Despite an outing on Sunday that was one of the best of his career, one has to wonder if it is time for the Steelers to think about giving Ben Roethlisberger a break, and sit him for at least the next two weeks. Let’s put it this way, the Steelers clearly are not on the verge of a playoff push at 2-4, and even with two wins over the Raiders on the road, and then at home vs the Broncos, they would still be .500, and then could think about bringing Ben back.
Roethlisberger is just having a very unlucky season. He had the motorcycle accident in June, then when it appeared he would be ready to go full steam ahead for the opener, he was sidelined for the first game of the year with an emergency appendectomy. In his return against the Jags, he looked off target, then it was a turnover filled game vs the Bengals that was a loss, then another poor effort in a loss to the Chargers. Ben finally looked to get on track with a big game vs the Chiefs, and it looked as if all was well in the game vs the Falcons before being slammed and knocked out.
The team was on the verge of getting a huge road win before the injury, and despite the fact that Charlie Batch led the team twice, the team was just not the same without its leader. Now the question facing Bill Cowher and the organization – start Ben and risk another injury and the end of his season. Keep him out, and with another loss vs the Raiders watch the season quickly turn down the drain. Maybe starting Batch against the Raiders is the perfect time to do so. Batch has played well in his two stints, and the Raiders are one of the worst teams in the league. If the Steelers, with or without Ben can’t beat the Raiders, thoughts of playoffs or a defense of the Super Bowl title they won in February is a total mute point anyway.
Start Batch for two weeks. It is not really going to hurt the team all that much to see Ben sit away for the game and get totally 100 percent healthy for the stretch run. If the Steelers can get back to 4-4 and get their leader back 100 pecent, then they can focus on the rest of the season and make a playoff run. Starting Ben now serves no purpose, other than risking not only this season, but the future of one of the brightest QB’s in the league.