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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

Big Ben's adjustment period


The Steelers will be much improved when Ben Roethlisberger comes back, but Roethlisberger will not be. At least not initially.

The team has had a revolving door with garage sale quarterbacks that keep on winning, some ugly (Atlanta) and some big (Tampa Bay). Everyone thinks that once Big Ben comes back the Steelers are going to run rough shot through the league and equal the '72 Dolphins.

Chill out homie!

What normally happens to people that hold out? They get minor but nagging injuries that cause them to sit out because they were not in football shape and didn't go to training camp. Now Roethlisberger is not holding out, he's serving a suspension where he cannot go anywhere near the team facilities. He did go to training camp, which is good but he will have had no football with his teammates for four weeks.

The Steelers are winning with their roots of power running and pulverizing defense. In recent years when the Steelers were transitioning from a power running team and handed the ball over to Ben to let him run the show, they went through a rough patch as they changed their identity. Now Ben will have a cupcake in the form of the Cleveland Browns to practice on, and I assume the team will ease him in and let the ground game do the work. Hopefully they stick to this method for a few games, but I doubt it. They're probably going to give Ben the keys in his second game back against the Dolphins and it's not going to be good.

Off the rip, Roethlisberger will not be in football shape and will not be in sync with the rest of his offense. Now if Roethlisberger had been practicing with the teams and sitting out the games, then I wouldn't be worried, but he's not he working out on his own. No matter what you do on your own it can never simulate practice or games. So Ben is going to have to get his feet wet against the Browns and Dolphins and hopefully hit his stride against the Saints. So don't be surprised if the Steelers drop two games to the Dolphins and Saints with Big Ben behind the wheel. But don't be worried, Big Ben will hit his stride and the Steelers will make a strong playoff push.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  September 28, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  | Category:  Ben Roethlisberger , NFL , Pittsburgh Steelers , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Knowing Ben's history he'll struggle for about a half. After that? Good as gold.

He missed three weeks in 2005, struggled in the first game back, played well after that and won his first ring.

Posted by: keithjfro | September 28, 2010 12:35 PM

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