I just came in this thread to post the same response hahaha....
Originally Posted by supersteeler
And as far as the 'history shows' bullcrap....history said Ben would fail as a rookie yet he dominated and if it weren't for the Patriots cheating we may win a Superbowl that season.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Breaking Down The Steeler Quarterbacks
ROBERT LARA JUNE 28, 2013
Even though Big Ben missed three games in 2012, and has only started all 16 games once in his career, he is still regarded as one of the league’s elite players at his position. While amongst the most talented, Big Ben is among the least durable. Roethlisberger missed three games last season with a broken rib that threatened to puncture his aorta. Roethlisberger still managed to pass for 3,265 yards and 26 touchdowns, proving when healthy he can still produce. The Steelers finished the season at an even .500, with an 8-8 record, going 1-2 without Big Ben proved costly for Pittsburgh. Everyone in Steeler country knows this team will ride and die on the shoulders of Roethlisberger. Especially with deep threat Mike Wallace gone, it will be key for Roethlisberger to involve all his receivers, of course Tight End Heath Miller is always reliable. I’m sure a big sigh of relief was released when the Steelers announced Marcus Gilbert as Big Ben’s “blind side” left tackle, as protecting Roethlisberger is a must, and keeping Ben healthy is the key to Pittsburgh’s offensive success and playoff hopes.
Bruce Gradkowski is 6-14 as a starter in places like Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Oakland and Cincinnati.
The Pittsburgh native signed in March and has been busy working with the first team in Ben Roethlisberger’s place. A move that could benefit both Gradkowski and the Steelers, with Big Ben getting banged up so often, they may need Bruce to produce on short notice. In revamping their back-up quarterback situation, the Steelers basically cleaned house, letting Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch become free agents. So a veteran with Gradkowski’s experience, and hometown appeal should suit the franchise just fine.
In a move that could possibly foresee the future beyond Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected record-setting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth round of the this years NFL draft. In 2012 at University of Oklahoma Landry Jones threw for 4,267 yards passing, 23 Touchdowns, leading the Sooners to a 10-3 Record. Lets not get to ahead of ourselves, as their is no changing of the guard scheduled just yet. Jones must sit and learn for a year, hoping to overcome the learning curve of the NFL, and eventually move up the depth chart. For now Jones will have to prove he can throw under pressure and show his arm strength is NFL ready before he even gets a shot in the pro’s.
John Parker Wilson:
The once Quarterback of the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide has evolved into an un-drafted journeymen quarterback now with his 3rd franchise in 4years. The Steelers claimed John Parker Wilson from the Jaguars in February, desperate for arms at the time, this of course was pre-draft, and pre-Bruce Gradkowski. The Steelers have made moves since, which imply John Parker Wilson will either be on the practice squad, or working for a nearby Steel Mill.
Charlie, the Steelers dont want QBs with a GOOD PAST, they want QBs that PASS GOOD!
Originally Posted by supersteeler
Sorry Charlie, only the best passing QBs get to be Steeler QBs:
I agree. Too busy to go look it up, but there were plenty of posts during last season about having to pick a QB high in the draft after the injury to Leftwich and Batch. More than any other position, QB is a real crapshoot in the draft. Just so hard to project that "it" factor. The good thing is a team can find out pretty quickly whether a QB has "it". But just like a favorite stock pick, sometimes it's real hard when to decide to sell if it isn't working.
Originally Posted by BigRob