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Ron Jaworski Ranks Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Seventh On His 2013 Big Board


ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is once again ranking the quarterbacks in the league right before the start of training camps opening and on Tuesday, he profiled Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who he has ranked seventh overall this year on his big board.

“Roethlisberger is the most unconventional quarterback in the league,” said Jaworski about the quarterback he had ranked sixth overall last year. “His ability to play outside of structure with what always seems like a random and arbitrary feel, continually amazes me.”

Despite dropping him one spot down in his rankings this year, Jaworski still thinks Roethlisberger is elite.

“I still believe is an elite quarterback because he\’s equally capable of beating from the pocket,” he said. “Improvisation without pocket efficiency does not produce consistency in the NFL. That\’s just the way it is. I would best describe Roethlisberger as more of a finesse passer who can drive the ball when it\’s absolutely necessary, as opposed to having a gun. But make no mistake, Roethlisberger can make every single throw.”

Throughout his evaluations this year, Jaworski has said that he puts a premium on quarterbacks being able to play within the pocket. On Tuesday, he said that winning also figures into his rankings as well.

“I have always placed a premium on winning in my evaluation of quarterbacks,” said Jaworski. “Ben Roethlisberger has won 69 percent of his NFL starts including the playoffs. Few would argue that he was not the decisive player in a large majority of those wins.”

With Roethlisberger now ranked seventh that means Jaworski will have Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in his top six this year. Jaworski likes quarterbacks with strong arms and last July, he said Flacco has the strongest arm in the league.

While Flacco might indeed have the strongest arm in the league, his 59.7% completion ratio in 2012 ranked him 18th overall when stacked against quarterbacks who attempted 300 or more passes last season. Roethlisberger, on the other hand, ranked 9th overall in that category. In addition, Flacco also ranked behind Roethlisberger in not only yards per attempt, but adjustment net yards per attempt as well.

Yes, Flacco did win a championship last season, and he put up some great numbers during the playoffs, but I wonder if Jaworski would have still ranked him ahead of Roethlisberger had the Ravens lost in the Super Bowl or in the divisional round against the Denver Broncos.

Below are Jaworski\’s quarterback rankings so far this offseason.

Rank QB
7 Ben Roethlisberger
8 Eli Manning
9 Matt Schaub
10 Andrew Luck
11 Colin Kaepernick
12 Russell Wilson
13 Robert Griffin III
14 Jay Cutler
15 Tony Romo
16 Matthew Stafford
17 Philip Rivers
18 Cam Newton
19 Andy Dalton
20 Alex Smith
21 Josh Freeman
22 Sam Bradford
23 Carson Palmer
24 Ryan Tannehill
25 Michael Vick
26 Brandon Weeden
27 Christian Ponder
28 Mark Sanchez
29 Chad Henne
30 Kevin Kolb
31 Jake Locker
32 Matt Flynn

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  • Paul

    Joe Flacco has one thing on Ben, he never gets hurt.

  • steeltown

    I know Flacco had a stellar postseason last year and obviously they won the big game, but, better than Eli Manning better than Big Ben??? …Hardly

    Plus if we’re talking about 2013, Flacco lost Boldin in his arsenal. I know I know we lost Wallace, but we know who are #2 and #3 and even #4 WR’s will be.. at the moment BALT doesn’t have much past T.Smith and Jacoby Jones

  • Hank

    Flacco never gets hurt because he throws the ball away whenever anyone gets close to him. Hence his nickname ” Overthrow Joe”.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Flacco is better than Ben the same way fish is better than steak …

    … not at all.

  • steeltown

    Ha!

  • cencalsteeler

    Good…….more motivation for Ben!

  • dgh57

    Passing accuracy for Flacco is 59.7% vs Big Ben 63.3%.
    Yards per attempt Flacco 6.34 vs Big Ben’s 6.44
    ANY/A for Flacco 6.33 vs Big Ben 6.77
    Flacco threw 6 fewer TDs(22) vs Ben’s 28 despite him playing all 16 games!
    QB Rating & ESPN QBR for Flacco below Ben’s
    Passing yards per game for Flacco below Ben’s

    So, I guess, he is basing it on Flacco’s stellar playoff run & SB victory as his stats from last years regular season don’t explain Flacco being rated higher than Big Ben! To me that’s not looking at the overall picture when you compare QBs!

