Let me step back a moment.. Ben IS a leader.. he put the 2004 post season blame on himself. He got Bettis to come back, saved Bettis' life in 2005 in Indy and pretty much walked us to a SB.
Before 2006 season even started Joey was screaming about sitting out. Crash happened and well.... FWP asked who wanted it AFTER he got his money....
2007 Alan Faneca, the OL vet rejects an offer, captain status, and pretty much disrespects every coach on the team regarding our new blocking scheme because he misses Grimmace. Oh.. and didn't Hartings retire before the season?
In 2008 we win another SB... hip hop hooray... BA sucks and the D was golden.. until the 4th qtr of the SB when Ben had to work his magic... sign of thing to come.
2009 Ben tries to do all he can but without Troy it's a wrap. Also remember Ryan Clark has the audacity to become Kill Switch and ask why the DB's are getting blame... then he goes out and gives us a new clip for the blame gun. Oh.. and Hines calls out our leaders toughness on TV.
I think when we look back we have well fed teams who left the table last after SB's and just didn't have the hunger... I think the focus after a SB victory is money... how can I capitalize off the SB..
I think if we have back to back slumps then we have a problem. I think the SB hangover is real.