Big Ben: Same Class as Brady, Manning?

Michael PreckolContributor IJune 4, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts greet each other on the field after the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 24-14 to advance to the Super Bowl.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Should Big Ben be considered in the same class as Brady and Manning as the most dominant QBs in the game?

No.  I'm so confused as to why so many put the Steelers leader on the same level as Brady and Manning. Yes, he has two rings. But is that reason enough to take him over the previously two mentioned QBs?

Big Ben, to me, is a very solid quarterback who has tremendous game-managing ability. I have yet to see him carry a team on his back to a win in a big game.

He did everything he could in 2005 to lose that Super Bowl and, without a solid ground game, a few big plays from Parker and Ward and a horrible coaching job from the Seahawks ensured that they lost that game. 

Now, even me calling him a good game manager is overrated due to his high interception totals. He throws the ball away a lot.

I give him credit for a good '08 season, but that team is nowhere without their defense and punishing running attack.

But, look at the overall offensive team rankings: 20th in points and 17th in pass yards. Those aren't the stats of an offense with a premier QB.

Put Rivers or even Jake the Snake from Carolina in the Steelers' huddle and they would have two rings, as well.

Big Ben is a product of his team. So, please stop all the Big Ben love fest, and stop classifying him with Brady and Manning. If you need to compare positions from the Steelers to other top contenders, do it with Dick LeBeau. He is in the top class of coaches and the real reason for the Steelers' success.