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This is a listing of various reasons in favor of "tweaking," so let's get the most obvious motive out of the way: prolonging the career of the franchise quarterback.
These field generals don't come around often, not even in every draft, and finding a gifted quarterback who can lead your team to success over the course of a decade- sinner longer- is a blessing.
Count the number of teams in the NFL who have the same starting quarterback they fielded in September 2004—the month Ben took the helm behind center in Steeltown. Keep in mind that Philip Rivers was backing up Drew Brees, while Eli Manning was a reserve for Kurt Warner until late in the season. Do you have your answer?
Discounting Peyton Manning until issues in Indy are resolved, the answer is ONE. Only Tom Brady is more tenured.
Heck, the Black and Gold have only found two quarterbacks in decades who fit the billing.
Many signal-callers have talked about reaching the peak of their intelligence for the game in their 30's, regretful that their bodies no longer had the maximum potential lost in their late 20's.
In other words, the strong, rugged Ben Roethlisberger has a physical advantage many of his peers didn't have, but the number of hits he has taken could have already counteracted this blessing.
It only takes one devastating injury to destroy a career, and the culmination of multiple career contusions and concussions doesn't help.
We all want to see Ben play into his mental prime, but he has to be able to go physically. Quarterbacks who have taken far fewer hits have retired at ages that are just around the corner for Big Ben.
If Roethlisberger wants to be an active player when Super Bowl L goes down, the avoidable rigors have to be thwarted. The expected wear and tear on an NFL quarterback is more than enough.
Getting the ball out more quickly and reserving the need to prolong plays will keep defenses at bay, minimize unnecessary hits and reduce the risk of long-term (or career-ending) injuries.
Fans will never know the quick throw that prevents a disaster from ever happening, but they'll sure remember any encore of last year's brutal ankle injury- or worse!