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Steelers Rumors: Ben Roethlisberger Must Fix This Issue in 2021

Larry Rupp
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger must fix an issue of his own if the team wants to succeed in 2021.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger must fix an issue of his own if the team wants to succeed in 2021. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 11-0 start to the 2020 NFL season was impressive, but it may be even more impressive after learning that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apparently had a pre-snap tell. He will need to fix that issue before kickoff in September if the team wants any chance of being successful.

Steelers Rumors

Reports claim defenses may have been able to diagnose whether Pittsburgh's next play will be either a run or pass based on Big Ben's stance in the shotgun formation. He stood flat-footed when the play was a run and seemed to lift his left heel off the ground if it was going to be any kind of pass play.

That is a major problem given the Steelers ran 83 percent of their offensive plays in the shotgun formation, which ranked as the third-highest mark in the NFL. Defenses study film to find tendencies exactly like this as it takes away any element of surprise the offense may on their side.

This development may also have a lot to do with why Pittsburgh running game struggled last season. The Steelers averaged a league-low 82.5 rushing yards per game in 2020, but should see improvement in the fall given the backfield addition of first-round running back Najee Harris.

All things considered, Roethlisberger needs to get this issue under control through training camp exercises in order to give his team the best chance of winning. It would allow him to take full advantage of his dangerous receiving core that includes the likes of Diontae Johnson and Juju Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers currently have odds set at +170 to make the playoffs and odds set at +4400 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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