Archive for Big Ben

Is Bradford headed to Pittsburgh?

Posted in Steelers with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by Jorge

Probably…

Is it really that far fetched? Far more shocking things have taken place during drafts… remember the 13 picks Mike Ditka gave away for Ricky Williams in 1999??  How about 2004, when Manning was traded from San Diego to NY in exchange for Phillips… that seemed to work out for everyone.  How about 2001 when San Diego traded down from their 1st overall ( Atlanta picked Michael Vick) to pick up Ladamian Tomlinson and Drew Brees in the same draft? On draft day, anything could happen.

Having said that, what is the going price for a Two-Time Superbowl Champion?  Specially one under 30, soon to hit his playing prime?  Is the Number One overall selection good enough?

It’s been reported by the Post-Gazette that the Steelers are not “actively” pursuing a trade for their championship caliber QB; however, they would not be adverse to dealing their QB if the right situation would present itself.  The Post-Gazette also reported that Sam Bradford had made a strong impression on the Steelers coaches and front office. But I wonder, what do they mean by ‘the right situation”? what would that look like?  hear me out.

The Steelers just acquired Byron Leftwich, Big Ben’s 2008 backup via a trade with the Buccaneers.  It makes sense, he knows the offense and he’s performed well for them on relieve duty.  They also have a young QB in Dennis Dixon, who showed flashes of play-making ability last season when he started for an injured Roethlisberger.  In addition to these two, Charlie Batch was re-signed a few weeks back.  They have enough experience there, if we need someone to start right away, right?

Well, that got me thinking… see, they already have 11 picks in this year’s draft (which many believe is the deepest draft in the past decade) Is it possible their young backup QB, Dennis Dixon, could demand a 4th and 6th pick on the trading block?  Let’s say he does and they make the trade,  that would give them 13 picks in this  year’s draft. Will the Rams take Roethlisberger, the 18th Overall and perhaps a 5th round for their Number One overall and maybe a 3rd or 4th round pick?

It would make a lot of sense for the Rams,if you ask me.  First of all, this is  a franchise that’s looking to give their fans something to cheer for.  A team that’s going through an ownership change that wants to give their fan base a winner, let alone sell some season tickets.  They will have their QB of the future and they still would have a first round selection which they can use to help their D-line.  Perhaps a Jared Odrick from Penn State or Dan Williams from Tennessee, there will be options at number 18.

If Dez Bryant falls out of the first round and falls to them with the first pick of the second round….. forget the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS! the Rams are going to the playoffs!!!  Think about it, they still have Steven Jackson, who’s run over 1,200 yards the past three seasons despite an inept Offensive Line and no passing attack.  Their Defense should be better under Spagnoulou’s watch on his second season.  Draft a DT to anchor their D-Line, add a Osi Umenyiora via trade ( maybe a 4th or 5th round pick)  and you got yourself the an NFC West contender.

I am not saying, I am just saying… it could happen.  I sure would like to see Sam in Black and Gold.  I wonder though, will he have any Satan t-shirts in his closet?  I don’t think so, he’s too good.

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Take the Quiz: Who Will Win the Most Championships?

Posted in Steelers with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Jorge

Big Ben… The next Joe Montana?

Posted in Steelers with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2010 by Jorge

I know what you are thinking: “here we go again, another Steelers Fan going off the reservation”.  But hear me out, the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.  For all of your 49ers fans that would think  comparing the Great Joe to another human being is sacrilegious, relax… Big Ben can potentially be much better.  Numbers don’t lie my friends, that’ why I am in sales.

Joe Montana played from ’79 through ’94 and won four Super Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV).  He holds every conceivable playoff record and he’s 4-0 in Super Bowl appearances ( Brett Favre recently surpassed him on yardage and TD’s but he doesn’t have four rings to show for it).   He’s also the only QB to never thrown an interception in any of his Super Bowl appearances.  He’s arguably the best QB to ever played the game.  He’s best known as the “comeback kid” due to his unshakable demeanor when the game was on the line, with 31 come-from-behind wins. Impressive

Impressive indeed, and at 27, Big Ben leads all QB’s in the NFL with 15 come-from-behind wins.  2010 will be his sixth year in the league; therefore,at this rate, if he were to play 15 seasons as Joe Montana did, he will shatter Montana’s come-from-behind numbers.  He’s also undefeated in his two Super Bowl appearances.  As Montana, Big Ben won two Super Bowls in a four-year span. Ben Roethlisberger has arguably a better Defense to rely on than Montana did during his Super Bowl years so it is conceivable that Big Ben has a real shot at becoming the best QB to ever play the game….

Now, this is where reality hits.  The game has evolved, from the rules to the players.  They are bigger, stronger, and smarter than they were years ago.  Competition is fierce and in today’s NFL, we have more talented QB’s than we did in the 80’s.  Joe Montana didn’t really have a QB he could measure himself up with, his teams dominated the 80’s. Big Ben on the other hand, has Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers ( every one of them, except the latter, has won at least one championship in the last decade ) and let’s be honest, if you don’t have an elite QB, you are not winning the championship.

Given Big Ben’s success at such an early stage in his career can have many thinking, he’s well on his way to be … The Greatest Quarterback to ever lived.  However, one man can not do it all (ask Peyton Manning)  it’s a team sport and you win and lose as a team.  Big Ben broke a lot of Steelers’ records , in passing, completion percentage, yards per game, just to name a few, yet we didn’t even make the playoffs, thanks to a five game losing streak that stretched from November into December, mostly due to the defense’s inability to find a way to compensate for the loss of key players Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu…

All I am saying is that there is a chance, a chance that in 2004 the Steelers might have drafted the next Joe Montana… or better yet… the ONLY Big Ben.   Bring on 2010, HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!