Trade Big Ben?


Recently rumors have surfaces that maybe Steelers QB and two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger might want a trade out of Pittsburgh.  This seems crazy to fathom, as he's been the face of the franchise for nearly a decade and is one of the few QB's in the league with the kind of two minute prowess tha tmakes you believer you're truly in any game you play.

Still, it's an interesting thought.  Imagine Big Ben behind a solid O-Line, like you can find with the Vikings or perhaps the Bucs?  What about rejoining former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, now the head coach in Arizona?  It's reasonable to think he'd fit in several locations, but why would the Steelers trade him?

Pittsburgh, now 3-6 in a frustratingly inconsistent AFC North division, has been on a rapid decline the last couple of years.  They're defense is seemingly aging in dog years, and the offensive line has been a problem for what seems like forever.  Furthermore, Ben has watched weapons like Hines Ward and Mike Wallace retire or move on to greener (and by greener I mean richer) pastures.  Maybe the Steelers should trade Ben if he want sout, and get some assets while he still has a lot of value.

Ben isn't a young man at 31, he's got about 5-6 years left if he's lucky before all those hits he's taken over the years reduce him to jelly.  While he's come out and squashed the rumors, it's still a faun game to play.  Should the Steelers entertain offers for the veteran, it's reasonable to think that a pair of first round picks might very well be on the table.  My suggestion is that the Steelers go for it and commit to a rebuild.  Unless there's some level of playoff success at the end of this year, it might be time for the Steelers to unload in the offseason and reload with young talent.  It seems crazy to think of giving up a two-time Super Bowl winning QB, but with the hits Ben has taken over his career, sometimes the smartest move to make is to pre-empt a rapid decline.  If this team is getting you 3-6, how much worse can it be after a youth movement?

Yeah, They're Done

Tonight's Indianapolis vs San Diego will mark the end of week 6 in the 2013 NFL season. So it's time for every ones favorite game; let's make dangerously premature proclamations. Six weeks in and it's safe to assume alot about certain teams.  The Broncos are really good. The Jags are really bad. And there are alot of teams in between.

But there are certain teams pundits and fans alike thought would be much better than they are.  Could compete for a Super Bowl even. It's to the point where I'm ready to call the season for some of these teams. They're done. Not making the playoffs. Looking forward to next season. 

Obviously the moment I write this blog post and declare their season over, they will go on a win streak. Make the playoffs and make an improbable run to a championship. Just to prove me wrong. So to the 5 teams below, you're welcome. And remember who to thank when you are receiving that Lombardi Trophy:

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) - I'm not entirely sure what is wrong with the Steelers. But they sure look broken. This week they beat a barely not terrible NY Jets and are already 3 games back of the division leading Cincinnati Bengals. 3 Games isn't insurmountable. But for this Steelers team, it is.

2. Houston Texans (2-4) - The Texans have snatched the title of resident dumpster fire from the Jaguars. The Jags are bad. But this Texans team is just a wreck.  They're starting QB is hurt and may miss time and that may be a good thing. And oh yeah his replacement is TJ Yates. Bad times in Houston. Side Note: With neither The Steelers or Texans going anywhere, why don't the Texans call up the Steelers and offer Matt Schuab and a 1st round pick for Ben Rothliesberger. Houston with a good QB can still compete. And Pittsburgh can get a head start on their inevitable rebuild. Win-win.

3. Atlanta Falcons (1-4) - 6 weeks in and the Falcons a 4 games behind the Saints. They've lost Julio jones for the season and there are rumblings already that they should trade Tony Gonzalez and just prepare for a high draft pick. Week 6 and already talking about the draft? Yeah, they're done. 

4. Washington Redskins (1-4) - On the 2 Guys NFL season preview I predicted that Either the Colts or Redskins were due to take a step back this season. Turns out I was correct. 

5. Green Bay Packers (3-2) - Of any team on this list, the Packers have the best chance to make me look stupid. They have a winning record and are only a game back on Chicago and Detroit for the NFC North lead. But the Packers have not looked good. And with Jacoby Jones hobbled and Randall Cobb out multiple weeks, I think it's too much to ask Aaron Rodgers to drag this team to the playoffs. Yeah, they're done.