Ranking Steelers Ben Roethlisberger among NFL quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger has been a staple to the Steelers offense for 15 years. Here’s how I have him ranked among all current NFL quarterbacks.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been considered one of the better quarterbacks the league has had to offer for over a decade now. However, he has never quite been able to eclipse the elite class.

Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rogers have been a cut above the rest over the past decade of football. As winning as Ben Roethlisberger has been, it’s hard to justify putting him in the first tier with these passers.

I have separated NFL quarterbacks into tiers. Here where Big Ben falls among them:

Tier 1
1Patrick MahomesKC
2Tom BradyNE
3Drew BreesNO
4Aaron RodgersGB
Tier 2
5Russell WilsonSEA
6Andrew LuckIND
7Matt RyanATL
8Philip RiversLAC
9Baker MayfieldCLE
10Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
11Cam NewtonCAR
12Dak PrescottDAL
13Jared GoffLA
14Carson WentzPHI
15Deshaun WatsonHOU
Tier 3
16Kirk CousinsMIN
17Nick FolesPHI
18Matthew StaffordDET
19Jimmy GaroppoloSF
20Mitchell TrubiskyCHI
21Alex SmithWAS
22Sam DarnoldNYJ
Tier 4
23Derek CarrOAK
24Josh AllenBUF
25Andy DaltonCIN
26Lamar JacksonBAL
27Jameis WinstonTB
28Ryan FitzpatrickTB
29Eli ManningNYG
30Marcus MariotaTEN
31Joe FlaccoBAL
32Case KeenumDEN
33Josh RosenARI
34Blake BortlesJAX
35Ryan TannehillMIA


I have Ben Roethlisberger as my 10th ranked quarterback heading into the 2019 season. Ben is outside of the first tier of quarterbacks who are, in my opinion, currently a cut above the rest.

Big Ben finds himself below Wilson, Luck, Ryan, Rivers, and Mayfield in my second tier. Though you could make a case for Ben to be above the quarterbacks just mentioned, he hasn’t been as consistent as the quarterbacks above him.

At times, Ben Roethlisberger looks like the best quarterback in the league – firing on all cylinders and effortlessly moving his team down the field. He did exactly that against the Panthers last season, where he put up a 52-point showing and posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

However, Ben’s lows have game-altering implications. He turned the ball over 5 times against the Browns to start the season last year, and threw head-scratching interceptions against the Broncos and Chargers down the stretch.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Ben is still a great quarterback. But his carelessness with the ball at times and his 59 interceptions over the past 4 seasons lands him firmly in the middle of tier two of my quarterback rankings in 2019.

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With a little more consistency out of Roethlisberger in 2019, he will have a chance to elevate his status among the best quarterbacks in the league. Still, the Steelers quarterback is in my top 10,  and that isn’t a bad place to be right now.


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