for him to hang up his cleats for good. If he chooses to keep playing the Steelers need to move on from him.