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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Is On A Record Pace Through Seven Games


The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a 2-5 start through seven games played and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on both a career and franchise record pace. Those records, however, are ones that the Steelers don’t want him breaking as it involves the amount of times he’s been sacked in a single season.

Heading into the Week 9 game against the New England Patriots, Roethlisberger has already been sacked 26 times and that is a personal best for him through the first seven games of any regular season since being drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Should he stay on that current pace and remain healthy, Roethlisberger will be sacked 59 times this season and that will not only shatter his career high of 50 that was set in 2009, but the franchise record of 51 which was set by Cliff Stoudt in 1983.

At the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Steelers decided to move on from offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. When he addressed the media in January of 2012, team president Art Rooney II talked to the media about how Roethlisberger needs to take fewer sacks as he enters his 30′s.

“I’m not sure if I’d say change his style of play,” said Rooney. “He may need to tweak it a little bit, but Ben is Ben, and you wouldn’t want to try to convince him to completely change his game. A lot of what he does is the reason he is successful. On the other side of the coin, he is turning 30, and we do need him to stay healthy, and taking fewer sacks would probably help that equation.”

Last season, under then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Roethlisberger was sacked just 13 times through the first seven games. In the ninth game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs, however, Roethlisberger was sacked by linebacker Justin Houston and he suffered an injury that would keep him sidelined for the next three weeks as a result.

Now that the Steelers offensive line is back it total disarray following the ankle injury suffered Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders by right guard David DeCastro, one can’t help but think that Roethlisberger will be doing good to not get sacked three times a game or more moving forward. And, judging by his style of play this season, Roethlisberger hasn’t tweaked his game one iota. It of course hasn’t helped that the Steelers have been behind in all but one game this season.

I wonder what Rooney thinks now about running Arians out of town in favor of Haley, as Roethlisberger not only has a chance to break his own sack record, but his single-season loss record as well.

You know what they say, records are meant to be broken.
Roethlisberger Stats Through Steelers First Seven Games 2004-2013

YEAR GS CMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SK Y/A RATE
2013 7 172 261 65.90% 1930 8 7 26 7.4 86.9
2012 7 178 267 66.70% 1974 13 3 13 7.4 100
2011 7 147 234 62.80% 1937 12 6 20 8.3 95.3
2010 3 52 83 62.70% 754 5 2 6 9.1 102.2
2009 7 164 233 70.40% 2062 11 6 20 8.8 102.6
2008 7 109 181 60.20% 1352 10 7 23 7.5 85.7
2007 7 124 192 64.60% 1533 15 6 16 8 102.2
2006 6 112 180 62.20% 1346 6 11 19 7.5 70.7
2005 6 79 130 60.80% 1183 11 2 11 9.1 112.4
2004 5 96 137 70.10% 1133 9 4 7 8.3 104.7

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  • HopalongCassidy

    The sacks come mainly from two things…O-line not pass blocking well and the receivers not creating separation and getting open.

  • gene mann

    IMO there is no way Ben Finishes the season as our QB

  • Eric

    In real estate it is location, location, location. In quarterbacking, its protection, protection, protection

  • SteelersDepot

    Average Time To Sack Per PFF

    2013 – 4.17

    2012 – 3.99

    2011 – 3.62

  • Shannon Stephenson

    IMO Arians was ran out of town for not establishing much of a run game, the poor red zone play and being awful at 3rd and short. In Arians defense ,Haley hasn’t been able to do this either and the results are that Ben is getting bashed. This could be Haley’s last year. I have given him a chance but we are not getting good enough results. He still has 9 games, lets see what happens.

  • Kris Gusto Williams

    How about throw the ball away instead of losing yards plus the down

  • pdupuis

    Come on, that’s not going to happen with Ben. I’d like to see it but you know that saying about teaching an old dog new tricks.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Well at least we’ll have a high draft pick in the end lol. Always looking a positives

  • Kenneth Wilt

    There is something else. The QB must decide to pass the ball to the open receivers. The Oline does and will miss blocks…no matter who we have there. The length of time will vary based on the quality of the line, but there will always be breakdowns. The receivers MUST get better separation and make better reads. Ben though MUST make better and faster reads.

