It's hardly ball-washing to remind you that the weather away from Pittsburgh was a serious issue-- football outsiders had the Steelers as facing the 2nd worst weather of any team in the NFL-- including at home, where they had an unusually fair-weather year. Huge factor in Buffalo, Cleveland, Washington, e.g.
It's ball washing when suggestions that Ben was merely a CONTRIBUTOR to the uneven play of the Steelers the past few years...when we AGREE that other factors such as talent and coaching also contributed...are met with vigorous denials by the usual suspects on these boards.
When the mere suggestion that Ben is not as consistent as some other HoF QBs in this league are met with howls of "If you think Ben sucks, wait until he leaves"...as if anyone saying Ben is a contributor to the issues this team has faced is equivalent to saying "Ben sucks".
THAT is what annoys me when these discussions happen.
And now we get the weather excuse.
Let me tell you...I first became aware of Ben Roethlisberger back when he played for Miami (OH) and he was playing in a very windy game where the other QB's passes were floating and fluttering like dying birds, but Ben was still zipping the ball down the field.
And then when he played in the hurricane game in Miami as a rookie making his first start and did just fine.
I don't want to hear it about the weather. HoF QBs rise above the weather.