3 reasons Steelers wouldn’t dare bench QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2021
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers will believe he is the best option
Big Ben is pushing 40 years old. His mobility is essentially gone at this point and his arm has gotten substantially worse in his old age. But despite all of this, I thoroughly believe that the team thinks he gives them the best chance to win football games, and ultimately to win a 7th Super Bowl.
The odds are certainly stacked against him. Roethlisberger is coming off quite possibly the worst six-game stretch in his NFL career, as his performance flatlined at the end of the 2020 season. Pittsburgh will be hoping that the changes made on offense and the addition of players like Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth will help Roethlisberger right away. They may also be optimistic that another year removed from major elbow surgery could actually do him good.
At the end of the day, it’s not going to matter what we believe. Even if the former star quarterback struggles hard for another six-game stretch and fans are wanting the Steelers to put in Mason Rudolph, the team has shown how much they believe in BenRoethlisberger, and he’s not going to be watching from the sidelines.
Pittsburgh’s decision whether or not to bench Ben if things go south is out of our control. All we can hope for is that Ben Roethlisberger improves enough on his 2020 performance that this team could compete for another championship this season. A rebuild is not going to start while Big Ben is still on the team, so let’s hope they give it a good run in 2021.