The Pittsburgh Steeler pride themselves on being a model franchise for the NFL. They do not go crazy in free agency, they draft and grow their own players, and they certainly do not have players of questionable character on their roster.
With the second allegation of sexual misconduct in less than a year, Ben Roethlisberger is beginning to make people wonder how much of this the Steelers are going to take.
Now, I for one will be the first person to say that you are innocent until proven guilty. But in the court of public opinion, at least everywhere outside of Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger has already been found guilty, and so have the Steelers.
I can not imagine the discussions that have already taken place between Ireland and the South Side of Pittsburgh, but I am quite sure that there have been many calls between the Rooney family.
I have a solution.
The first thing the Steelers need to do is to go into damage control mode. They have to put on the shining face that they believe that Roethlisberger has done nothing, and that this is simply another case of a gold-digger trying to dig her way into the pockets of the ultra-rich Big Ben.
The next thing they need to do is to make a call to the Seattle Seahawks. With the aging Matt Hasselbeck, Pete Carroll could trade his first two first round picks for Big Ben and immediately upgrade his team.
If the Seahawks are not interested then make a call to the Washington Redskins, who will become favorites to win the NFC East with Big Ben under center.
Trade two first round picks and a second round pick.
There is no chance of trading Big Ben to any team in the AFC. He is, in reality, probably not going to go to jail, and you really don't want to have to play against him more than once every four years, if at all possible.
The next thing the Steelers need to do is set up interviews with both Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford. There is no chance that the Steelers will take either of these men anyway, but this is part of the smoke screen that they have to lay out.
You go to their pro days and bring them into Pittsburgh for a face-to-face. Give them the physical, and make everyone believe that you are hoping that either of them fall to us at pick four or six.
Phase two of my plan would have the Steelers claiming that they are looking to draft safety help for our secondary with our second pick in the first round (18) and that we are looking at Taylor Mayes. With the departure of Ryan Clark, that is a position that HAS to be filled.
What will happen now is that the teams who are hoping to land either Clausen or Bradford in the second half of the top 10 will be forced to trade up ahead of Pittsburgh to select them. When this happens the Steelers, at either pick four or six, will be able to select Eric Berry out of Tennessee.
The Steelers will then announce that Charlie Batch has been resigned to a three year contract extension, and that the Steelers are interested in drafting Colt McCoy in the second round with the other pick that they got from the Skins or Hawks.
If the Steelers trade Ben to the Hawks, they will pick again at 14, and will probably take Tebow then. With the 18th pick they can then go back to the best available player which, at this point, would probably be either CJ Spiller or one of the many offensive linemen.
There are a few things to look at in basically trading Ben Roethlisberger for Tim Tebow.
Roethlisberger has changed the style that the Steelers play. Because he is so good at what he does, the Steelers pound the ball first, and smothering the opposition with defense has gone to the way side.
With Art Rooney stating that the Steelers are going to be going back to the power running game, there will not be the need to make Roethlisberger happy.
Tebow would be able to come in, as did Roethlisberger did in his rookie season, and be along for the ride. Then he can grow into the player, or one comparable to the one, that Roethlisberger is.
Remember, when Roethlisberger was drafted, it was said that he was going to need at least a couple of years before he was ready to be the starter. Behind a smothering defense and a power running game, which the Steelers could have if they commit to it, Tebow could be the perfect addition.
Not only that, the Steelers would be able to get the top DB prospect in the draft, and would pick up an additional first and second round pick—which could shore up areas such as the offensive and defensive lines.
And make no mistake about it, with Tim Tebow, we will NEVER be hearing of him out drinking and partying, and things along those lines. Tebow is a proud Christian, and has even abstained from sex until this point in his life, because he believes in waiting for his wife.
Tebow is the kind of face that the Rooneys have always dreamed of having for their franchise, and, if they play their cards right, they may just end up getting him.
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