Steelers 2020 season will rise or fall on these 5 players

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The Steeles need ‘Big Ben’ to be ‘Big Ben’

To say that the Steelers need ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger to be ‘Big Ben’ is the equivalent of saying that the Steelers need our ‘field general’ to assume command of the offense and to lead the way toward a seventh Super Bowl trophy.  We all know that 2019 was a lost season for ‘Big Ben’.

It is not a stretch to say that the QB play was wildly inconsistent after ‘Big Ben’ was sidelined with an injury.  I’m sure while he was watching from the sidelines, he was ‘chomping at the bit’ to back out there and to be with his teammates in uniform rather than in ‘civilian’ clothes.

Make no mistake about it, as ‘Big Ben’ goes, the Steelers go.  What I mean by that is this:  If ‘Big Ben’ can play at the level at which we are accustomed to him playing, I think the Steelers will be back in the playoff mix.  If for some unfortunate reason, ‘Big Ben’ is merely a shell of his former self, I think we’re in for a long season.

Yes, we added players both in free agency and via the draft, but no position is as important as the QB position.  We are fortunate to have a franchise QB, but that can’t last forever.  The Steelers need to maximize his abilities by allowing ‘Big Ben’ to be ‘Big Ben’.  I think we will do that.

Let’s wrap up this discussion.