Keep in mind while reading this I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers with a burning passion and Roethlisberger is up there with Tom Brady among my least favorite players in the NFL. Regardless, I am fairly subjective and fair in my article regarding both the Steelers and Big Ben, no?
Not that many people are going to end up reading about it, but before this completely infeasible rumor gains any legs I want to promptly squash it.
I stumbled across an article posted on NFL Touchdown by author Lars Hanson with the thesis that the Seattle Seahawks could be interested in obtaining two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At least his trade proposal in that article made sense, this Roethlisberger one—well, lets dissect this garbage.
“The Rooney family is not so high on Big Ben with this second off the field incident in his career and could be willing to part with the star quarterback if the Rooney’s don’t feel Ben is a part of the family.”
Off the top of your head, can you think of a single two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has been traded in his prime because of off-field issues?
When you have had that much success, your owner finds a way to stifle his dislike, (if Rooney even dislikes Ben, another piece of garbage that’s not substantiated), and find other ways of dealing with the player besides trading the guy who has a perfect 2-0 record in the Super Bowl.
Professional athletes are targets, and the idea of a female crying wolf for sexual assault to extort money is completely feasible; especially when Ben has already been accused once, (still not proven guilty).
The fact his name was thrown in the mud once because of the first accusation makes it all the more easier to make him a target.
“The Steelers have said they would be content with current backup Dennis Dixon as the team’s starting quarterback.”
No, just no, this is a bad unsubstantiated rumor that gives some bloggers a bad name.
Dixon has only thrown 27 NFL passes and has as many TDs and INTs as Roethlisberger has Super Bowl rings.
The only way Dixon even becomes viable is if Roethlisberger is suspended or lands behind bars. In the one game Dixon has started, he had 145 yards, a 46.2 completion percentage, one TD, one INT, and a 60.6 QBR, in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
I mean, even ESPN squashes this notion:
“It seems unlikely that he’s ready to be Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup just yet.”
They say he isn’t even ready to be the primary backup option yet; do you really need the extra reads that much Lars?
Even if Roethlisberger somehow got dealt, which is extremely unlikely to ever happen regardless of his legal issues, it would definitely not be for this ridiculous bounty:
“The Seahawks would send the No. 14 pick, No. 101 pick, second-round pick in 2011, and Leroy Hill to the Steelers for Ben Roethlisberger and a third-round pick in the 2010 draft.”
I don’t even think you could pull that heist off if you got a glitch in Madden 2010, seriously! What a load of horse s%^t.
It cost the Chicago Bears a pair of first-round picks, a third-round pick, AND their starting quarterback to acquire for Jay Cutler last off season (while getting a fifth in return); the comparison between Roethlisberger and Cutler is nowhere near the same level.
Whilst Cutler has never even made a playoff appearance, Roethlisberger already has a pair of Super Bowl wins including an epic game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
Big Ben also has a better TD/INT ratio, more passing yards per season, higher completion percentage, higher yards per completion, and a superior career quarterback rating. Literally, he dominates Cutler in every statistical category.
How can anyone justify the asking price would be less for Roethlisberger?
Forget getting a third-round pick back, forget not including the sixth overall pick, forget trying to fleece one of the best-run organizations in the sport to land one of the leagues most successful quarterbacks alive.
It would likely take the sixth, 14th and 60th picks just to raise an eyebrow to even compel the Steelers to maybe think about even taking the Seahawks seriously. Even then, the likely response would be a quick and resounding NO.
This next part is also humorous:
"It gives the Steelers a top 15 pick in the 2010 draft where they could fill their offensive line issues at either guard with Idaho’s Mike Iutpi or an offensive tackle like Anthony Davis from Rutgers, Trent Williams from Oklahoma or Bruce Campbell from Maryland whichever is still available."
So the author is proposing that a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is worth an unproven rookie offensive lineman, a second-round pick, and a mediocre linebacker?
