Ben Roethlisberger: The Most Inconsistent Quarterback in The NFL

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IJune 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

When Ben Roethlisberger was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 draft, expectations were extremely high. By all means, Ben has reached the expectations 220 percent. 

Ben was drafted 11th overall, behind Eli Manning (No. 1) and Philip Rivers (No. 4). Ben has been better than both of those quarterbacks in almost ever category.

The problem with Ben Roethlisberger is his inconsistency on and off of the field. Starting back in 2004 when he first started to play, he was unstoppable and did not lose a regular-season game. When the playoffs came around, he turned into a dud. Easily, you could say the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't lose to New England, Big Ben did.

In 2005, Ben started the season off strong, until he had his knee injury. He came back after a few games, then re-injured his knee. During that time, his play was up and down like a roller coaster. When Ben's team needed him most at the end of the season, he was there winning his five final regular-season games.

During the first three games of the playoffs, he was spectacular. In the Super Bowl, he was ... um ... Tommy Maddox bad.  Even though the Steelers won, his performance is said to be one of the worst for a winning quarterback in Super Bowl history.

In 2006, Ben bought a sparkly new bike. Ben loved his bike, and his bike loved him. The problem for Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his bike was that a car didn't like them. That near tragedy in the summer of 2006 cost the Steelers the entire 2006 season. Ben played in 15 games, most of which were not very good performances.

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In 2007, Mike Tomlin took over as head coach and showed Ben the way. Ben threw for 32 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Ben was also fun to watch against the pass rush, as he was remarkable out of the pocket. The postseason came around, and Ben's four picks made the Steelers one-and-done.

Ben played behind a terrible offensive line, and that killed his statistics. The Steelers used their defense to lead them to a 12-4 record. When the Steelers reached the postseason, the offense took flight and Ben played extremely well, leading the Steelers to their second ring in two years.

The Steelers knew they were getting a championship-caliber quarterback when they drafted Ben Roethlisberger, but they didn't think it would be a roller coaster ride.

Overall, Ben has done what the Steelers have asked him of for his career. Just think, he may still be around for 10 more years (wait, I forgot, he's lucky to still be in the league with his linemen).

Hopefully, the Steelers will win more Super Bowls and we won't have to deal with anymore of Ben's up and downs.

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