The way that NFL fans talk about Ben Roethlisberger, you’d think that the guy was the best quarterback in the AFC not named Peyton Manning! Every single time that Roethlisberger’s name comes up in conversation, stories of “Big Ben’s” toughness and grit are immediately brought up. Oddly enough, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ signal-caller has missed eight games in the last three years, which is funny because the often ridiculed Jay Cutler has missed exactly eight games in the last three years as well.
Moreover, someone with the nickname Big Ben surely should be on the field more than the apparently fragile Cutler…right? I smell a double standard.
Cutler is usually proclaimed as the most overrated quarterback in the league, so I’m using him as a measuring stick to Roethlisberger for the time being — bare with me. Chicago Bears‘ fans and Cutler haters will tell you that he does all of the following: throws too many interceptions, takes too many sacks, has a poor attitude, and so on. However, those who take a deeper look into the statistics would know that Roethlisberger fits the overrated quarterback mold to a tee.
Big Ben has thrown 27 interceptions in the last four seasons, which to be honest isn’t half bad. However, No. 7 has taken 152 sacks in the last four seasons combined, which is actually 10 sacks more than Cutler has taken.
On top of that, Roethlisberger’s supporting cast has been phenomenal in recent seasons with at least one All-Pro offensive lineman in each of the last three years! It’s time to stop defending the Steelers’ quarterback with pointless narratives of Big Ben being incredibly gutsy because that’s not the case.