The Clutch Enigma: Ben Roethlisberger, Part I
Is Ben Roethlisberger clutch? Kyle Rodriguez looks at the question, starting with a simple look at playoff performances.
As with Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger has two rings in his young career, along with another Super Bowl appearance. Like Tom Brady, Roethlisberger has been blessed with an exceptional defense early in his career, and through big wins in the playoffs has gathered the mantra that he is a clutch quarterback.
So, in evaluating Big Ben, what do we see in his playoff performances? If the mantra of "clutch" is true, than it should correlate to the playoffs, the big stage for the NFL, where every game is the difference between going home and staying alive. Of course, they don't tell the whole story, and situational stats and drive success must be taken into consideration. But, to begin, we'll examine Roethlisberger's playoff games versus his regular season play.
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers