“He’s never Ben better”


From Ron Musselman, Beaver County Times/Times Online:

010614newsBen Roethlisberger turns 32 in March, but he’s not slowing down. If anything, the Steelers’ two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is getting better with age.

“Looking back on it, even though we didn’t make the playoffs, Ben really had a good season,” tight end Heath Miller said.

How good?

“We’re talking an MVP-type of season,” said wide receiver Derek Moye.

Of course, Roethlisberger didn’t win team MVP honors, which instead went to record-setting receiver Antonio Brown.

Roethlisberger took every snap and started all 16 games for just the second time in his 10-year career. His 28 touchdown passes were the second-most in franchise history to his 32 in 2007 and his 4,261 passing yards were second to his 4,328 in 2009. His completions (375) and pass attempts (584) were the most in franchise history for a season.

Roethlisberger, who vehemently denied an NFL Network report in early November that he would request a trade, completed 102 of 163 passes for 1,221 yards and 10 touchdowns operating out of the no-huddle offense. He also called the plays from that formation.

“It wasn’t just me,” Roethlisberger said. “A lot of guys contributed to our success in the second half.”

Roethlisberger not only put up good numbers, he became the unquestioned leader of the offense.

“He did a great job of it this year … and not only in terms of his input, but his leadership,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

Moye noticed a big change in Roethlisberger’s leadership skills.

“In the little time I was here last year, he wasn’t a real vocal guy,” Moye said. “But when we were going through some tough times at the beginning of this season, he kind of stepped up and kept us all together.

“All through the stretch where we were playing pretty well, he kind of was the glue that helped everybody stick together.”


You can read more from Mr. Musselman’s column here.


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