Eye of the Hurricane

February 7, 2011

Superbowl XLV puts an end to the Roethlisberger myth

Filed under: NFL football — florencemachine @ 4:37 pm
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Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most overrated quarterbacks running around today.

There i said it.

He’s a very good quarterback. But I cringe everytime anyone puts him in the same echelon as your Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers and soon to be Aaron Rodgers.

His reputation is based on his supposed clutchness and late-game heroics, especially the final 88 yard drive in Superbowl XLIII which led to a touchdown and a dramatic win.

But lets examine his latest game. He threw an intercept early which was returned for a touchdown. He threw another intercept which a few plays later was thrown for another touchdown. He threatened to mount another big comeback, but his last 3 passes on the last drive were errant. He ended 25/40 with 2 TDs and 2 INTs, with a passer rating of 77.4.

But a few more breakdowns show how badly Roethlisberger really fared.

Both his touchdown passes came with Green Bay’s superstar playmaker of the secondary, Charles Woodson out of the game with a collar injury. More damning, Mendenhall and co. easily outrushed the Packers running game to the tune of 126 to 50 rushing yards, averaging 5.5 yards/carry compared to just 3.8 for the Packers. Behind such a dominant running game and offensive line and with the Packers secondary wounded (also missing Sam Shields for parts of the game), Roethlisberger’s performance cannot be described as anything but distinctly average.

It leaves Roethlisberger with a career record of 3 TDs and 5 INTs in Superbowls. Not a record anyone would be proud of.


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