I refuse to blame Ben Roethlisberger for Pittsburgh’s loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship. The Steelers were simply outplayed by a more experienced team. The feeling in Pittsburgh right now is not to blame Big Ben. It is simply sorrow for the end of a fantastic season.
If we take away the interceptions, which resulted in 17 points, the Steeler’s win. But wait. It’s not that simple. If we take away those interceptions, the Steelers now have to rely on the secondary to keep Tom Brady (perfect in the post season) from effectively running the 2-minute drill. I contend that if we remove those 17 points from the Pats, Tom Brady swings into rapid fire mode in the final 7 minutes. The Steelers secondary simply can’t stop that. This is the same reason I didn’t want to play the Colts and Peyton Manning. An effective secondary has always been Pittsburgh’s biggest weakness.
We were beaten by the arm of Tom Brady, poor coverage by our secondary, and dissection of our defense by a fantastic coaching staff, not by Ben Roethlisberger.