While the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is arguably the best quarterback in football, the New Orleans Saints are also in the market for a new franchise quarterback. Sean Payton is searching for the next great quarterback who will lead his franchise. Roethlisberger is known for his ability to manage the game. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and may be the man the Saints are searching for.
Cameron Jordan’s comments on Ben Roethlisberger
After Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh Steelers, Cameron Jordan, a New Orleans Saints defensive lineman was asked about Ben Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame credentials. Jordan lauded Roethlisberger for being a great quarterback and escapable in the pocket. However, the reporter seemed to be surprised by Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame credentials.
Although Michael Jordan has been known to troll opposing quarterbacks before, this time he was more professional. While preparing for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Jordan was listening to a reporter question about Roethlisberger’s offense. Jordan was asked by the reporter if he would rank Roethlisberger above Rivers. Jordan replied by asking the reporter about his ranking.
The Saints defensive end also addressed Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame credentials on Twitter. Jordan responded to the reporter’s question by saying, “Ben Roethlisberger merits the Hall of Fame.” Jordan cited Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning as the top quarterbacks in Roethlisberger’s 15-year career.
Jordan’s comments on Ben Roethsberger’s Hall of Fame candidacy are a good example of why the Saints’ management wants to sweep the controversy under the rug. But Roethlisberger’s two Super Bowl rings as well as Michael Jordan’s nine rings should be celebrated for his career and not his ego. He is, afterall, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.
The Saints defensive end is not one to speak highly of quarterbacks, but he knows the quarterbacks who are making him look bad. Despite their similarities Roethlisberger has performed better than Manning this season. Roethlisberger also has an easier time aging than Manning. However, the NFL’s defense is more difficult for the quarterback, and it’s the job of the defensive end to help him.
While Roethlisberger is expected to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he has a knack for stirring controversy. The quarterback calls offensive tackles “speed bumps”. Jordan also trash talks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and sent Newton a bottle Jordan-brand wine as a birthday gift. Jordan claims to be the culprit behind the broom, but we will never know for sure.
Drew Brees’ performance against Drew Brees
Drew Brees was not pleased with the Saints’ performance. Drew Brees was able to correct the ship after five consecutive incompletions by the Saints, including two interceptions. He completed five of his last six passes for touchdowns and finished one pass shy of his career high of six against the Detroit Lions in 2009. The Saints held their opponent to two touchdowns on 19 of 27 passing and no interceptions.
The Saints did not start 0-2 this year, but the Steelers are 0-2 and have no established backup quarterback. The Saints do have a backup in Teddy Bridgewater who is 3-0 in his first NFL game. Drew Brees will be back in Week 10, after the Saints’ bye week.
Unlike Roethlisberger, Brees’ accuracy is better than Roethlisberger’s. The Saints’ quarterback has one of the highest completion rates in the NFL. Drew Brees’ completion percentage of 67.7 percent this season is his lowest in his career. Brees is not the fastest runner up, but he has improved over time.
In terms of fantasy production, the two quarterbacks are very different. Both had mediocre seasons. However, Brees was ranked sixth in NFL last season while Roethlisberger was only twenty-eighth. Brees was not the only addition to the Saints. Coby Fleener and young WR Michael Thomas were also added by the Saints. Martavis Bryant was suspended for drug violations by the Steelers.
Steelers’ young quarterbacks ready for the big time
Pittsburgh should draft a young quarterback if it wants to stay competitive in the NFL and compete for the starting job in 2018. The Steelers might want to wait until the draft in order to find the next quarterback. Jameis Winston is the most promising player in the draft, but is far from a finished product. He does have the tools to succeed in the NFL. Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes are two other young quarterbacks available on the market. Both have had success in the NFL.
Rudolph could be signed by the Steelers if Rudolph is not signed. Teddy Bridgewater could also be retained by the Steelers if Rudolph isn’t signed. The former Louisville Cardinal has shown willingness to push the ball down the field and could be retained by Denver in the postseason if they are successful. The Steelers could then tender him to Denver if they make a postseason run. But which quarterback will the Steelers draft? Hopefully, the team will go with the right candidate, one who is more likely to succeed.
Another young quarterback on the Steelers’ roster is Matt Corral. The young quarterback has shown improvement in decision-making and accuracy. He also has a strong arm. He looks like a future top ten pick. He is also the only QB to be signed through 2022. If he sticks around, he will be a top five pick. If not, the Steelers should consider signing a veteran like Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins.
After Ben Roethlisberger reaches the Hall of Fame, the Pittsburgh Steelers may look for a new franchise quarterback. The Steelers will need to make a decision at the end of 2020 about whether to keep Ben Roethlisberger, or draft a new player. The Steelers could move up to No. They could land the quarterback they want for the future if they move up to No. 20 in the draft.
Rudolph is the favorite to win the starting position, despite the fact that there are many young quarterbacks in NFL. Rudolph must earn his place in training camp and build a strong team around himself. Rudolph is a winner if the Steelers have a strong team around them. If he can develop the rest of the team, he can win the starting job.
His Hall of Fame credentials
While he may have been overlooked in the All-Pro voting this season, Ben Roethlisberger still looks like a Hall of Fame quarterback. Although he hasn’t led the NFL in touchdowns or passing yards, his career statistics and similarity with Hall of Fame quarterbacks at his position are impressive. According to a metric developed by Pro Football Reference, he ranks close to Hall of Famers at the quarterback position.
Roethlisberger’s Hall-of-Fame credentials are not only his outstanding record as a quarterback, but also his reputation as a winner. His winning percentage is fourth-best all-time, and he retired his college number before the 2007 Miami game. This is a testament to his popularity among voters. While it’s too early to say that Roethlisberger’s Hall-of-Fame credentials are secure, he has made his case.
The Steelers signed Ben Roethlisberger to an eight-year, $102 million contract. Although he reportedly wanted to retire with the team, he played in his last two games. His stellar season led the team to the Super Bowl XLIII title. Following a suspension for domestic violence, he returned to the team and broke the 20,000-yard passing mark in his ninety-second regular season.
If Big Ben can reach his goal of 40,000 career yards, he will be a Hall of Fame candidate. The NFL has produced fourteen Hall of Fame-worthy quarterbacks in history. Three of them are in the Hall of Fame while the other three are not. If Big Ben can achieve this second milestone, he would be among the top ten all-time. He could also win another Super Bowl if he can keep his dazzling form going.
Three major questions need to be answered about Roethlisberger’s Hall-of-Fame credentials. While his numbers are comparable to Matt Hasselbeck’s best years, the overall marks are concerning. The Hall of Fame does not have strict rules regarding the Hall of Fame and there is no morality clause. Voters will assess his on and off-field record and whether it is a good fit for the Hall.
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