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PostSubject: Is Ben running out of steam?   Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:42 am

I don't know the answer to this (not sure any of us do for sure) but I wanted to throw this out for discussion.

Do you guys think that Big Ben is running out of gas, emotionally, to play the game?

I suspect that might be the case. Perhaps his desire to play isn't as great as it once was?

To be clear, this is not a criticism of him. Its a hard, brutal sport and he's given a lot for the Steelers and the game, for years now. I have great respect for what he's done in the black and gold. But it takes a lot out of you - mentally, physically, emotionally.

What's your opinion guys?
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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:50 pm

Ben is a competitive guy and wants to win another Super Bowl to cement his legacy, so I have little doubt that his heart is still in it. His body, on the other hand, isn't as gung ho. Age eventually catches up to every player, and they can't physically do what they could when they were younger, and it takes them longer to recover. As the saying goes ... Father Time is undefeated. And unlike Brady, Ben's body has taken tons of abuse during his career, so we shouldn't be surprised that he hits the wall sooner.

With that said, I'm not going to jump to any conclusions based on last week's performance. I think it was just a bad game and nothing more. He's had them before. Every quarterback does. Personally, I still believe his bad performance can be attributed to rust because he didn't get much work in the preseason. He started slowly last season as well, and then turned it on. I expect we'll see the same thing this year. There will come a time when he hits the wall, physically and maybe even mentally, but I don't think he's there yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:58 pm

I think he has enough gas left in the tank to lead us to and win one more SB. Beyond that I don't think so. I look for this to be his last year. I know. I can't believe I just said that but I'm afraid it's true.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:43 pm

I don't think it's the fact he's running out of gas to play the game, I think it's more his body can't sustain the pressure it's under to perform at this level.

Unlike the jackass in cheatersville, Ben has never been protected by the officials and the league. His body has sustained some hits which went beyond the game of football (some without drawing the ire of the refs or the league). Those hits are beginning to take it's toll on him.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:22 am

@stlrtruck wrote:
I don't think it's the fact he's running out of gas to play the game, I think it's more his body can't sustain the pressure it's under to perform at this level.

Unlike the jackass in cheatersville, Ben has never been protected by the officials and the league.  His body has sustained some hits which went beyond the game of football (some without drawing the ire of the refs or the league).  Those hits are beginning to take it's toll on him.

Your absolutely right! A sideways nose against the ravens come to mind.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:15 am

@stlrtruck wrote:
I don't think it's the fact he's running out of gas to play the game, I think it's more his body can't sustain the pressure it's under to perform at this level.

Unlike the jackass in cheatersville, Ben has never been protected by the officials and the league.  His body has sustained some hits which went beyond the game of football (some without drawing the ire of the refs or the league).  Those hits are beginning to take it's toll on him.

The only QB hit as much or more than Ben is Cam Newton and that's going back the last 7 years. Before that Ben has been the most hit QB. I agree it's not lack of desire I believe his "football" health is in decline and that's why I think this honestly could be his last year.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:18 am

THIS JUST IN: Ben has 2 elbows

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000962062/article/ben-roethlisberger-elbow-questionable-vs-chiefs
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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:31 pm

He's not running out of steam. He's running out of a defense...GET THIS MAN A DAMN DEFENSE! !

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:06 am

the Steelers could save 17 million against the 2019 salary cap if cut before June 1st but will have 6.2 million in dead money. so I say this is Ben's last season with the Steelers.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:12 am

Watching Ben this past Sunday, I think he's still playing just fine. Problem is that we don't have a defense and the offense is relied upon for everything. Ben played his ass off against the Chiefs and willed us back into contention in a game that looked like it was going to be a one-sided route early on. That last rushing TD showed me that Ben still has the heart, and still competes as hard as he can. He put his body on the line, and the defense let us down, time and time again.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:03 am

@IowaSteeler927 wrote:
Watching Ben this past Sunday, I think he's still playing just fine. Problem is that we don't have a defense and the offense is relied upon for everything. Ben played his ass off in the second half against the Chiefs and willed us back into contention in a game that looked like it was going to be a one-sided route early on. That last rushing TD showed me that Ben still has the heart, and still competes as hard as he can. He put his body on the line, and the defense let us down, time and time again.

From what I saw he was off the half but yeah he did give it a valiant effort the rest of the game. That last TD dive he was channeling Elway. Someone on this defense should be calling the rest of these guys out but who? TJ? Heyward? Pretty much the only 2 making any effort right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Ben running out of steam?   Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:11 pm

Ben still has some steam left, I just get tired when Ben gets greedy in the passing game this offense needs to work the run and short passes together to set up the down field strikes Ben likes.

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