Sport It's no defense of Roethlisberger's comments, but Steelers' D needed more help

20:55  07 may  2018
20:55  07 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Mason Rudolph gives Pittsburgh a reasonable plan behind Big Ben

  Mason Rudolph gives Pittsburgh a reasonable plan behind Big Ben The Steelers grabbed Mason Rudolph at a third-round price, a reasonable plan for the future once Ben Roethlisberger retires.Big Ben turned 36 in March and intends on returning for a 15th season as the Steelers starting quarterback. Rudolph is by no means a threat to take the job. But given that the Roethlisberger has missed seven starts the last three years, it's a solid backup plan to bring on a guy who totaled 13,618 passing yards with 92 TDs and 26 interceptions for the Cowboys the last three seasons. Rudolph (6-5, 230) is a similar big-bodied quarterback who can learn from Roethlisberger for a season or two – or even three.

The Steelers , along with Ben Roethlisberger who said he' s helping Vick get acclimated for the upcoming game Question: How many wins is acceptable for the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup? Vick needs to simply keep the ship afloat in Roethlisberger ' s absence.

It worked to perfection, and Roethlisberger wonders how the Patriots got away with it . Ben Roethlesberger took issue with the Patriots’ defense ’ s tactics on a crucial third-and-goal, a shift designed to draw the Steelers into a false start.

If everything had gone according to plan, Ben Roethlisberger would be delighted today, and an army of journalists would not be picking through his most recent radio interview like they’d been handed an original copy of “Macbeth."

The Steelers’ plan did not work, so those in management made the best of the situation. But the problem is they did not make the 2018 Steelers a better team.

That’s at the core of Roethlisberger’s comments last Friday to radio station 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, which plays host to his weekly radio show each fall.

Feel free to dissect Roethlisberger's snark regarding whether he intends to help mentor third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph, the quarterback from Oklahoma State. Except to the extent it’s motivated by his obvious disappointment at the Steelers' personnel moves on defense, it is inconsequential to the question at hand.

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No need to rush it . It ’ll get done throughout the year most likely. That’ s a lot of cheese to pay a guy with a team that has so many needs . Steelers are one losing season away from officially For as long as the Steelers had an elite scoring defense , Roethlisberger was a decent fit.

New, 22 comments . The contributions from QB Ben Roethlisberger have been rather mundane to date, but that doesn’t mean a little improvement in his Steelers added more talent to a team strength by picking James Washington in the 2nd round Despite their need to bolster other positions, it was

The question is whether the team’s work in free agency and now the draft has repaired a defense that rarely was exceptional in 2017, that gradually declined as the season progressed and then collapsed when star linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in week 13.

The answer: not really. The Steelers are much improved at safety, which they accomplished simply by cutting Mike Mitchell. They also signed former Packers regular Morgan Burnett and drafted Terrell Edmunds in the first round. But they still appear woefully short of talent at inside linebacker, and it’s hard to imagine the defense concocting a Super Bowl-level performance as a result.

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Replacing Shazier obviously was a priority, but the only addition at that position was journeyman Jon Bostic, who started last season for one of the league’s worst defenses (Indianapolis) and has been traded twice in his career, once for a sixth-round pick and once for a seventh.

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What Roethlisberger will need to show — to himself, as much as anybody — before can play in the Steelers ' next game Nov. 6 in Baltimore is the ability to protect himself. “Showing the ability to do that and the confidence to do it ,” Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said.

Ben Roethlisberger had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. PFT Most Commented . Ryan Leaf: Top QB should pull an Eli Manning to avoid the Browns (158). It ’ s possible that Landry Jones might give the Steelers a better chance to win at this point in time.

The Steelers had the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, and any hope they had to gain a starting-quality inside linebacker began to erode as Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch became more popular among the league’s personnel people.

