Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recasting Big Ben?

-- Apologies for the absence this weekend, but time has been sparse. And the question that I return with is this: Do the Steelers need to draft a QB? This of course relates to the possible suspension of Ben Roethlisberger for his breach of the NFL's personal conduct policy. The suggestion that the Steelers might draft a QB is a hint that maybe someone in the Steelers building has told the press that Big Ben is potentially going to be given the Big Boot by Pittsburgh. I don't think they should, but then the Steelers are not an organisation that's very tolerant of bad behaviour (a policy that has served them superbly in the long term). So who would they draft? Well the Steelers already have Dennis Dixon who I thought did well when he stepped in briefly last season, and with the Steelers being the Steelers, they'll be after a player who is going to sit and watch for a year or two while he's groomed into the Steeler methodology. That could include any number of QB's in the draft, but it likely points to a second or third round pick. It's certainly a possibility that they could use their first round pick on a great character guy like Tebow, but it's highly unlikely. By the time they pick again, in all likely hood, he'll be gone. So who's a more realistic prospect? I think Tony Pike isn't a bad shout in the third round, or one of my personal favourites, Armanti Edwards. Both guys could be brought in to have a nice sit down on the bench for a year or two while they learn what it means to be a Steeler and observe the offense in action. Only two more days till we find out. I'm pretty damn excited now. Have a great day everyone.

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