Ben Roethlisberger is clearly not the same quarterback he used to be, but here are three things the Steelers quarterback can do to turn his final season around.
Barring nothing short of a miracle, this is going to be the last season for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — I don’t think there’s any debate about this. Pittsburgh contemplated moving on from their signal caller after the 2020 season, but both sides mutually agreed to give it one more go this season.
The results have not only been less than desirable, but I would go as far as to say that they are worse than anything the organization could have envisioned this year. Through the first four games of the season, Roethlisberger has been one of the least efficient quarterbacks in football.
Nobody wants to see the Steelers legend go out this way. Though his physical traits have diminished, there are three things an old Big Ben must do to salvage his final season in the NFL:
Get back to the fundamentals
This is easier said than done, but right now, Roethlisberger looks like a timid old quarterback. I can understand why. His protection has not been great this season and he’s been getting hit more frequently than he’s been accustomed to.
However, if the 39-year-old quarterback wants to turn his final season around, he needs to stand tough in the pocket, practice good footwork, and follow through with his release. These are three things he is failing to do regularly, and it’s really hurting his accuracy this year.
Though we don’t want him to take unnecessary big shots, we want to see better results. Ben’s mechanics have gotten incredibly sloppy over the past two seasons, and he needs to get back to the fundaments before we can expect big changes this year.