The need to pick earlier to have a shot at Vander Esch or Alabama’s Rashaan Evans led the Steelers to trade wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a third-round pick, which they hoped would be enough to help them move to an earlier pick in the draft. The problem there: When Buffalo traded out of the No. 22 slot to move up and choose Wyoming QB Josh Allen, that meant the teams at No. 21 and No. 22 — the picks Pittsburgh needed to have a shot at Evans — were held by Cincinnati and Baltimore.

The Steelers chose Edmunds because they believed he was the best player available when they did make their pick. The inability to execute the trade meant they still had that third-round pick on hand. When it became apparent Rudolph might still be available when they picked, they moved up a few spots to make sure they got him.

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Listen Live. Fantasy Baseball Today. Adds and Drops, Week 6 Help . The good news is that Roethlisberger is still playing because the Steelers ' offense is stacked with play-makers in need of a franchise But here's the silver lining: It ' s unlikely that Roethlisberger ' s game suddenly fell off a cliff.

Ben Roethlisberger 'surprised' Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph. Rudolph told the media on draft night that it ' s not up to Roethlisberger to teach him anything, and that it ' s his own job to learn. "To me, there' s more important pieces that need to be taken care of besides myself," Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers thought that highly of Rudolph. But choosing him there essentially meant trading a starting-quality wideout who might be motivated to excel during a contract year in exchange for a guy who might be a replacement for Roethlisberger a few years down the road.

It might look like a wonderful trade in 2021. But this isn't 2021.

"I just don’t know how backing up or being the third guy … helps us win now,” Roethlisberger said of the Rudolph selection. “If they feel like he can help our team, so be it.”

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The Steelers addressed the vacancy they created in the Bryant trade with their second-round pick of Oklahoma State’s James Washington, but it’s unlikely any veteran quarterback is going to immediately look at a rookie and see someone equivalent to someone who caught 50 passes last season.

“When it happened, when the report came out, I was kind of bummed,” Roethlisberger said. “I liked him. I liked what he was able to do on the football field for us."

Ben Roethlisberger thinks Steelers should have passed on Mason Rudolph

  Ben Roethlisberger thinks Steelers should have passed on Mason Rudolph Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think the Steelers should have used a third-round pick on a quarterback.But Roethlisberger, 36, has been adamant he still has a few years left in the league, which would prompt many to believe the Steelers could still think about the present.

Call me Mr. Obvious, but it looks like the Steelers need Ben Roethlisberger to have a good game in order to have any chance to win. Unfortunately, the Steelers ' defense couldn't harass or pressure Drew Brees much at all on Sunday, and the result was an efficient and deadly performance that saw

The Steelers do not expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to retire this year, as he mused about doing at the The Steelers need to put a plan in place to consistently score more than 18 points in a playoff game. It ’ s funny how the shallow end of the gene pool empties out to comment about Ben.

General manager Kevin Colbert defended the team’s defense in a radio interview with The Fan, pointing out that some of the hysteria regarding the team allowing 45 points to Jacksonville in a playoff game are overblown because of several short-field situations. However, that doesn't explain the Jaguars' 164 rushing yards or the Steelers’ inability to get fourth-quarter stops when the offense was attempting to rally.

The Steelers last season were 10th in the league in rushing defense, just 13th in takeaways. They struggled to get off the field, and they got fewer short-field opportunities than contenders Jacksonville and Philadelphia. This was why Roethlisberger was frustrated to see a high 2018 draft pick spent on a quarterback.

It might have been the best pick for the future, but that doesn't mean there isn't reason to be disappointed now.

Developing Mason Rudolph isn't Ben Roethlisberger's job .
Johnny Manziel’s comeback media blitz in the early part of the spring has likely already been forgotten by many football fans, though one exchange does offer an instructive contrast to the way a major NFL story is currently playing out. In an interview with Dan Patrick in early April, Manziel lamented his perceived lack of support when he arrived in Cleveland as a rookie in 2014. “When I get to Cleveland, I have a quarterback in the room [Brian Hoyer] that’s not helping me,” Manziel said. “And it’s not really his job to, but nobody was there, helping me. And it was hard. I struggled … There was a lot of winging it, and not a lot of, you know, knowing what I was doing.

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