I’m not much of a dancer. I mean if pressed into service I can knock out the robot and even a bit of the Carlton, but dancing isn’t my thing. So today, when Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was throwing in practice today and throwing with excellent velocity, I broke out all my best moves, because this news is huge for the Steelers and their fans.
The Steelers have been minus their Pro Bowl signal caller the past 3 weeks and things have not gone well. While they have been able to salvage a 1-2 record, losing 2 within their division has put an AFC North Title out of reach, but they are still primed to land one of the 2 wild card spots. Having Roethlisberger back for these final 4 games would really give the Steelers an edge in that department.
After practice today, Tomlin said, “I thought it was a positive day for Ben,” He then went on to say, “he threw the ball around both vertically and horizontally. I thought the ball had good velocity, particularly in a few instances.”
These words were music to my ears, because the long term future of this team falls firmly on Roethlisberger. With 4 games left on the regular season schedule, it’s almost a must that they go 2-2 and finish the year with 9 wins. My gut tells me that a healthy Roethlisberger can push this team to 3-1 and a 10 win season that would make me feel much more comfortable about that playoff position. And trust me, this Steelers team has suffered through a lot of injuries this year, and still have the top defense in the league. If this team is full strength going into the playoffs they will be a tough out for any other team.
We will all know more after practice tomorrow but at this point I am very optimistic that if Roethlisberger is able to go through a full practice and has no setbacks, he’ll be on the field this weekend, but if not, I have no doubt backup quarterback Charlie Batch will be ready to go.