For a while, there was little question that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of the top passers in the league. With him under center, the Steelers reached three Super Bowls, winning two. His gunslinger throwing style and ability to extend plays made him not just exciting to watch, but also led to the Steelers' success when he became their starter in 2004.
Roethlisberger currently holds the ninth-highest career passer rating among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 pass attempts, at 92.3. He ranks seventh-overall in career average yards per attempt at 7.9 and 12th in completion percentage, at 63.1. He's the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, doing so in his second season, was the Associated Press' Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and has reached the Pro Bowl twice.
However, the Steelers haven't had a playoff win since the 2010 season, finished 8-8 in 2012 and are coming off their bye week with an 0-4 record, the worst start for the team since 1968. Though football is a team sport, one also influenced by coaching decisions and the front office, it's hard to not wonder how much of a hand Roethlisberger has had in the team's recent decline.
And Roethlisberger is a different quarterback now than he was when the Steelers were perennial Super Bowl contenders. His net yards per attempt are down significantly, at 5.69. His sack percentage is now at 8.5, after a career low of 6.3 last year. Though his completion percentage is steady at 63.6, he's thrown just five touchdowns to five interceptions already this season and has fumbled the ball five times.