  • Kris Gusto Williams

    True

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Johnny Manziel may be the answer next season as I don’t see this O-line doing a complete 180. Will they improve? I would certainly like to think so but at this point whats needed is someone who is more elusive than what Ben is capable of being. Ben just gets pummeled on a weekly basis and while he is big and strong enough to shake off pass rushers he simply doesn’t evade them nearly enough and the accumulation of these hits will wear him down to the point where he may not finish the season. He isn’t exactly getting any younger. For the past 4 seasons or so this organization has done the same thing in regards to its roster and have expected a different result. Its time to consider the alternative of this trend.

  • Virdin Barzey

    You forgot Ben holding onto the ball…..

  • AndyR34

    Maybe the OC is not the problem…maybe it is the QB…for he definitely refuses to run Haley’s offense which is supposed to be different from Bruce’s.

  • CW

    Truthfully if we are looking at a potential Top 5 pick and there are still a few of the highly valued quarterbacks left on the board what the team should do is trade back with the Browns. Trade that high pick to the Browns for their two 1st round picks plus their 2 3rd or 4th round picks depending on whether they have a Top 10 pick.

    Then get the best available wide receiver (Evans, Robinson, or Mathews) and left tackle in the 1st round and rebuild the team in style.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’m probably ok with that option but maybe stay put and grab Jake Matthews. Hopefully

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would either want Evans, Robinson, Matthews, Lewan, or Clowney. But since we’d also have a high second rounder we may be able to get robinson later and then get a quality passs rusher or a franchise tackle.

  • Luke Shabro

    Manziel is not going to be a quality QB in the NFL and I certainly don’t want him over Ben

  • rizzo29

    Why Clowney you watch him this year,He,s on the sidelines more than the cheerleaders,play,s when he wants too,Steelers don,t need that kind of attitude on the team

  • cencalsteeler

    Surprising. I thought these numbers would be reversed. But, tenths of seconds are not much to talk about. The negative thing I see is since 2004 when Ben was drafted, defensive ends are a different pedigree. Leaner, stronger, more athletic and quicker. The other negative thing I see is father time. Ben is slower than in 04 and not as agile as he once was due to age and injuries. This combination is not a great formula. Coupled with a young inexperienced line in there trying to protect him, the results are what we are all unfortunately witnessing.

  • Bob Graff

    Manziel is very gifted and if given the chance will shine. He may have an attitude but he is one hell of a football player. there isn’t anyone even close to his talent level at any position. Manziel is better than Ben right now.

  • Ia Ia

    Ben has regressed. He is a mid quality QB now. Even that is a stretch. Maybe he is a top 24 QB. No more than this. In the Red Zone he is not able to read the field. Why do you think we do not throw like other teams ? Let’s hope we keep losing and can draft a good QB together with a new HC

  • Ia Ia

    My bet is for week 11. What’s your take ? and another one… Does he ever come back ?

  • Ia Ia

    Andy Haley sucks. And then… You are right. Ben cannot read the field. Other QBs are able to throw it in the middle of the red zone while it is loaded with defenders. When is the last time you saw ben doing that ? We either go to the corner * pylon or run. Result? Field Goal

  • Ia Ia

    CW Are you crazy ? Trade down with the Clowns ? And Keep a 30 something ( 300 sacks taken ) Ben ? No way. I say Trade ben Now and draft a QB. Worst thing we can draft again and take the Florida State kid

  • Ia Ia

    Even Worse Clowney is a DE. People with a top 5 pick you have to take only a QB or trade down and load.Anything else is useless. Like taking a RB with a first or a second round. Oh wait… we just wasted one on Bell… Good thing he is rushing for 50 yards a game…

  • Ia Ia

    Bob Anybody is better than Ben now. But Manziel is not even close to a Mariota or a Bridgewater. I would take the kid from UCLA also. Not Manziel…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This maybe true. There are a lot of games where I look at ben and think to myself the ball should already be out of his hand. He doesn’t read defenses very well.

  • Bob Graff

    Everyone has an opinion right now Manziel is the best QB in college. Bridgewater is all hype Mariota is good but not as good. The Steelers might want to talk to Landry Jones . Manziel gave him a college send off like no other.

  • Ia Ia

    Either way … in order to draft a QB we will need a new GM a new Head Coach. Let’s hope we suck for luck… Eh… We clown for Clowney… Eh… Ok you got the point…

  • Bob Graff

    I think Clowney is even worst than than J.Jones all hype no production. BTW i don’t get your point or opinion. What the Steelers need are truly talented players , not splash and dash players but hard core consistent every down in your face ballers. Not these money-crew or 1 tackle a game can’t miss wonders. GOT MY POINT NOW.

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