This. All day long this. Don't get me wrong, I love Ben's ability to improvise, but eventually it's going to get him killed (and we're going to lose a lot of games in the process) if that's the ONLY trick in his bag. I don't know if his indecision is real or imagined, but the last few games he's simply not throwing in rhythm and hitting guys in stride. At least not consistently. He's double clutching and second guessing. He's never been much of a rhythm passer IMO, but I think that was the intent when they brought Haley in... to make him one. I don't want the improv to disappear, but it would sure be nice to not hold my breath every single time he drops back. Would be even nicer to see them convert 3rd and 4-8 more consistently on short timing routes. Maybe it's the receivers not getting separation, I don't know, but I swear he still seems to pass up the open intermediate route, instead opting for the long incompletion. There were some plays this last game where you could just see the indecision in him. Like, visibly see him second guess himself. That's not a good trait in a veteran QB.
Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh
Roethlisberger hasn't learned yet that his 'backyard football' doesn't work with one of the weakest OLs in the NFL. He still wants to play the game the way he plays the game, regardless of the situation around him.
Originally Posted by feltdizz
It was always difficult for the offense to score points consistently with Ben's style of play. As a result, the team counted on Ben to win close games at the end. The ability to win close games at the end seemed to disappear last season.
Originally Posted by NorthCoast
It seems it's becoming more difficult for the team to win games now that the defense is slipping and can't play at a top 5 ppg level.
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We could trade Ben to the Raiders for draft picks, get Johnny Football next year AND a LT to protect him. We'd still suck, but at least there would be someone else to complain about.
This is the issue right here. We've been playing everyone close since we got Ben. And he somehow pulls it out in the end. The offense still kinda sputters for most of the game like it always has. We're just not pulling it out in the end.
Originally Posted by BURGH86STEEL
And the D is giving up too many points. I think we miss Hampton. The D started playing well in December when Hampton started playing well last season. Wonder if we could bring back Casey? He did say he had another 5 years in him. He may not be a great athlete, but he never was. It might take him a month to get in shape because he's probably 400+ sitting on the couch right now.