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Ryan Clark believes it’s time for Ben Roethlisberger “to take a seat” on the Pittsburgh Steelers bench

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws in the second quarter during a Week 12 NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals Nov 28
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have endured a mixed start to the 2021 season. On Sunday, defeat to their AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, will end all realistic hopes of a playoff place for the Steelers. With that likelihood, many are starting to question quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Time appears to be catching up with the 39-year-old, and his former teammate Ryan Clark says the Steelers should bench Roethlisberger.

Clark won his only Super Bowl with Roethlisberger & the Steelers in 2008, and although he admits it’s a difficult decision to take. He believes it’s time for Pittsburgh to bench big Ben.

“I think it’s hard to bench a legend, I think that’s a very difficult thing to do. We saw that happen in New York with someone drafted in the same draft class in Eli Manning. I owe my Super Bowl ring to Ben Roethlisberger. With all that being said, it’s time to see what else you got in the locker room. It’s time for big Ben to take a seat.”

Ryan Clark

Roethlisberger is playing his 18th season as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. He has led the team to three Super Bowl appearances, winning twice in 2005 & 2008. However, Pittsburgh has not played in the showpiece game since a 2010 defeat to the Green Bay Packers.

Consequently, Ryan Clark believes it is time for Roethlisberger’s time as starting quarterback to end. Moreover, he wanted to back Roethlisberger this season but believes he is now hurting the team.

“The reason big Ben was back had to be because of Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert. Thinking that big Ben gave the team the best opportunity to compete for a championship. As long as he doesn’t hurt the team, I was going to ride with that. Big Ben is hurting this team now. He’s not allowing the other pieces around him to progress, to grow, to learn. He hurts Chase Claypool, he hurts Diontae Johnson, he hurts Najee Harris. He hurts the Pittsburgh Steelers offense as whole.”

Ben Roethlisberger

Besides their disappointing 5-5-1 record, the Steelers have failed to win any of their last three games. Furthermore, they have conceded 41 points in their previous two games. So, it’s not just Roethlisberger and the offense that’s struggling. However, all good things must come to an end, and the legendary Ben Roethlisberger’s time as a Steeler is all but over.

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