Having just written an article that's already sparked nearly 40 posts and over 1,500 reads—most of them telling me that I'm not a Steelers fan, that I don't know what I'm talking about, that I hate life, and that Tim Tebow is the devil, I thought I'd throw out the other side of the argument.
First of all, Ben Roethlisberger continues to irritate the crap out of me. Yes, there are the dumb mistakes off the field (the motorbike crash was one of them, and we don't yet know what's going to happen in the Georgia "incident"), but I could deal with them.
I know that Ben Roethlisberger hasn't been charged of doing anything, and I hope that nothing happens to him. But if he is charged and is found guilty, then the Pittsburgh Steelers have a problem. But, as many of you say, that's a big "if."
Anyway, going back to sports, from what I saw of Ben Roethlisberger this year (which, living in England was admittedly not as much as someone either owning DirectTV, spending their Sundays in a sports bar, or living in the states where Steelers games are shown), the delivery wasn't the problem. He irritated the hell out of me.
Maybe I'm cursed whenever I watch Roethlisberger play, but when defenses got through the offensive line (which was roundly criticised by some of the posters who wanted to talk football rather than accuse me of something a little above murdering babies), Big Ben seemed to panic. There were opportunites to get rid of the ball, and he didn't do it. It was incredibly frustrating—and something that he did for the weeks I saw him.
Then I'm reminded of the facts. He's the second most successful quarterback in this decade, winning two Super Bowls. Let's forget the first Super Bowl outing in Detroit—he was masterful in the last drive to win the prize in Tampa Bay. This year, he put up over 4,000 yards of passing and had a 100.5 rating. That's brilliant. He rushed for 84 yards this year—that wasn't.
Although I'm going to ignore the people that hate Tebow because of something other than the football field (read the posts—you'll be stunned what you read, peeps), I'll say this—you can't argue that he wasn't an incredible quarterback in college. He's a battler. He'll be a good rusher—people have mentioned him as a fullback or tight end. He's also a winner—look at his record in the most competitive conference in the country. But people are right, his throwing action needs a little work. In fact, it probably needs a whole lot of work.
But I still believe that as a project, Tebow can still work in the Pittsburgh Steelers organisation. I don't think he'll be the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, even though I'm not exactly crying my eyes out with joy at the prospects of Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon if Ben Roethlisberger gets into trouble with the NFL or PD.
Let's hope it doesn't happen.