Ben Roethlisberger: Do the Steelers Need a Backup Plan at Quarterback?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Another year, another controversy for Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

First there was his motorcycle accident, then there was the accusations of rape from a woman in Las Vegas, NV, and now a woman has accused him of sexual assault in Atlanta, GA.

Ben is starting to become the most infamous quarterback in the National Football League.

Now, for all fairness, the accusation of rape from the Las Vegas woman never did pass the smell test.  It stunk; the woman never filed charges and only filed a civil suite.  It seemed like a quick cash grab.

This latest incident, however, did have the police interviewing Big Ben, as well as reports that a rape kit was done on the woman.

This, of course, does not mean that Ben is guilty of anything.  Unlike a lot of media members, I like to wait until all the facts come out before I jump to one conclusion or another (it saves me from apologizing as well as looking like a boob ).

In fact, of the three incidents, the only one we know that actually happened was the motorcycle accident.  Which had me asking why do these high paid athletes want to risk millions to ride a bike?

So for the most part Ben could be a pretty stand up guy.

But if anything materializes out of this latest episode then Ben could be looking at a lengthy suspension and jail time.

That means, if I'm the Steelers, I've got to look at patterns and cover my bets. 

This team is just a season removed from the Super Bowl, and I'm sure has high hopes about making another run.  Without Ben, that could be difficult.  If I were in that front office, I'd be looking for a pretty strong backup.

So, where should the Steelers look?

If I were them I'd maybe invest my second-round pick in a gunslinger, and (according to many mock drafts) there should be some young guns available.  Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, and Dan LeFevour are among the few projected for round two.

All in all, no one knows how this will play out or if Ben even did anything wrong.

However, sometimes where there is smoke there is fire and even though Roethlisberger is still young I wouldn't put it past the Steelers to invest a second or third rounder in a solid quarterback that they can groom for a worst case scenario.