Ben is not the problem...Period. Ben is the ONLY player on the field trying to put this team on his back and get them where they need to be. What does he get for that???? Everyone wants him gone. Surely you don't think there is another QB in this league or in next years draft that would have the ability to tell Haley to STFU I'm running the offense...Touch this OL with his jock strap & they would turn into ALL Pros...And his prescence on the field would miracuously make the defense return to form & play lights out football again...Do you?
There are a lot of guys in here that I like & respect that are calling for his head...But I pull no punches. Maybe this is too harsh...But you don't have a clue. Maybe you just haven't strapped a helmet on a know what "TEAM" & "LEADER" is defined. Sink or Swim...I know what BB is trying to do. I respect what he is trying to do. YES...He is making mistakes. YES...He is making plays. I also struggle to find anyone else doing the same. I would play for BB & break my neck trying to keep him clean. I would never have a bad thing to say about what he is doing on the field...I understand what he is up against. A MOUNTAIN...But BB is still swinging! If all you have is critical words & want to cast him off because of 2-6...You are missing the fight. If you don't understand...Take you stats...Find another team...And put BB your waiver wire in your fantasy league...Because that is the only football you understand. I can't stand the season is over at the half way point. I want Haley, Bicknell, & Smith fired. I want DL to retire & Butler to take the reigns. I want some vets gone because the are shells of their former selves. But I will tell you this...I am gaining alot of respect for BB for what he is trying to do against the odds in front of him. If you want to cut a man's head off for fighting...Then cut off Ben's. It make sense....Because He may be the only one out there doing just that.
The "Optimistic" Offseason:
Taylor, Polamalu, Keisel, & Harrison - Retire
Cortez Allen & Shamarko Thomas - Steelers Believe They Are Starters
Cut - C Thomas & L Moore
Re-Sign Blake, McCain, Golden, W Johnson, & Moats
Re-Sign Worilds ($6 Mil Avg) OR Sign Derrick Morgan/Jabaal Sheard/Brandon Graham/Pernell McPhee
1st Danny Shelton NT
2nd Eli Harold OLB
3rd Jacoby Glenn CB
4th Jesse James TE
5th Matt Jones RB
6a James Sample S
6b Ray Drew DE
7th Kaelin Clay WR
For any other QB in the NFL, the entire community would consider that an indictment of his OL. However, we are on such a witch hunt here that every sack he takes, every pressure he feels, every time he drops back and has pressure in his face right away is on the QB. What a joke.
And for those who state that others like Brady, Manning etc. would throw the ball away instead of taking those sacks, with this OL they would be forced to throw it away 10 times a game. How effective do you think they would be with numbers like that? Ben sees constant pressure every game, against every D. Other QBs see a bit of this kind of pressure when they face elite pass rushing defenses maybe once or twice a year.