6 Reasons why Rodgers is better than Roethlisberger


6 Reasons why Rodgers is better than Roethlisberger

By Mary Paoletti

You think you know, but you don't know.

1. Roethlisberger's go-to touchdown celebration: the spike.


This is the least original end zone option picked by a quarterback in the history of end zone options. And you can get an 8x10 glossy of it on Amazon.com for two dollars and 47 cents -- a sale price -- down from 7.

Aaron Rodgers, however, would like to show you his Championship Belt.


2. Rodgers is sneaky. I hold a great deal of respect for sneaky people (as long as they aren't desirous of hurting me). Roethlisberger... lacks subtlety.

3. Being the quarterback of an NFL franchise -- and, thus, a celebrity of sorts -- must be tremendously stressful. It's a natural and healthy thing for a guy to want to blow off steam through a hobby. Rodgers plays guitar as an outlet. Good thinking!

Roethlisberger likes dangerous diversions that the NFL has to discipline him for. Like riding motorcycles. (And he's not even good at doing it.)

4. People are calling Roethlisberger's Super Bowl run 'a story of redemption'. Rodgers is automatically better because he battled his way to Dallas without doing stupid stuff. Like crashing a motorcycle.

5. Rodgers has said that, in tough times (like having to see Favre naked in the locker room with no option of filing a lawsuit), "I reached out to a number of people... and was able to really get some good advice throughout. I just tried to stay true to my character." Nice sentiment, right?

Roethlisberger deals with difficulties in negative ways, such as getting wasted, which is not so nice. No wonder he crashes things.

6. Aaron Rodgers does amazing things for people. I'm not talking about signing jerseys and posing for photos with a couple of kids; the guy is earnestly involved in battling childhood cancers and blood disorders.

Roethlisberger has also done stuff for charity, but want to know the difference between his philanthropy and Aaron's? The stuff that Big Ben does when the news cameras aren't around and he's free to follow his natural whims isn't so charitable to his fellow man.

Or motorcycle.

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

Randy Moss: Roger Goodell is 'biggest reason' for NFL's problems

With the NFL facing more PR issues by the day, Randy Moss has identified what he feels is wrong with a league that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

In wake of the Josh Brown situation, which saw the NFL blame the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for the lack of initial punishment given to the Giants kicker for domestic violence, Moss said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that commissioner Roger Goodell is the league’s biggest problem. 

“[This is] a bad time to show up now, breast cancer awareness month where we’re supporting the women, and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn’t seem like we are supporting women,” Moss said. “I think the NFL needs to take a deep look. I think the owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that’s fallen downhill with the NFL. I have to agree with that.”

Brown was initially given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy stemming from his 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge. On Friday, the 37-year-old was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. 

Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett


Steelers know they'll have their hands full with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett

PITTSBURGH – So far this season, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 39 catches, 644 yards and five touchdowns. Making the numbers that much more impressive is the fact the numbers were rolled up with Gronk inactive for two games and fairly useless in another thanks to his hamstring injury.

Will the Steelers slow the roll of Robellus Grennetski?

Hard to imagine. As Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Gronk alone has tuned up the Steelers with 26 receptions for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in six meetings.

Fittipaldo explored the strategies the Steelers defense may unveil Sunday afternoon when the Patriots and Steelers get going. He also pointed out that the return of linebacker Ryan Shazier after a three week layoff and injuries for safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden may put Pittsburgh at a disadvantage.

Said Shazier: “They have the tandem they want at tight end. Now they can use tight ends the way they want. You have to respect everyone on the field. Both of them are good blockers, good pass threats and great at running after the catch.”

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Pittsburgh will alter its approaches.

“We have to be able to play more than one defense,” Butler said. “They’re very good and they’ll pick you apart if they can figure out what you’re doing. We just have to execute the defense more than anything else. If we can do that … that’s been our problem for the most part. Some of the things that went on last week, we missed some things we should have made mentally.”

What “went on last week” was a 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.

Pittsburgh hasn’t been a big-play group so far -- eight sacks and three picks -- nor have they seen a gauntlet of great quarterbacks in the first six games. 

Interestingly, their losses have been to Ryan Tannehill and rookie Carson Wentz, probably the two quarterbacks one would figure Pittsburgh would do best against.
Between a smoking hot Brady and a can’t-be-stopped tight end tandem, there’s probably not a lot Pittsburgh can do aside from hoping for an off day.

Said linebacker Arthur Moats hopefully: “You have to continue to mix it up against (Gronkowski). You can’t give him the same look over and over. He has success on guys like that. If we disrupt him, and rush Brady and speed up his clock, I definitely think that will help out.”

In theory, perhaps. In practice? We’ll see.