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I, and other steeler fans wonder...
Published on October 30, 2006 By Sean Conners aka SConn1 In Football
Ben Rothlisberger lost his 4th game out of 5 yesterday. This time, he managed to make the Oakland Raiders, considered by some as the worst team in the league, look good.

Ben threw another 4 interceptions and just looked bad out there. What is wrong with him?

Is it the motorcycle accident? Watching him play, he seems to be reacting a bit slower than in the past. It could be a lingering or permanent effect of the accident. Or it could be a lack of confidence.

Is it the fact that he hasn't had to deal with any real adversity on the field being surrounded by a great team and dominating defense? Is he just full of himself and not doing the hard work and study it takes to be competitive in the NFL?

I really have no idea. But I do know that watching him play has gone from one of my favorite things in the last few years to a truly painful experience. I hope he or the Steelers or someone figures it out soon.

Maybe he should be benched, maybe he should "play thru it." I don't know. But Bill Cowher better know or figure it out pretty fast.

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on Oct 30, 2006
This time, he managed to make the Oakland Raiders, considered by some as the worst team in the league, look good.


1: They may be the worst team, but they are MY Team!   
2: No, even Ben could not make them look good! They won, but they did not look good doing it.

But to answer your question, I think it is Ego. Winning a superbowl at his young age gave him a swelled head. Hopefully, this season will shrink it back down (or not since I am not a Steeler fan........Immaculate Reception anyone?)
on Oct 30, 2006
I came I read, but I cannot comment!   
on Oct 30, 2006
: They may be the worst team, but they are MY Team!

well congrats to ya on the win...ugh...

2: No, even Ben could not make them look good! They won, but they did not look good doing it.

oakland's defense was made to look good at least.

think it is Ego. Winning a superbowl at his young age gave him a swelled head

i have a feeling a benching is in order. if it is ego, that should shrink it. if it was the accident doing something to him, then he'll still suck.

Immaculate Reception anyone

i watched it live in 72 with my folks back in the burgh. we're not gonna get into the "who hit the ball 1st" debate are we? i have a feelin no minds will be changed, lol.

good luck to your Raiders this year Guy!

on Oct 30, 2006
we're not gonna get into the "who hit the ball 1st" debate are we?


No, but I can grumble.
on Oct 30, 2006
No, but I can grumble


everybody grumbles bout somethin,,,lol
on Nov 01, 2006
I think the problem with Big Ben is he is yet to be healthy this season. From the motorcycle accident to thumb surgery to having his appendix removed to last week's concussion he has yet played a game when he has been close to ready to play. Not only hasn't he been ready physically he hasn't been ready mentally.

Dr. Guy mentions 'ego' being the problem and I agree, but not for the same reasons. He thinks winning a Super Bowl at a young age has made his head big. I think being young, big and strong has made him feel he can do anything. (Probably the same attitude that made him ride a motorcycle without a helmut even though he's an inexperienced rider). Big Ben thinks he could come right back and play without getting enough reps in practice. He needed it to play at the speed of the game. He wasn't ready and he looked slow as hell out there. I'm not talking physically but his football decisions weren't as fast as last year.

No way should he have started last Sunday. Nor should he have played in game 2 or 3. I don't blame Ben at all though. You asked injured players if they want to play and most times they will say they are "ready to go". Of course Ben is going to say he is looking forward and expecting to play any Sunday.

I put the blame all of it on Bill Cowher, the Steelers coach. I understand his fondness for Big Ben, especially after winning his long awaited championship. Cowher needed to look at this season though, not still think of last season. Charlie Batch, the back-up quarterback played superbly in game one. He should have kept playing until one of two things happened. Either he started playing bad or until Ben got completely healthy enough to play.

Cowher's loyalty has quite possibly cost Pittsburgh this season, especially in a very tough conference. Now he has taken it to the point where if he takes out Ben now he may ruin his confidence for not only this season, but maybe even next season. The only thing he can hope for is the concussion that Ben had is bad enough where he HAS TO sit. Then Batch can come in and do his thing while Big Ben hopefully recovers both physically and mentally.

I'm definitely not giving up on this season. I just hope Cowher hasn't.
on Nov 01, 2006
I'm definitely not giving up on this season. I just hope Cowher hasn't.


No way should he have started last Sunday. Nor should he have played in game 2 or 3.


I put the blame all of it on Bill Cowher, the Steelers coach


agree on all points
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