Roethlisberger Comes In At #7 On Ron Jaworski’s ‘QB Countdown’ List

Ben Roethlisberger

After playing one of the worst Super Bowls as the QB for the Eagles vs Oakland back in 1981 in Super Bowl XV, somehow, someway, people today seem to feel that whatever ESPN ‘analyst’ Ron Jaworski says about quarterbacks is true.

Despite never being a winning one himself.

Jaworski is making headlines in Steeler Nation today over his “QB Countdown” list, which lists the best QB’s in the game. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger – the same as his number – 7th on the list.

Roethlisberger dropped a spot from six to seven, and those above him? They are pretty good, just still think at the end of the day Ben never seems to get the credit he deserves.

Here’s the list in the eyes of Jaworski leading up to Roethlsiberger.

1. Tom Brady Patriots
2. Drew Brees Saints
3. Peyton Manning Broncos
4. Aaron Rodgers Packers
5. Matt Ryan Falcons
6. Joe Flacco Ravens

Now I think when you look at a list like this, Brady, Brees and Manning are always going to get their due – so I don’t have too much of an issue with that.

Rodgers at four I will even give you – but Matt Ryan at five and Joe Flacco at six? Come on.

Ryan was good last season, but the 5th best QB in the game today? He’s won one playoff game in his career after a couple of failures, and had a big lead vs the 49’ers in the NFC Title game last season, only to be part of a complete flop that saw Atlanta with a shot late to comeback, and they failed.

This isn’t to say that Ryan shouldn’t be in the top 10, but over Ben? I don’t think a lot of NFL GM’s would see it that way if there was a shot to pick both in a draft.

As for Flacco – give me a break.

One season, and more so, one late run a player it does not make. How about Trent Dilfer? He’s another former Ravens scrub QB that is living off a hot run in the postseason. Not to say that Flacco is another Dilfer, but he’s not the 6th best QB in the game.

Flacco has shown in big games before the postseason last year that he tends to run and hide, and get lost in the shuffle. How about the AFC Divisional game in Heinz Field in 2010?

Last season he couldn’t even beat the Steelers 3rd string QB (Charlie Batch) at home, and while yes, he was impressive in the postseason, I still think to this day he’s got a lot more to prove.

By the way, for those wondering, here’s the top 10 for ‘Jaws’ lines up as follows after Ben:

8 Eli Manning Giants
9 Matt Schaub Texans
10 Andrew Luck Colts

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5 Comments on "Roethlisberger Comes In At #7 On Ron Jaworski’s ‘QB Countdown’ List"

  1. ben spiridigliozzi | July 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply

    JAWS can Suck it! Big Ben is in the top three.

    • Jaws works for the 4-letter network! It’s his job to suck, be an ignorant, wishy-washy front-runner catering to the mindless automotans who frequent espn like moths to a bulb! Plus he played for Philly…Guess I shoulda just said that last thing first and saved myself some typing! A tweeter I am not!

  2. Ben Roethlisberger is the most over-rated quarterback in the NFL. My list would be:
    1. Peyton Manning Broncos
    2. Tom Brady Patriots
    3. Drew Brees Saints
    4. Aaron Rodgers Packers
    5. Eli Manning Giants
    6. Matt Ryan Falcons
    7. Joe Flacco Ravens
    8. Andrew Luck Colts
    9. Matt Schaub Texans
    10. Ben Roethlisberger for now, depending on the success of any of the following young quarterbacks, Robert Griffith, Cam Newton, or Andy Dalton. Anyone of those three will likely displace Ben this season.

    • First off , Im not gonna make a list Im laughing to hard and getting to much enjoyment out of yours . A couple observations , (1) you have Ryan , Luck and Schaub ranked ahead of Ben . None of those three havent got even a whiff of a Super Bowl . Last time I checked , Ben has two Vince Lombardi’s on his mantle . (2) To have the audacity , to say that Andy Dalton or Cam Newton will replace Ben as the tenth best quarterback in the league , shows just how much real football knowledge you have , and brother , that aint much .

  3. Flacco is at least number 4. Suck it Shittsburgh

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