Big Ben Roethlisberger Needs to Get a Little Smaller

Kyle Strittholt@Man0fSteel94Correspondent IFebruary 5, 2009

The Steelers are Super Bowl champs. They're living on cloud nine right now. While everyone else is looking for adjustments this offseason, they're celebrating the biggest victory of the season. But the Steelers have some things even they need to improve on this offseason if they want to return to the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh has the No. 1 defense in the NFL, so they may want to draft a few young players in later drafts. The biggest problem that this team has seen was sacks on Ben Roethlisberger. The question is, was it the O-line's fault? Or is part of it the quarterback that's almost as big as the offensive linemen?

I think Ben needs to work on losing weight this offseason. Everyone has seen the play against Baltimore where he ran around in the backfield and then at the last second threw to Santonio Holmes for a touchdown. They also saw the play against the Cardinals when he again ran around dodging people before tossing it off for the first down.

The truth is that wasn't all Big Ben.

It was the receivers' ability to adjust to a broken play. Without the wide receivers making the reads, those could have been big plays the other way.

If Ben gets lighter and a little more agile, he could be a more complete quarterback than he already is. I think he is surrounded by great talent, and right now he's a little overrated, but if he can improve on his whole weight, I think he can improve a lot on the field.

He can avoid sacks easier and hopefully won't have a scare like he had with the strained spinal cord. He needs to call up a dietitian and start training.