The Pittsburgh Steelers are beginning to look toward the future, something they haven’t done since they drafted Ben Roethlisberger out of Miami, OH ten seasons ago.
Apparently Ben has been more engaged and more preparatory recently, but his ‘keep-the-play-alive’ mentality is beginning to catch up to him as his career continues to advance into the later stages. He’s not quite as fast on his feet and he’s not quite as elusive as he used to be in general and it’s a concern for the Steelers.
NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access Kickoff” on Thursday that the “biggest obstacle” to Roethlisberger staying in Pittsburgh long-term is the quarterback’s unwillingness to change his playing style as he enters the back-nine of his playing career. — NFL.com
Simply, he needs to start becoming a better quarterback if the Steelers are to commit to him to finish out his career. That would include improving anything that will help him get rid of the ball faster and not take so many hits, like pre-snap reads and better anticipation.
There are two years left on the current eight year contract that netted him $102 million and unless he gives them another opportunity to win a Super Bowl it’s probably worth it to look towards the 2014 NFL Draft for the future of the organization. The draft is loaded with quarterbacks.