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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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Big Ben, By a Hair


Both Polamalu and Roethlisberger have extremely unique skill sets. Polamalu has the most unbelievable closing speed of any safety in the NFL, and he tackles like a linebacker when he gets where he's going. But when it comes to irreplaceable, I think Roethlisberger has the edge. Polamalu is the beneficiary of the best front seven in football - he's able to freelance in ways he'd never be able to in other, lesser defenses. He doesn't have to be "assignment-correct" on every play because everyone else is so solid.

Roethlisberger, on the other hand, does what he does despite the fact that he drops back behind one of the worst offensive lines in football. There aren't many quarterbacks who would survive holding on to the ball that long behind that line, much less make the kind of plays Big Ben does. In Super Bowl XLIII, how many times did he somehow elude Arizona defender after Arizona defender to get the ball downfield? He's the rare kind of quarterback who can tire out a defense all by himself. It's not a very safe way to live, but it makes him the most irreplaceable Steeler.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 11, 2009; 12:51 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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He had all night 95% of the time last night! Ben holds the ball and takes sacks trying to make the Barry Sanders home run theory. He was sacked once after shaking two guys(after 2+ seconds) and running back 7 more yards, eventually getting tackled from the first d player to make contact. I dont know what I dislike more...shoddy journalism or the Steelers.

Posted by: tttyler | September 11, 2009 8:48 AM

Totally agree with Tyler...even during the game one of the commentators made a point of saying that Ben apologizes for the image the O line has there, its his desire to always make a play that gets him the trouble. I'm not saying they are the best, but they aren't the worst.

Posted by: Jones518 | September 11, 2009 2:42 PM

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