There's something wrong with Ben
I told myself this year that I would resist writing about football, but what the hell. Pittsburgh Steelers fans this morning are bound to be concerned about the future of the team after last night’s costly win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Let’s face it, the Steelers’ offense sucks. Monday night’s third-quarter, back-from-the-dead touchdown drive wouldn’t have been enough had the defense not scored a follow-up TD on the next play.
Beyond an injury report that eliminates the entire running game, there’s something wrong with Ben Roethlisberger. He’s played behind a lousy offensive line for a few years now and gets sacked routinely. As a result he looks mentally confused and physically awkward—even scared.
One thing I noticed about Monday’s boo-worthy first-half performance was that when Ben was on the sideline, he just stood there, ball cap on backwards, staring into space. What he wasn’t doing was reviewing coverages with the offensive coordinator and planning the next drive. In other words, his head wasn’t in the game, and it most certainly showed.
I’m sorry, but that’s not what a pro quarterback does when his offense is struggling—especially when he knows his defense will keep his team in the game. Even in last week’s trouncing by the Eagles, the defense gave the Steelers a chance to win.
Maybe it’s the $100 million contract. Maybe that motorcycle accident did more damage than we know. Maybe he’s just tired of being a punching bag for every defensive in the league. I don’t know what it is, but if he doesn’t start leading this team again, Mike Tomlin is going to have to think about Byron Leftwich. Perhaps getting benched for the first time in his career will get Ben's attention and compel him to wear his sideline cap grown-up style.
Let me end today’s post by turning to the news headlines, literally. Sometimes the day’s headlines line up in a way that underscores the absurdity of existence. Here are some that caught my eye on the day following the stock-market crash.
Stampede in India Kills at Least 100 Pilgrims
Somali Pirates Tell All: They’re in It for the Money
McCain blames Democrats for bailout failure
Depression risk high for heart patients
Phoenix sees snow above Mars, but it's not sticking
Ms. Jackson -- Feelin' Nasty