Coming into the 2010 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had some questions to answer, and what the team would do in the absence of Big Ben Roethlisberger was on the top of that list.
After a second straight offseason full of off-the-field turmoil courtesy of their “franchise quarterback,” the Steelers found themselves with more on-the-field controversy to go with it.
After a drawn-out quarterback battle that seemed to be decided before it started, the Steelers lost presumed starter Byron Leftwich prior to Week 1.
The injury gave Dennis Dixon the job by default. With a young, inexperienced quarterback under center, a rookie center at that, the Steelers could afford little room for error.
The room for error shrinks even more in Week 2 with the key losses of nose tackle Casey Hampton and starting left tackle Max Starks.
But for everything the Steelers have lost or had taken from them early on, there are still reasons to believe they could run the table in the absence of their franchise quarterback.
Here are 10 reasons could end up 4-0 when Roethlisberger returns in Week 6 of the NFL Season…