Let’s get it out in the open. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is getting older and will not be their quarterback forever. So my question is..who will be his backup in 2021?
I understand we all have our ideas of who should be at the helm should Roethlisberger go down (GOD FORBID)..but we have to keep that aspect in mind. So with that, let’s dig into a couple of facts on each quarterback option.
MASON RUDOLPH: Third Round..#76 In 2018 Draft
I am not going to beat around the bush, Mason Rudolph was not welcomed with open arms when he was drafted in 2018 by the Steelers. But light came to his drafting when fellow Oklahoma State University wide receiver, James Washington was tossed into the mix. A combination that never came to fruition.
Rudolph has had going on 4 years to prove himself worthy of being Big Ben’s predecessor, but has actually shown very little improvement. I mean..let’s be honest, the only thing we remember Mason accomplishing was getting helmet smacked by Cleveland Browns linebacker, Myles Garrett.
Not saying Mason is not a “decent” quarterback, although former Steelers backup, Devlin “Duck” Hodges had a more impressive run due to his injury. Just saying he hasn’t impressed whatsoever.
In 15 total games, Rudolph has accumulated 2089 yards, 15 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Not bad numbers, but where is the flash? What game do we really remember Mason taking control? There is none.
DWAYNE HASKINS: First Round..#15 In 2019 Draft
Although Haskins may not have been all that productive with the Washington Redskins/Football Team, he wasn’t really surrounded by any top notch talent. Not to mention the sub-par coaching staff, but all of that can change in Pittsburgh.
ROETHLISBERGER ON HASKINS: “I was just telling Coach [Mike Sullivan] the other day that his release and throwing motion mechanics are some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. I told him, I wish I had that. Just everything he does. And he throws the ball, I joked he could throw it through a car wash and it wouldn’t get wet.”
Pretty high praise for the future Hall of Famer, and something I never heard Big Ben say about Rudolph. Then again I never heard any positive words about Mason Rudolph out of Roethlisberger’s mouth. Either that or I must have missed it.
Look..I understand that Haskins’ 2804 yards and 12 touchdowns isn’t all that to stand up and clap about, but keep in mind that was with lesser targets in a 2 year..12 game span. As far as his attitude is concerned? Head coach Mike Tomlin is extremely capable of toning down that aspect. Fact is Dwayne has First Round Talent, it just needs to be honed in by a future Hall of Fame coach like Tomlin.
Long story short..I believe Dwayne Haskins will beat out Mason Rudolph for the #2 spot. This preseason will show Haskins value with his arm strength and mobility. But what do you think? Leave a comment down below telling me who should back up Big Ben and why. #HereWeGo
Ok, let’s get it in! I am about to share with you my personal AFC North quarterback rankings. And although a lot of fans from opposing teams may disagree, so what..because it is in fact my opinion. Do with it as you will.
1) “BIG” BEN ROETHLISBERGER: PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Now, you may think that I am just being a “HOMER” since I am a lifelong Steelers fan. But the truth of the matter is he is IN FACT the best quarterback in the division, regardless of what Mike Tannenbaum and Colin Cowherd have to say since they are haters and morons.
Let’s start with the obvious, Ben is the only quarterback in this division to go undefeated during his rookie campaign, only to lose to the New England Patriots (Cheatriots) in the playoffs.
Roethlisberger then went on to be the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in his second season. This coming after promising former Steelers running back and Hall of Famer, Jerome Bettis the previous season that he would get The Bus an Lombardi Trophy. That alone should seal the deal.
But what makes Big Ben number one on my list is that after going through Tommy John surgery during the 2019 season, he came back the following year to throw for 3803 yards..33 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. Imagine if he played week 16 versus the Cleveland Browns. (Speaking of)
2) BAKER MAYFIELD(Heisman Winner 2017): CLEVELAND BROWNS
Keep in mind that as a Steelers fan, the ranking of Mayfield as the #2 quarterback in the AFC North really makes me want to puke! Mainly because he is a cocky Heisman Trophy winner who has never accomplished anything in the NFL (besides winning a playoff game against my Pittsburgh Steelers). Not to mention Cleveland Browns fans are like Dallas Cowboys fans..only worse.
But this ranking is about facts, and Baker has shown some improvement since being drafted back in the 2018 NFL Draft. The only problem is, he has yet crack that “ELITE” surface, plus his attitude is still a major issue.
Granted, Mayfield may have had his best QBR 95.9 rating last season, he still threw for less yards and less touchdowns than Roethlisberger. Can’t very well place Baker at the top now can we? Hell..in 2019 he threw 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions with more yards..yet he is improving.
Another reason Mayfield ranks above the others at #2 is due to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, but one season does not prove a HC in Cleveland..or a?QB.
3) LAMAR JACKSON(Heisman Winner 2016): BALTIMORE RAVENS
Yeah..yeah..how dare me slap the 2019 MVP as the number three(3) quarterback in the AFC North? Well I will tell you why..”LAMAR JACKSON IS MORE OF A RUNNING BACK THAN A QUARTERBACK!” There..I said it
Look, Jackson is quick..elusive and talented, but he is a lesser Kordell Stewart more than anything. Mainly because Stewart had an arm and make the throws Lamar is unable to. It is a fact..prove me wrong. Not to mention, Kordell was quicker and more talented.
Still..this ranking has to do about quarterbacks, something that Jackson still desperately needs to work on. Throwing for 2757 yards, 26 touchdowns (7 less than Ben and tied with Baker) and 9 interceptions.
The problem with this is Lamar ran for 1005 yards on 159 carries, yet he still lost to Ben Roethlisberger twice last season. What other position should he be in other than third? I mean..at least Mayfield luckily won one against Ben (Baker barely beat Mason Rudolph in week 16).
4) JOE BURROW(Heisman Winner 2019): CINCINNATI BENGALS
It is really tough placing Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow at the bottom of the AFC North list. The only reason I am doing so is because he is still “fresh meat”..who still has a lot to prove. As of yet he has shown he is the only QB in the division to not take his team to the playoffs last year.
Let’s face it, throwing for 2688 yards and 13 touchdowns obviously aren’t stats to place anyone at the top. The five(5) interceptions however is the lowest in the division. But less INTs and less TDs do not win GAMEs.
Case in point Pittsburgh Steelers fan or not, Roethlisberger’s numbers were better, won the division, and is the ONLY quarterback in the division to win two Super Bowls and “WAS NOT” a Heisman Trophy Winner makes him #1 in my book. Like I said before..prove me otherwise. #HereWeGo