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    Healthy Roethlisberger Poised to Break Career Numbers
    by Tim Scribe

    Will Ben Roethlisberger pass Terry Bradshaw's record for most yards in a season by a Steeler in 2009?

    Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger is on pace to break personal and team best records this season for the Steelers. While having an amazingly successful career so far after a mere five seasons, the Steelers QB has often been hampered and his abilities have never been fully exploited.

    In his first two seasons, Ben was saddled with the responsibility of being young and managing games. He averaged a mere 282 attempts per season in his first two campaigns. He was also held back by playing for a predominantly run-oriented offense. In his first two seasons, the Steelers passed a mere 38 percent of the time, as compared to rushing on 62 percent of all plays.

    Roethlisberger has also had the challenge of playing through injuries for a majority of the past four years. He suffered several injuries in the 2005 campaign, including knee surgery during the season. After winning his first Super Bowl, he suffered the motorcycle accident then emergency appendectomy. That year (2006) Ben threw 18 TDs and 23 INTs and had his career low for a single season passer rating—75.4.

    His healthiest season was 2007. During that season, Ben threw for 32 TDs and 3100+ yards, finishing with a 104.1 passer rating. Considering this was all done on a mere 404 attempts speaks to how efficient he was with each pass. Big Ben was 16th in the league in attempts, yet finished 3rd in the league in TDs thrown and 2nd in Passer Rating for the year.

    Last year, the injury bug bit Roethlisberger again. He played the majority of the season with a separated shoulder on his throwing arm that never fully healed. He suffered a spinal cord concussion and had to be taken off the field, and finally, he played the Super Bowl with cracked ribs. While not his most efficient statistical season, Ben was clutch when needed most.

    Fast forward to 2009—a season that appears to be the Perfect Storm for Big Ben. He's healthy. As he's shown in the past, when he's healthy, he's clearly to be feared. His offensive supporting cast has improved. The running game is improved from 2008, as is the offensive line. The wide outs are improved. Hines Ward is on track for his best season in his career and appears fully healthy. Heath Miller is also on target to break his personal career bests—by nearly double statistically. Mike Wallace has proven he's worthy of big time recognition with his blazing speed and reliability. And finally, Santonio Holmes (the Super Bowl MVP) rounds out the group. These facts alone put Ben in position to shatter some records.

    But probably most importantly is the balance in the Steelers offense. What used to be a run first system is now clearly pass first. So far this season, the Steelers have passed the ball 57 percent of the time. This is up from 52 percent in 2008 and 46 percent in 2007.

    Naysayers have long said that Ben couldn't handle the additional load of throwing the ball 30 times a game and that the team couldn't ride his arm to victory.

    He's proving them wrong. Ben is averaging 34 attempts a game this season, a career high. His completion percentage leads the league—73.8 percent. He's averaging 294 yards per game passing, 1.6 TDs per game, and 1 interception per game. That puts Ben on track for 550 attempts, 406 completions, 4,704 yards, 26 TDs and 16 INTs.

    If these were to end up being Ben's season ending stats, he would break the following Steelers team records:

    •Single Season Pass Attempts—Tommy Maddox, 2003, 519 attempts

    •Single Season Completion Record—Tommy Maddox, 2003, 298 completions

    •Single Season Yardage Record—Terry Bradshaw, 1979, 3,724 yards
    In fact, he would shatter the completions and yardage records.

    Currently the Steelers as a team are ranked 6th in overall yardage, 3rd in passing yards, 15th in rushing yards (up from 23rd last year) and 10th in points. Unarguably, the offense is far more prolific this season than in years past.

    As long as Ben remains healthy, and Bruce Arians and Mike Tomlin let Ben lead the team with his arm, 2009 could be a banner, Pro-Bowl season. It could be one for the record books.

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    I guess Andrea McNulty wasn't as much a distraction as some suggested.

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    I guess Andrea McNulty wasn't as much a distraction as some suggested.
    Speaking of which...I gave it some thought the other night...I wonder how often...if at all...Ben gets any word or updates from his lawyers on the case...or if he or they have said..just go play and don't think about it.

    It has to be a ***** not to think about it....unless...and like I believe...he has absolutely no fear that the whole thing is a bunch of bull**** and the truth will come out and he is innocent. Like you say...his play seems to say that.

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    What's it going on now? Just the civil case right?

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    What's it going on now? Just the civil case right?
    There was never a criminal case.

    McNulty's lawyers offered to settle if Ben apologized and donated something like $300k to some womans abuse charity and it was rejected

    Last thing I heard was that the other Harrahs employees who are named in the suit filed a motion to dismiss claims against them and it was denied.

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    It is staggering to think that Ben is on pace to throw for 4,700 yards. Add to it the 26 td's and a 72% completion rate, and that would be a season I never would have even dreamed of for a Steelers QB. Ben is a weapon that can't be wasted and he sure isn't. So much for being a game manager.
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    I'll be shocked if Ben throws for 4700 yards or more, but even if he sniffs 4,000 is remarkable in itself. That's a lot of ****ing passing yards. I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks his personal passing yards mark this year. I'm not so sure about him breaking his TS passes record from 2007. 32 TD's is a lot
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    I'll be shocked if Ben throws for 4700 yards or more, but even if he sniffs 4,000 is remarkable in itself. That's a lot of ****ing passing yards. I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks his personal passing yards mark this year. I'm not so sure about him breaking his TS passes record from 2007. 32 TD's is a lot
    I dunno. The way the season is goin' and the D is going we're going to need him to be BIG for us. I think he could come close to 4000 yards and 30+ TDs again. Hell he'd actually be on pace for 30 TDs if our receivers caught the balls he's thrown them (Holmes+Sweed+Wallace). I just hope we add a running game so that Ben has the ability to stay healthy and continue to be an elite QB in this league.
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    I think Ben can hit 4k and 32 tds. That'd be nice but I'm more interested in him hitting 3 after this year.

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    I think Ben can hit 4k and 32 tds. That'd be nice but I'm more interested in him hitting 3 after this year.
    Agreed.... But I also want to see the INTs reduce, and less sacks....
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    Think of all of the plays the WR's have left on the field so far... Several drops and at least 4 TD's (Sweed in Cincy, Wallace stepped OB in Cincy, Wallace in Det, and Holmes in Chi)!

    It's good to think that once our WR corp gets into "mid-season" form, there is nothing stopping Ben from hitting these benchmarks! (Except the obvious, that I do not want to mention)

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    Think of all of the plays the WR's have left on the field so far... Several drops and at least 4 TD's (Sweed in Cincy, Wallace stepped OB in Cincy, Wallace in Det, and Holmes in Chi)!

    It's good to think that once our WR corp gets into "mid-season" form, there is nothing stopping Ben from hitting these benchmarks! (Except the obvious, that I do not want to mention)
    Here Here!.... Cheers!..... I agree....

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    I think he will get crazy number this year unless he sits out a couple games. I honestly think the O is still warming up right now. Plus I think they are going to be forced to play balls out because I don't think D is going to be shutting many teams down this year. We shall see.

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    Agreed.... But I also want to see the INTs reduce, and less sacks....
    Gotta reiterate the point that stats are nice but I don't put too much value on stats. They don't impress me. Rings do.

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    Gotta reiterate the point that stats are nice but I don't put too much value on stats. They don't impress me. Rings do.
    Why bother even watching the regular season then?

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