The Pittsburgh Steelers were projected by many to have a rough 2013 season, but no one expected the team to sit at 0-4 heading into week six. But due to multiple factors, the Steelers have come up short all season. It’s been no fault of Ben Roethlisberger‘s, as he’s basically been asked to carry this team. Big Ben certainly hasn’t had his best season, but I shutter to think how bad Pittsburgh would look without him on the field.
As much as some fans won’t want to hear it, the Steelers are one loss away from having to start thinking about next year. They will have almost a zero percent chance of making the postseason if they go 0-5. But even with their season on life support, it appears that the Steelers’ front office has already started thinking about 2014. Reports have come out stating that GM Kevin Colbert will be in attendance at Thursday night’s college football game, presumably to watch QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Colbert will be one of many team executives and scouts at the contest, but it still speaks volumes about where the Steelers are at as an organization. Big Ben is clearly their franchise QB, but the reality is that 2014 will be his 11th season as a pro. He’s had trouble staying healthy over the past few year and it’s possible that his best days are behind him. If the Steelers end up tanking this year and get in position to land a QB like Bridgewater, it’s possible that they could try to trade Roethlisberger.
This is obviously just speculation, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the above scenario is on the table. It might be way off in the corner somewhere, but it’s on the table. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes in Pittsburgh, but it’s possible that 2013 could end up being the end of an era.