Ben Roethlisberger Injury: QB Won't Finish Season Behind Steelers' Weak O-Line

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers winces in pain after being sacked by outside linebacker Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans> at Reliant Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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While all of the Super Bowl titles are great, the Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the NFL under center, and the only trait he holds that’s admirable is his toughness.

There hasn’t been a game in the longest time where Big Ben’s decisions on the field have gone over smooth for the team, and it has been the defense and the running game that has kept the Steelers relevant during his reign.

What Roethlisberger is to the Steelers is a man who can keep the ship heading the right direction for the most part, but he can’t get the ship to move without everyone else doing all of the work.

Now that Pittsburgh has little to no offensive line, the lack of talent that Roethlisberger has will be exposed every week that the Steelers face a team with even a mediocre pass rush.

Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his availability in next week’s game against the Tennessee Titans after getting destroyed by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt:

If I can be out there, I'm going to be out there. If I have to cast it up—we saw I had to do that last year—I cast up my foot for the last half of the year. If we have to do it, I'll do it.

I don’t know how much the injured ankle really hampered the tough quarterback, but it’s funny to see how similar Roethlisberger’s line is when he is hurt to the line when he is 100 percent.

In the loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Roethlisberger was 16-of-30 on his passing attempts for just 206 total yards and an interception.

That’s funny because those numbers are very similar to those he puts up on a regular basis with the Steelers, but the running game or defense usually picks him up.

With the defense as slow as I have ever seen it and a run game that can’t do anything behind the makeshift offensive line they have in Pittsburgh, the job of winning the game rests on the shoulders of Big Ben, and he can’t handle it.

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