The debate to end all debates: Eli Manning, Big Ben, Philip Rivers….. who is the best?
By Louis Gorini
Aug 14, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls out a play during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
REGULAR SEASON STATS
THE CASE FOR BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Never has a quarterback exemplified the city they play for more than Ben Roethlisberger. The city of Pittsburgh is a gritty, blue collar, tough as nails town. God himself couldn’t have created a more perfect quarterback to represent the fan base of the Steel City. In his first year, Big Ben set the record for best start by a rookie quarterback by going 13-0 in the regular season while winning the 2004 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. The next year he followed up those accolades by defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. With the victory, Roethlisberger, at age 23, became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Three years later, the Steelers and Big Ben found themselves back playing for the Lombardi Trophy against the Arizona Cardinals. Once again Roethlisberger lead his team to a dramatic come from behind victory. Roethlisberger is no stranger with game winning drives, as he accumulated 37 in his career. And in 12 years, Ben Roethlisberger has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to 113 regular season wins along with 3 Super Bowl appearances, going 2-1 in those games. The 4 time Pro Bowler has finished 9 seasons in the top 10 in both QB passer rating and passing completion percentage. When he is on the field, Ben is superb.
HOW HE COMPARES AGAINST THE OTHERS
- 4 TIME PRO BOWLER
- 2004 NFL AP OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- SUPER BOWLER: 3 Super Bowl appearance, most among the three
- CLUTCH: 37 regular season game winning drives, most among the three
- WINNER: Highest regular season winning percentage, and most regular season wins among the three
THE CASE AGAINST BEN ROETHLISBERGER
As stated before, when Ben Roethlisberger is on the field he is superb. Big Ben is a mobile quarterback that does a fantastic job extending the play to make an impactful event in a game. However, when most see his ability to extend a play as a strength; it is actually his biggest flaw. Time in and time out Roethlisberger has become injured because he was trying to do too much. In
Sep 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is carted off the field after a knee injury during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Steelers defeated the Rams 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
fact, the Steelers quarterback has only played a full 16 game season 3 times in his whole 12 year career! No one will question Big Ben’s toughness, but the label injury prone has definitely been tossed around when discussing the quarterbacks’ career. Speaking of his legacy, Roethlisberger has never truly shined in the big game. Unlike Eli Manning, Roethlisberger doesn’t have a Super Bowl MVP under his belt. Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, Big Ben had one of the worst passing games of his career where he completed just 9 out 21 passes for 123 yards and 2 interceptions. His passer rating of 22.6 was the lowest in Super Bowl history by a winning quarterback. The Steelers defense were able to create 3 sacks and 1 interception to hold the Seahawks to 10 points. He played significantly better in the next 2 Super Bowls but still failed to be the MVP for his team; going 1-1 in those contest. When looking at his playoff numbers, Roethlisberger’s performance seems to dip significantly. His passer rating is almost 10% lower than his regular season rating and his interception rate is about 1% higher in the postseason.
HOW HE COMPARES AGAINST THE OTHERS
- INJURY PRONE: Has only played a full 16 game season 3 times in his career
- WORST SUPER BOWL QUARTERBACK PERFORMANCE: 22.6 passer rating is the lowest QB rating in Super Bowl history by a winning quarterback
- POSTSEASON DROP OFF: Passer rating is almost 10% lower in playoffs than the regular season and his interception rate is about 1 % higher to