On Sunday Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went down with what appeared to be a severe knee injury. Although we’re still waiting on an MRI to find out the severity of Roethlisberger’s injury, the outlook doesn’t look good for Steelers team that relies so heavily on the veteran gunslinger.
Roethlisberger is the heart of the Steelers offense, also with playmakers like Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in the mix. The playmaking signal caller does a great job of creating plays in the clutch and benefiting from everything directed at him by the opposing defense. Sure, the Steelers can lean on Bell to grab yards on the floor and Brown will still be a reliable choice for backup quarterback Michael Vick, however it won’t be enough to overcome the increasing loss of Roethlisberger.
The key reason for that is quite simply, Vick doesn’t have the equipment to consistently lead the Steelers to victory.
Sure, maybe if this is 2006, Vick would give the Steelers a quality quarterback to fall back on in Roethlisberger’s absense. But once we saw last season, the aging Vick is no further the outstanding quarterback he once was. He struggles with decision making, and isn’t the same athlete he was once in his prime. Vick will occasionally make a few plays together with his feet and shows a great arm, but turnovers plagued him in his previous starting stint with the New York Jets.
The loss of Roethlisberger would also be described as a devastating blow to the Steelers’ offense. Pittsburgh is definitely able to count on “Big Ben” to make plays when it matters most and carry their offense, but they do not get that same dependability from Vick. The mental facets of Roethlisberger’s presence are only as important as the physical aspects.
While the Steelers appear to be optimistic, odds are Roethlisberger will at the least miss several games while rehabbing his knee. If he misses the whole season (if his ACL is torn), though, you can count the Steelers out of Super Bowl consideration.