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    Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success

    Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success
    July 29 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    columnist Ron Cook

    "After one day of training camp, it seems obvious the Steelers have a lot going against them. Casey Hampton is too fat. Troy Polamalu and Chris Kemoeatu are too lame. The offensive line could be too weak. The defensive line could be too old. The schedule is too tough. The Cleveland Browns could be too strong.

    But the Steelers also have one very important thing going for them.

    Big Ben.

    "It almost scares me how good he is, how into it he is and how good he's going to be," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was saying between camp practices yesterday.

    Probably scares a few NFL defensive coordinators, too.

    The Steelers are lucky to have an elite player at football's most crucial position, the best quarterback in the league not named Tom Brady. You might argue for Peyton Manning. The Steelers and I will take Ben Roethlisberger at this stage of their careers. That's why the Steelers gave him a $102 million contract in March, including a $25.2 million signing bonus. That's why I'm here to tell you this morning he is the one reason to like the Steelers' chances of holding off the Browns in the AFC North Division.

    I'm thankful I have the easy part, not the money part.

    Roethlisberger has done so much so quickly that it's easy to forget he's 26, starting his fifth season. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to go 13-0 in the regular season as a rookie in 2004. He led the Steelers to the Super Bowl in '05. Forget '06 because of his motorcycle accident, emergency appendectomy and concussion. He set franchise records last season with 32 touchdown passes and a 104.1 passer rating and made his first Pro Bowl.

    "He's going to continue to grow as a quarterback," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He'll keep getting better and better."

    Arians already has seen it on the practice fields at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. "It's the way he carries himself," he said. "It's a night-and-day difference now from where he was two years ago. Then, he was like, 'I've got to take care of myself. This stuff is hard.' Now, he's like, 'I've got most of it down. I can help the other guys.' "

    In the team run test Sunday, Roethlisberger was the first to Hampton when Hampton clearly was struggling. (Unfortunately, he didn't kick The Big Snack in his fat behind for letting his coaches and teammates down). After the morning practice yesterday, he walked off the field with wide receiver Willie Reid, who had a couple of minor dust-ups with defensive players during drills. "You have to be smart," Roethlisberger could be heard telling Reid.

    I'm thinking the Steelers bought a little leadership for that $102 million.

    But let's be real here. The Rooneys paid the big money for big plays, touchdown passes and wins. There are reasons to think Roethlisberger will deliver on all fronts."

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    Re: Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success

    Good article and sorry to rain on the parade but better than Peyton?

    Also Brady's success is suspect. I still have Peyton has the best QB in the NFL...


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    Re: Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success

    Quote Originally Posted by Jom112
    Good article and sorry to rain on the parade but better than Peyton?

    Also Brady's success is suspect. I still have Peyton has the best QB in the NFL...

    At this point in his career, I do think so.... As I said over in the smack forum a while back, and over on your board as well recently, there's more to a qb than just a good arm. ... But we all lean towards different opinions....

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    Re: Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success

    Quote Originally Posted by NKySteeler
    Quote Originally Posted by Jom112
    Good article and sorry to rain on the parade but better than Peyton?

    Also Brady's success is suspect. I still have Peyton has the best QB in the NFL...

    At this point in his career, I do think so.... As I said over in the smack forum a while back, and over on your board as well recently, there's more to a qb than just a good arm. ... But we all lean towards different opinions....
    Fair enough. I'll stop hijacking your thread now.

    Must be nice to see Roethlisberger stepping up as a vocal leader in training camp...

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    Re: Roethlisberger will drive Steelers' success

    Good article. Thanks NKy.

    But at the same time, kinda obvious, no?? Won't any qb in the leauge drive their team's success??

    Just sayin'

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