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08:03 AM ET 11.27 | Yet again, the hopes of the Steelers rest with Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers aren't going to catch the Ravens in the AFC North Division race, but they still can make the playoffs as a wild-card team in the lame AFC. It's going to take a healthy Roethlisberger, though. Maybe he doesn't have to play Sunday in Baltimore against the Ravens. But he has to be ready Dec. 9 for the San Diego game at Heinz Field. That's the start of a four-game stretch run that also includes winnable games against the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Browns. ... [The offense] won't be the same until Roethlisberger plays again. You want to know what Roethlisberger is worth to the Steelers? Forget his $100 million-plus contract. Roethlisberger is priceless.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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November 27, 2012  08:29 AM ET

The Steelers aren't as fortunate as Kansas City, who have been just as good with their backup as they were with their starter.

November 27, 2012  08:31 AM ET

The Steelers have gotten themselves into the same bad situation the Colts found themselves in last year: dependent on their star QB and with no reasonable backup. That plus an aging defense is a recipe for a lot of bad losses. And similarly, like Peyton last year, Ben should not play unless he is completely healthy.

November 27, 2012  08:33 AM ET

No sense in killing Ben, let him heal. Any team that gets beat by the Browns. Titans, and Raiders the way they did won't go far in the post season.

November 27, 2012  08:50 AM ET

The Steeler's sure have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season.

November 27, 2012  09:01 AM ET

They should have groomed Dennis Dixon but they were too cheap to keep him.

November 27, 2012  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No sense in killing Ben, let him heal. Any team that gets beat by the Browns. Titans, and Raiders the way they did won't go far in the post season.

True. And this is not a new problem. The Steelers could not score enough points last year against the Broncos in the playoffs to beat you know who at QB. Why would it get fixed in one year?

November 27, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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They should have groomed Dennis Dixon but they were too cheap to keep him.

Not too cheap, he was too dumb to pick up and understand the entire offense.

November 27, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not too cheap, he was too dumb to pick up and understand the entire offense.

and you made this assessment due to 1 complete game??? What a lame excuse! Then tell me why did the Ravens signed him before the game two weeks ago?

November 27, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Sit, Ben, sit. Good boy!

November 27, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not too cheap, he was too dumb to pick up and understand the entire offense.

SMH...why is it that Black QBs always get labeled as "not smart enough to pick up the offense"?? Maybe the fact that he came from a spread option in college to a more traditional running attack in the pros created a higher learning curve.....or maybe, just maybe an NFL offense is pretty complex to pick up, ESPECIALLY when you get no reps as the 3rd string/scout team QB....maybe those are factors...or maybe they just wanted to have experience like Leftwich/Batch behind Ben? Nice way to assume he was too dumb though...

November 27, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They should have groomed Dennis Dixon but they were too cheap to keep him.

I used to think that until I saw him play, with all the teams needing help at QB this year no one was interested in him, that should tell you something. He's really not as good as Leftwich or Batch.

November 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET

First of all DR_U, don't question the Steelers when it comes to personnel decisions, pretty sure they know what they're doing. Secondly, Dixon tore his ACL in college and his meniscus with the Steelers, that's why he was cut. Injury risk.

November 27, 2012  10:14 AM ET

At any rate, Leftwich and Batch aren't the answer.

November 27, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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At any rate, Leftwich and Batch aren't the answer.

Neither is Brian Hoyer.

November 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

At any rate, Leftwich and Batch aren't the answer.

I'm sure Mark Sanchez will be available at some point.

November 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sit, Ben, sit. Good boy!

LOL!!

November 27, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I used to think that until I saw him play, with all the teams needing help at QB this year no one was interested in him, that should tell you something. He's really not as good as Leftwich or Batch.

The first year Dixon was there I thought he could become a starter but it just never happened. Last I heard the Ravens dropped him from their practice squad and nobody seemed to be interested

November 27, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Neither is Brian Hoyer.

Finding someone who is and is without a team at this time of the year would be a pretty good trick

 
November 27, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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First of all DR_U, don't question the Steelers when it comes to personnel decisions, pretty sure they know what they're doing. Secondly, Dixon tore his ACL in college and his meniscus with the Steelers, that's why he was cut. Injury risk.

He was cut by Steelers coz he was playing hardball with them by refusing to sign a one year tender. Injuries back in college had nothing to do with it. Again, the Steelers were being cheap.

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