Ben Roethlisberger set an NFL record when he threw six touchdowns in back-to-back games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who looked like they were going to steamroll an oddly competitive AFC North.
Needs to Improve
That form last for all of two games and lately Big Ben's been closer to an average QB than the record-setter he was just a month ago.
The Steelers have been struggling too, and head coach Mike Tomlin knows the team’s recent struggles aren’t all on Big Ben, but he still wants better play from Pittsburgh’s most important player.
“He hasn’t been as accurate as he had been,” Steelers coach Tomlin said according to ESPN. “
Some of it is due to pressure created in the pocket. Some it is due to game circumstances. Some we are lacking a little cohesion. [Roethlisberger] could play better. We all could play better. We’re looking forward to doing it this week.”
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So why is Ben struggling? It could have at least partly stemmed from a hand injury he suffered, but never had examined in the team’s home loss to the Saints. The smallest things can put a QB off his stride, so something like a hand injury could definitely do that.
Well, Tomlin doesn't think it does. He has looked to shed the blame onto Roethlisberger's offensive line instead.
“When you’re looking at accuracy or inaccuracy obviously mechanics are the first place that you look,” Tomlin said. “But sometimes outside forces can affect mechanics. There were certain instances, particularly at early stages of the game on Sunday, where he was high on some throws, he couldn’t step into the throw, the pocket was collapsing on him a little bit and it didn’t allow him to have the proper throwing mechanics.”