3 reasons Steelers wouldn’t dare bench QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2021

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Steelers will want to protect his reputation

Ben Roethlisberger’s Super Bowl wins came over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that fans will soon forget what he brought this franchise. The Steelers were in a drought after their dominant team of the ’70s that earned 4 Super Bowl wins. They wouldn’t win another championship until 26 years later.

I know fans like to put a positive spin on Ben Roethlisberger’s play over the past three years, but if we are really being honest with ourselves, this isn’t the same Big Ben we have come to know. He has been dinking and dunking the ball down the field much more often, and his ability to extend the play and make something out of nothing is a trait that, for the most part, has gone by the wayside.

Despite his drastic change in playstyle in his old age and the fact that Pittsburgh has clearly underachieved in the postseason in recent years, the team is going to do everything they can to protect Roethlisberger’s legendary reputation. The two-time Super Bowl winner and Steelers all-time passer will go down as one of the best players in Pittsburgh’s history.

There’s no chance he gets benched like Eli Manning in the final year of his career. The team just isn’t going to treat him that way – regardless of his play in 2021.