The Steelers’ disappointing collapse in the 2020 season highlighted that they had numerous team needs and put undue pressure on Ben Roethlisberger.
Now assuming they address the needs they have, could they make the Superbowl in 2021? Surprisingly yes, they can. The Steelers just need to take the pressure off Ben Roethlisberger to win games.
Yes, Ben Roethlisberger is undoubtedly one of the greatest quarterbacks in the last 50 years, if not arguably one of the best ever. That said, Big Ben is not Tom Brady, nor John Elway. Some quarterbacks, when they step onto the field, they just find a way to win. They transformed mediocre teams into dynamic teams. Look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 season. Without Tom Brady, they would have finished the season, at best, an 8-8 team. However, they finished at 11-5, and Brady dismantled the Kansas City Chiefs to win the title.
Sure Ben Roethlisberger commands the same respect as Tom Brady, but that’s not how he has found success throughout his career. When the Steelers assemble their team in 2021, they need to eliminate the focus and pressure on Ben Roethlisberger as their star player. If they do that, they will find that’s when Big Ben works his best magic. Not convinced look at Pittsburgh’s last three Superbowl appearances.