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The ONLY reason Flacco is listed above Ben is the SB from last year. That is it. To me, Flacco is right there with Romo and Jay Cutler, the only difference he has with those 2 guys was he won the SB last year.

  • Paul

    Ben needs to do that

  • Bo Mathis

    Seems pretty close to me. We just need better coaching and start taking the Bal approach of not falling in love with our stars. They were tough last yr, but Ive followed their moves and they have gotten scary good. Forget Flacco. I’m worried about their defense. If anything, we’ve regressed by just getting older. I love TP, but, like E Reed, he aint what he used to be.

  • Nundrum

    Well, let’s look at how they did head-to-head. Oh wait, that’s right. Ben wasn’t able to participate in either game. In fact, he has missed six of twenty games between the two teams. A QB isn’t doing any good for anybody if he can’t get on the field.

  • Mr. Riggs

    Well done!!

  • Ike Evans

    then with our offensensive line play the past 6 years….he would have been throwing the ball away almost every play

  • swatter

    Flacco needs maximum protection. Notice the ravens keep 7 and 8 in. Flacco would have been ripped apart and out of the nfl with Pittsburghs o line over the last 5 years. The last paragraph says it all flacco doesn’t get lucky in denver and then face poor d back fields and no pressure from san fran with j smith – torn tricep abd aldon smith a torn labrum. Talib and chung were injured in the NE game which after that flacco moved the team. Pretty easy for him which means he earned nothing.

    Big ben who blabber mouth Jaworski calls average won back the SB against AZ

  • JohnnyV1

    I think an argument could be made for Ben to be anywhere from #4 to #8. I think #7, given the injuries and a couple of pick 6′s he threw last year isn’t to far off. And I’m happy he’s our QB.

  • Intropy

    Head-to-head? Maybe Tommy Thompson vs Sammy Baugh, but never Ben Roethlisberger vs Joe Flacco.

  • Wesley Hawkins

    Sometime i feel like slapping the hell out of Ben for holding onto the ball for to long,itz a disaster waiting to happen and it usually does happen

  • Luke Shabro

    Joe Flacco has another thing on Ben, a decent O line. They’ve had Jared Gaither (when he wasn’t being a lazy slob), Bryant McKinnie (when he wasn’t being a lazy slob), Marshall Yanda, Matt Birk, Ben Grubbs, Michael Oher and more recently Keleche Osemele. And for the most part their guys have stayed healthier than our O line. It makes a difference

  • Luke Shabro

    Flacco has arguably the best deep ball in the league. He drops it in the bucket. But aside from the 2013 postseason he can be super inconsistent. He relies on the fact that he has guys that can get vertical and go grab balls. Look at that pass to Boldin. That was an awful throw. If Ben threw that to Wallace, Brown, Sanders and maybe even Cotchery it’s intercepted. Boldin is physical and will maul you to get a jump ball. People don’t realize how much Boldin helped Flacco. Flacco needs a security blanket. It used to be Derrick Mason who was always money on 3rd down. Then it became Boldin. Who is going to be that now? Tandon Doss? I don’t think so. I’m not dumb enough to say Flacco will be terrible but the chinks in his armor will shine through this year

  • Luke Shabro

    There’s a big difference between Reed and TP. Reed is a center fielder with a neck issue. TP is still a beast in run support and is excellent when healthy. I doubt they extend him again. I would be surprised if he lasted more than 2 more years in black and gold. We don’t fall in love with our stars that much. Joey Porter got cut when they decided he wasn’t worth it. We let Wallace walk when his price tag got too high. I feel like Colbert works hard to keep the core of the team together.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    btw, I hate your new icon/avatar or whatever you call it :)

  • Steeler Wheeler

    No, I actually like it, i just hate it compared to the old one.

  • joeblow

    Jaws ranked Ben too high in my opinion but Jaws knows way more than I do about the QB position. Jaws is to NFL QB analysis what Warren Buffet is to stock market
    analysis. Respect the man, he earns it and deserves it. Those that
    don’t are just clowns with opinions.

  • cencalsteeler

    A ha ha ha! That made me laugh!!!! I had to take one for the team!!

  • Bill Borkowski

    Jaws is stoned. You can’t be elite if you can’t put points on the board. Pittsburgh has never been in the top 25% of the league in scoring with Ben at QB. When the defense drops out of the

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