It’s one factor for armchair quarterbacks to watch that Ben Roethlisberger is over the hill. It’s one other for his former teammates to say it publicly.
Ryan Clark and Ryan Shazier, who mixed to play 12 seasons with Big Ben, each didn’t mince phrases this week in saying it’s time for him to hold it up.
Ryan Shazier performed linebacker for the Steelers from 2014-2017, earlier than having to retire as a consequence of a career-ending spinal damage.
“Sometimes the game will tell you when it’s time,” Shazier stated earlier this week on “Tiki & Tierney.” “And I love Ben, but I think next year may be time for him to step away from the game.”
Roethlisberger, 39, a possible Hall-of-Famer with two Super Bowl titles, is having a season to neglect.
He ranks twenty first amongst NFL quarterbacks in QB score, twenty fourth in Total QBR and twenty sixth in yards per try this season. The Steelers are 0-2-1 previously three weeks, and are at present in final place within the AFC North at 5-5-1. Last week, they had been drubbed by the Bengals 41-10 in a wire-to-wire butt-whipping.
“Ben has been known for being those types of quarterbacks who is really tough to bring down, extend the plays, allow his team to make big plays because of how much of an athlete he was,” Shazier stated. “He knew how to change the game. And I feel he’s losing a lot of that.”
Ryan Clark, who performed defensive again for the Steelers from 2006-2013, appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” Friday morning and expressed comparable sentiments to Shazier.
“I owe my Super Bowl ring to Ben Roethlisberger With all that being said, time is up. It’s time to move on,” Clark stated. “Big Ben is hurting this team now. Big Ben is not allowing the other pieces around him to progress, to learn, to grow.”
Clark stated that if backup QBs Dwayne Haskins and Mason Rudolph don’t give the Steelers a greater likelihood to win than Roethlisberger proper now, it’s the franchise’s fault for not beginning the season with a greater quarterback room.
“Big Ben can’t take you to a Super Bowl,” Clark stated. “Big Ben can’t help this team be better. Big Ben can no longer help the people around him grow. It’s time for Big Ben to take a seat.”