Oh, let's not forget we get to swap a fourth-round pick for a third as well!
“Now the Seahawks would be giving up a lot in order to Roethlisberger but it gives the Seahawks what they’ve been searching for, a true franchise quarterback.”
A lot? Not only would the proposed trade be one of the biggest steals in NFL history, but also there would be a full-fledged riot in Steeler nation. The NFL would probably have to veto this ridiculous trade to save lives and infrastructure, that’s how outlandish it is.
I can’t even begin to imagine the volume of death threats that would pour into the phone lines and mail boxes of Steelers executives.
“Defensive end Derrick Morgan, offensive tackle Anthony Davis, running back C.J Spiller would not bring the immediate impact that Roethlisberger would.”
Of course they wouldn’t Lars, that’s because Roethlisberger’s value eclipses the value of all three of those guys!
This next excerpt is simply a pipe dream driven by his outrageous steal of a trade scenario:
“Plus, if the Seahawks were to make this trade, it still leaves them with the No. 6 overall pick, as well as a third-round pick where they could pickup an offensive tackle to fit in Alex Gibbs’ zone blocking scheme.
"Additionally, if the Seahawks wanted to really make their offense a complete Super Bowl caliber offense, they could seal the deal on Broncos’ restricted free agent Brandon Marshall and sign him to an offer sheet giving Roethlisberger a true No. 1 wide receiver.”
I believe the author lacks the comprehension of the word "contradict(ing)".
Not only would his trade proposal be one of the biggest fleeces in recent memory, but he proposes that the Seahawks could somehow land arguably the NFL's best young wide receiver in Brandon Marshall, while also adding a player with a No. 6 overall pick they have somehow managed to keep throughout this entire far-fetched proposal.
Essentially he is attempting to state the Seahawks, with two first-round picks, a second-round pick next season, and Leroy Hill (while swapping our fourth for their third), can land Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Marshall, and someone along the lines of Russell Okung.
I want some of whatever he is smoking.
Mr. Hanson also likes to claim he has media connections:
“Talking with ESPN’s Adam Schefter the rumors about the New York Jets trading for Brandon Marshall “have no legs,” so consider that Marshall rumor along with the Bengals rumor of bogus, the Seattle Seahawks still remain the only real team involved with Brandon Marshall.”
You don’t need to “talk” to Mr. Schefter to gain this precious inside info; it’s available to anyone with cable and Internet.
This is undoubtedly the only source Mr. Hanson has, if he had more, he would blog about his inside knowledge, wouldn’t he?
The fact he can’t even break any juicy news before the rest of the Seahawks blogosphere speaks volumes of the true validity of his “connections.”
Is it no surprise he doesn’t have an article up yet announcing the Darryl Tapp trade? Or any inside info on the status of Rob Sims, Ken Lucas, Ty Law, Donovan McNabb, Alex Brown, Sean Morey, Ben Hamilton, or any name of significance tied to an offseason rumor regarding the Seahawks.
Instead of focusing time to write outrageous articles, I would recommend Mr. Hanson take a heavier load of English/writing based courses; my spell check hit the excerpts from his article more so then my writing by a significant amount.
Instead of focusing on an unrealistic scenario like Roethlisberger, Seattle needs to give their already capable signal caller some adequate blocking and a playmaker to work with.
Hasselbeck is under contract for at least one more season and has some good football left in him, with so many other pressing needs, why fix what isn’t completely smashed and broken?
I am one of those guys who doesn’t see quarterback as a crying need on this squad.
Instead of mortgaging the future for another quarterback, trade what Mr. Hanson proposes to land a playmaker like Brandon Marshall, a guard like Logan Mankins, if anything.
It’s no coincidence Hasselbeck was at his best when he actually had viable blocking in front of him.
Hopefully this quells any potential spread of this rumor, as I have seen it has made it’s way onto several sites, hopefully members of the Seahawks blogosphere won’t have to hear this ever again.