Steelers QB report card: The end is near for Ben Roethlisberger
By Shayne Kubas
Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Week 4 Grade: F
Realistically, this should be consecutive F grades for Ben Roethlisberger. I held off last week due to a few nice throws, but this week he missed too many opportunities for big plays. Nobody was more hurt by his inaccuracy than Juju Smith Schuster, who had a long completion and a touchdown taken away by missed throws by Ben.
The overemphasis on the quick passing game has also turned Ben into a primarily first-read QB, often leading to missed chances for bigger gains. The 4th-down plays especially have been brutal, not even attempting to run plays past the sticks. The offense is trying to cater to Ben’s diminishing skill-set, which is understandable. If it isn’t effective though, which it hasn’t been, then either do something different or put in someone who is willing to. If that means benching Ben, then so be it. It already happened to his 2004 draft classmate, and Ben has done nothing to convince the team he should be the unquestioned starter.
As it stands, it’s looking like a lost season for the Steelers. It would be uncharted territory for this generation of Steelers fans, but it may be for the best. If Ben does get to play out the season, I hope for both his and the fans’ sake that he has a vintage performance left in him along the way. It didn’t come this week, but who knows: maybe Ben will earn one more A performance to add to his resume.