2010 Proves Ben Roethlisberger Is League's Most Over-Rated Quarterback

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 11, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rolls out to pass against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Let me just say first that Ben Roethlisberger is a monster, a true player and maybe even an elite quarterback.

It doesn't matter how you get the job done, just as long as you actually get it done.  His tactics of not putting in the effort until the fourth quarterback may be non-traditional, but it works.

Heck, it may even be pretty smart.  Why waste 45 minutes of effort just to come up short in the end, while you could just exhaust the defense out and then perform when they're the most tired?

I may have my disagreements with how he behaves off the field, but that doesn't take away from him what kind of quarterback he is.

My problem with him however, is just how over-rated he is.

One day I was searching through Yahoo!, and glancing through the headlines like I usually do, and sure enough, there it was.

"Quarterback not given same praise as Manning or Brady." And guess who was on the cover?  Sure enough, Big Ben.

Wanting to rip my hair out, I decided to see if this article brought anything new to the table and actually presented something that other similar articles have not yet brought. But it came up empty, and it simply talked about his rings.

Then I pulled my hair out.

When it comes to Ben Roethlisberger, what exactly about this guy shines so much that he has to be mentioned among the all-time greats?

Tom Brady has two MVP trophy's, and two of the best single season quarterback performances in National Football League history, with 50-8 TD-INT ratio in 2007, and 36-4 TD-INT ratio in 2010.  He has led the New England Patriots to the NFL record for most consecutive regular season wins and the record for longest consecutive regular season home wins, and still counting.

The guy that surpassed in regular season consecutive wins?  That's right, Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning has four, count e'm, four MVP trophy's!  He is regarded as one of the best play callers and defense readers in NFL history!  Though Manning may not approach the numbers held by Brett Favre because of the longevity of their respective careers, Manning is on course to break all of Favre's records (except maybe that INT one).

Now, can we honestly say that Big Ben is anything close to this type player?  Is he ever going throw for 50 TD's and only eight interceptions?  Is he even ever going to win an MVP trophy?

I know that what we say is that all that matters is the Championships, and there's no doubt there's some truth to that.  But I'm talking about his individual performance here.

Ben Roethlisberger has had the luxury of working with arguably the best defense in the league, and it has been the best for the past few decades.

Brady, and to a certain extent Manning, haven't had the kind of supporting cast (specifically a defense) that Big Ben has enjoyed working with.  And I would start off by saying Big Ben hasn't been able to win very many games without one key player by the name of Troy Palumalu.

People, let's get our heads on straight here.  If Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady were to switch teams, would Ben Roethlisberger have two rings?  Better example, if Big Ben and Philip Rivers were to switch teams, would Ben Roethlisberger still have two rings?

A lot of bad players have won a Super Bowl, most notably a guy by the name of Trent Dilfer.

It's time for people to stop acting like this guy deserves to be mentioned among the class of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.  Can you put him in the category of top 20 quarterbacks to have ever played?

Possibly.  But as of now, we should all acknowledge that Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most over-rated quarterbacks, if not the most over-rated quarterback in the league.


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