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Ben Roethlisberger is getting destroyed. Pieces of his body are being left on Heinz Field and NFL stadiums around America. Ben has always taken some battering but he is getting jacked up on every play.
Somehow his confidence doesn't seem to be shaking and that's one of the only positive things to be taken from the Steelers current situation. His receivers are dropping balls, his offensive line is getting ripped through like paper mache and his offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is trying to get him killed.
Despite the offensive line being horrifically bad, the Steelers offensive woes are not all their fault. Bruce Arians, for whatever reason, refuses to leave a back and/or a tight end back to help the offensive line protect Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben is already looking at wearing a boot and has had scary hits on his knee twice. This does not bode well for him.
Mike Tomlin and Bruce Arians have taken for granted that they have a quarterback who is able to take hits like that and still make plays. Joe Flacco or Matt Schaub would be dead with the kind of protection Ben is getting.