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    Roethlisberger's "Knees are Shot"

    https://www.pennlive.com/sports/2021...-steelers.html


    Ben Roethlisberger’s knees are shot; it’s on Najee Harris to carry the Steelers
    Updated 10:20 AM; Today 6:15 AM
    Najee Harris, not Ben Roethlisberger, will carry the Steelers
    Ben Roethlisberger (7) participates in Organized Team Activities (OTAs). The 39-year-old looked good throwing against thin air as the only defender. But Ben is battling Father Time and arthritic knees. So make no mistake, it will be Najee Harris, not Big Ben, who will carry the Steelers in 2021. Hear much more in the Steelers Update Podcast below. (Karl Roser / Pittsburgh Steelers)Pittsburgh Steelers

    By John Luciew | jluciew@pennlive.com
    Video fresh from the Steelers’ first OTA practices shows Big Ben Roethlisberger zipping the ball. But the quarterback who once refused to be brought down by defenders had only thin air breathing down his neck.

    In other words, what we saw of the 39-year-old Roethlisberger at OTAs is an illusion. Ben is battling Father Time and arthritic knees. The damning evidence of where he stands at this point in his Hall of Fame career was compiled all last season. This is what matters, and it exposed Ben as but a shadow of his former Hall of Fame self.


    Yet, all is not lost for this 2021 Steelers’ team as a new star -- indeed a season savior -- prepares to step onto the Heinz Field stage.

    We have many other astute observations from OTAs – including the skinny on whether Big Ben’s diminishing skills are still enough for one last gasp – as a collection of smart Steelers’ scribes took their first look at the 2021 team.

    This and much more in the still-mandatory edition of your Steelers Update Podcast.


    Last season was Big Ben’s first following reconstructive surgery on his throwing elbow, which still wasn’t right. To compensate, Roethlisberger was forced to alter his release and throwing motion.


    It didn’t go well.

    That’s because Big Ben’s knees are all but shot, as well. The big-bodied quarterback once impossible to bring down can no longer generate power from his lower body in order to supercharge his passes. Those arthritic knees won’t let him.

    Live look at Steelers’ fans who mistakenly believe 2021 is all about their aging quarterback, not their new rookie RB:
    Some #Steelers fans every time Ben Roethlisberger misses on a pass in OTAs pic.twitter.com/uWyBOPAaCK


    No wonder Roethlisberger’s once-signature long ball misfired all last season, reducing Big Ben to a pop-gun attack of short passes that defenders were batting down and snuffing underneath.

    No amount of Slo-Mo can slow down Father Time for Big Ben:


    Things we love to see �� pic.twitter.com/HuQZ4okVTh

    — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 25, 2021

    Indeed, there’s no sugar-coating where the weak-kneed Big Ben now stands with the Steelers:


    Ben looks fine against air, and again, I don’t think his arm is dead. I’m more worried about his arthritic knees.

    All depends on how he holds up over a 17 game season and if the OL and can check off the question marks, keep him clean, and take some of the weight off him.


    — Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) May 25, 2021

    Now this might be going a bit too far with the Big Ben bashing. I mean, really?:

    Big Ben practicing his deep ball
    pic.twitter.com/Q8Sp9u1MME


    — PFF (@PFF) May 26, 2021
    Ben’s 2020 decline coincided with the once-vaunted Steelers’ running game grinding to a halt. It was a victim, at least in part, of an aging offensive line. The other problem was the lesser talent Pittsburgh had invested in the position.

    Enter first-round Steelers’ draft pick Najee Harris, who by the looks of this next tweet is still getting to know some of Pittsburgh’s peculiarities:

    Najee Harris on what's surprised him about Pittsburgh: 'The term Yinzer and the Primanti sandwiches' #Steelers https://t.co/ujmwrjJsU3 pic.twitter.com/XaSCKBEAbk

    — Blitzburgh ✨ (@RenegadeBlitz) May 26, 2021
    The Alabama Crimson Tide tornado is clad in black and gold now. But it might as well be a red cape.

    Harris could be seen at OTAs zipping in and out of obstacles, flashing his God-given combination of speed, agility and freakish cutting ability.

    But it’s not just his tree-trunk legs. Najee has good hands, too. And he was busy snagging passes from Roethlisberger – a combination that could be very prolific in Pittsburgh this season.

    But it’s Najee, not Big Ben, who’s now the centerpiece of the Steelers’ offense. His churning legs, broad back, gifted hands and fleet feet will be the engine that powers the Steelers’ attack.

    Here’s the Steelers’ kicking the tires on their new Mean Machine -- Sweet!:

    Najee Harris leads the running backs through drills pic.twitter.com/AjL2nwCCK2

    — Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 25, 2021
    Sweet, Part 2:


    Some Ben Roethlisberger to Najee Harris action #Steelers pic.twitter.com/8aYZWZNaYj

    — Noah Strackbein (@NoahStrack) May 25, 2021
    Harris has been brought in to do nothing short of carrying the load for Ben and the Steelers. He’s the focal point and the fulcrum of that Matt Canada offense currently being installed.


