Ben Roethlisberger Career Stats
OK, New York Giants fans. Let's stir the pot a little on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Let's talk about Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
We all know that the two quarterbacks are forever linked, along with San Diego's Philip Rivers, due to the circumstances that put each on their respective teams in the 2004 draft. Eli with the Giants, Big Ben with with the Steelers and Rivers with San Diego. Comparing the three is something I think people will still be doing long after they are each done playing.
For today, let's focus on Manning and Roethlisberger. How do you feel about the two quarterbacks today, after watching Roethlisberger throw two crucial interceptions Sunday and fail to engineer anything resembling a game-winning drive in Pittsburgh's last possession?
Basically, the question is this. If you were Ernie Accorsi and you had a do-over of the 2004 NFL Draft TODAY would you engineer the trade for Eli, or would you have just stayed at No. 4 overall and taken Roethlisberger?
I don't believe this question - including Rivers place in the conversation - can be fully evaluated until the careers of all three players are complete. In reality, we are pretty much at the halfway point for each guy. That said, what would do TODAY?
I will answer first. Knowing what I know now, I am making the deal and sticking with Manning. Rivers doesn't factor into it when you think back because the Giants did not want him. Had they not traded for Eli, Roethlisberger would have been a Giant. They would have taken Big Ben over Rivers.
Why would I stick with Eli? Lots of reasons. First, let's debunk Roethlisberger's mythical greatness in the Super Bowl. Yes, he has two rings in three appearances, and yes he was terrific in 2008 against Arizona. Have you checked his overall Super Bowl numbers, though? After Sunday's 25-of-40 performance with two touchdowns and two interceptions, Big Ben has thrown five Super Bowl interceptions and just three touchdown passes. Hardly numbers that are historic. Also, did you notice that Roethlisberger could not even seem to get the Steelers lined up properly during their final possession of the game? Maybe that isn't completely his fault, but it sure didn't look like a team that was ready to do something historic.
Roethlisberger is getting panned today.
In three Super Bowls, Roethlisberger has thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions. If the Steelers won, people would compare him to Brady, having three rings and all, but know this: in four Super Bowls, Brady has completed 100 of 155 passes for 1, 001 yards and seven touchdowns against just one interception.
Roethlisberger is not a big-game quarterback, his defense and running games have bailed him out in the playoffs time and time again - which is a testament to how good the Steelers running game and defense has been in a league that is now dominated by passing.
If he took the Steelers 87 yards in 1:59 with one timeout to win Super Bowl XLV, he could punch his ticket to the Hall of Fame.
That’s automatically where quarterbacks with three rings go five years after their careers end.
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