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NFL World Speculating About Ben Roethlisberger's Future

Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sidelines during the third quarter in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 26, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

How much longer are the Pittsburgh Steelers going to stick with Ben Roethlisberger at starting quarterback?

It's a fair question to ask following the start to the 2021 regular season.

Pittsburgh is 1-2 on the year and Big Ben has looked, well, not very good. The Steelers lost to the Bengals on Sunday, 24-10, with Roethlisberger throwing for 318 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He ranks 28th in the league in QBR through the first three weeks.

Something needs to change on offense, that is for sure.

The problem for the Steelers is that they don't have a great secondary option. The team has former first round pick Dwayne Haskins, though the former Buckeyes star is wildly unproven. In all likelihood, the Steelers will roll with Big Ben for the rest of the season, before making a decision at quarterback in the offseason. "I said in the offseason that both the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger will regret giving it another go by November. I may have been early," Pro Football Talk tweeted.

While fans around the league continue to question Roethlisberger's future, there probably isn't a better option right now.

"Colin, this is not the prettiest of truths, but it’s the truth: as much as Ben Roethlisberger is no longer the exact same QB Steelers fans love and extol and long for, he is *still* the best QB on this roster. He is still the best option," Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted.

That might be true, although some could end up wishing for Haskins at a later point this season.

For now, though, it appears that the Steelers will continue to stick with Big Ben behind center.