    This fact leads directly to the other major event of the first day of those OTAs. Namely, the Steelers wasting no time in showing Najee the money.

    Harris has a slotted rookie contract at pick 24 that showers him with a fully guaranteed $13.1 million over the next four years. Najee is pocketing a whopping $6.9 million of that right up front in the form of his Steelers’ signing bonus.

    PS: The Penn State guy’s getting paid, too. Just not nearly as much:


    The Steelers aim to squeeze every penny out of their shiny, new workhorse running back. In Alabama, Harris scored 30 touchdowns in a single college season. He’ll be facing similar sky-high demands with the Steelers.

    In fact, Harris’ workload with the Steelers will be absolutely insane. So much so, it threatens to further curtail what is already the brutally short self-life of NFL running backs.

    It was no coincidence then that Najee’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, was on Twitter before the ink on his client’s contract was dry.

    His message: Congratulating Harris on his “first” deal, adding “great things ahead!”

    Far from being a casual congrats, this is very carefully chosen language from the agent aimed at his ultimate mission of maximizing Harris’ bank account.

    This tweet contains a subliminal message for the Steelers: ‘Don’t close that wallet, Mr. Rooney. You want to run the ball; you keep paying the piper, er, Najee!’:

    Congrats on first deal ⁦@ohthatsNajee22⁩ ⁦@steelers⁩ - great things ahead! pic.twitter.com/I1NJLEBHaM

    — Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) May 25, 2021

    That seemingly benign comment about Najee’s “first deal” was actually a blatant signal to the Steelers -- indeed a shot across the bow.

    The team is now on notice that Najee and his negotiator will be coming back to the team very soon for a bigger, far richer second deal. And not four years from now. Try more like two seasons, instead.

    After all, second deals are where a star player really makes his money in the NFL. But rich second contracts can be a very scarce commodity for the perishable product of NFL running backs.


    Clearly, Najee and his agent aim to cash-in again before the Steelers can grind their new rookie runner into the ground.

    This is the main takeaway message from OTAs: Right from the outset, the 2021 plan in Pittsburgh is unmistakable. Harris will be asked to carry this offense because a hobbled Ben Roethlisberger can longer do so.

    It’s not just the best shot these Steelers have.

    It’s the only shot
    Last edited by NorthCoast; 05-27-2021 at 07:29 PM.

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    Wow. And management knew this and still brought him back for one more go around? Colts did that last year with Rivers and it wasn't a pretty sight.
    From the 2010-2020 season, (A 10 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.

    Dolphin fans in the 90ís held on to Don Shula for too long for what he did in the playoffs in the 70ís...
    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for too long for what he did in 2008, with Cowher's players & coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Wow. And management knew this and still brought him back for one more go around? Colts did that last year with Rivers and it wasn't a pretty sight.
    what is Tomlin thinking, get rid of him immediately!

    just look at how well that worked out for the Dolphins once they were rid of Don Shula.

    oh wait...

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    I'm in the dark here. When was it submitted into evidence that Big Ben has arthritic knees? Is there a doctor's report?

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    Quote Originally Posted by "BuzzNuter" View Post
    I'm in the dark here. When was it submitted into evidence that Big Ben has arthritic knees? Is there a doctor's report?
    Naw. Just some reporter trying to make a name for himself. Facts and reports just get the way of a good story.

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    Going by that story, Steelers are going to have to get a rocking chair for old man Ben to sit in when he's not on the field

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    Quote Originally Posted by "BuzzNuter" View Post
    I'm in the dark here. When was it submitted into evidence that Big Ben has arthritic knees? Is there a doctor's report?
    Why rely on facts when you can latch onto something negative to complain about
    Taking pride in the fact that I'm right so often and he is wrong so often, that Steel Maniac has to have me on "Ignore"

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    This is all bs like most reporters these days….

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    What part of this play makes you think his knees are not a problem?




    Look at his QB rating after the Dallas game where he was hit in the knee:

    Wk1 117.8
    Wk2 98.7
    Wk3 101.3
    Wk5 125.4
    Wk6 100.9
    Wk7 67.4
    Wk8 101.3
    Wk9 113.8
    Wk10 110.1
    Wk11 89.7
    Wk12 81.0
    Wk13 82.7
    Wk14 65.9
    Wk15 62.4
    Wk16 109.3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Wow. And management knew this and still brought him back for one more go around? Colts did that last year with Rivers and it wasn't a pretty sight.
    Going 11-5, making the playoffs and losing a close game is an ugly sight for a team that was 7-9 the previous year?

    I will gladly take another year of playoff football this year with Ben and hope Najee carries the load for a W in the playoffs.

    They barely lost to Buffalo and Rivers threw for 309 and had 2TDís and no INTís. If Ben can have a playoff game with no INTís I think we win in the playoffs this year.
    Last edited by feltdizz; 05-28-2021 at 08:33 AM.
    Tomlinís coming back so what can you do?


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