Steelers would like to find a Young/ Rodgers to Ben’s Montana/Favre

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Ben Roethlisberger is still the Steelers’ franchise quarterback, but they might be in the market to draft his successor.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said on PFT Live that the Steelers would love to have Roethlisberger on the team for years to come, but they’d also like to acquire the heir apparent in advance, the way the 49ers did when they went from Joe Montana to Steve Young, and the way the Packers did when they went from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.

“You want to give Ben the best opportunity to win a Super Bowl while he still can,” Colbert said. “You also want to recognize that great franchises that go from generation to generation and still are successful, they usually pass it on because of great quarterbacks. San Francisco from Montana to Steve Young, Green Bay from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers. You’d like to be able to do that.”

Colbert noted that the Steelers are unlikely to draft one of the elite prospects, however, simply because as long as they have Roethlisberger they’re probably not going to have a Top 5 pick.

“At some point you may draft a quarterback higher but as long as you’ve got Ben Roethlisberger playing for you, you’re hopefully not going to be able to get a guy that high,” he said.

So the Steelers aren’t in the market for a Sam Darnold or a Josh Allen. But they might be in the market for a quarterback who can replace Roethlisberger, even if it’s not a quarterback who can replace Roethlisberger immediately.

49 responses to “Steelers would like to find a Young/ Rodgers to Ben’s Montana/Favre

  1. No chance do they take a qb in this draft. Too much of a Super Bowl contender, but with obvious needs on defense, to take a qb, especially after Ben has said he wants to play 3 more years.

  2. “Steelers would like to find a Young/ Rodgers to Ben’s Montana/Favre”

    No S#!%, Sherlock! I think every team would like to find that.

  3. maddog111 says:

    March 28, 2018 at 7:34 am

    No chance do they take a qb in this draft. Too much of a Super Bowl contender, but with obvious needs on defense, to take a qb, especially after Ben has said he wants to play 3 more years.

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    Ben says a lot of things. Didn’t he say a year ago he wasn’t sure he would play after last season?

  4. It doesn’t make any sense to me to talk about needing a top 5 pick to acquire a QB like Young or Rodgers. Rodgers was the 24th overall pick, and the 49ers traded a 2nd and a 4th round pick to Tampa Bay for Steve Young. Young was 3-16 with the Bucs. Even Big Ben went #11 in the draft. Heck, Montana was a 3rd rounder, and Favre went in the 2nd round. So forgive me if I’m scratching my head a little, trying to make sense of this article. It wouldn’t surprise me if Mason Rudolph ends up being the best QB from this class, and he’ll probably be on the board when the Steelers pick. If not, there could be a guy who, like Brady and Montana, isn’t the workout warrior teams are looking for. That could be Washington State’s Luke Falk, and he’ll probably be there in the 3rd round. He looks just like Brady. Brady would get laughed out of the combine for a weak bench press or slow 40 yard dash. These scouts aren’t all rocket scientists, you know.

  5. Every team is looking for the next Young/ Rodgers ……. No matter who the QB is now … If you’re not looking your not prepared for injury or retirements

  6. maddog111 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 7:34 am
    No chance do they take a qb in this draft. Too much of a Super Bowl contender, but with obvious needs on defense, to take a qb, especially after Ben has said he wants to play 3 more years.

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    Agree. They’re not even likely to draft a late-round backup QB this year given that they have Jones and Dobbs. Basically in no man’s land.

    Alternative scenario to drafting a successor before Roethlisberger retires is to use Jones as a stop-gap for a season or so after Roethlisberger retires. Might be the best option if they don’t already have someone else lined up before Roetlisberger leaves and/or to allow a grace period for a successor to ramp up. Jones has looked well enough in limited action (far better than how he looked earlier in his career), and has to know the offense in and out at this point. Obviously better to draft someone before Roethlisberger’s gone, but unless they’re willing to trade up one year (which Colbert rarely does), pretty unlikely they get a top #10 pick with the current roster.

  7. The whole “grooming” is the biggest load of crap in the NFL. It was a disservice to Aaron Rodgers to sit him on the bench. He isn’t great because he sat behind Favre, he is great because he is Aaron Rodgers. There is no need to groom a great QB. This whole grooming illusion needs to stop it is really dumb.

  8. The vast majority of players in their mid to late 30’s as the question about whether they want to keep going. If they don’t they’re either arrogant or stupid. Ben should ask himself year on year whether he really wants to keep playing – quality of life after football is more important than this game – and the Steelers should be drafting and grooming his replacement, now. It’s just smart business.

  9. Dumb down much? Tell me what organization does not want this?

    Good example is the Giants would pass on Rosen in the 2nd round. Thus the Ironman replacement.

  10. Ben may want to play three more years but he’s healthy now. What happens if that changes?

  11. When you try to compare Roethlisberger to Montana or Farve, the analogy falls apart right there.

  12. I had relatives that came to Pittsburgh in the early 1700’s. Although I moved at a young age, I still loved the Steelers but I’m in Rome and love the Giants (past 50 years).

    Get rid of Ben and I will root for the Steelers again. Pains me, as my grandmother went to grade to school with the original owner. The right fielder who wore 21 will always be my idol. I even went into the same piano store and pretended to buy a piano, to get even.

    Sorry but my great grandfather was a retired Pittsburgh cop and I retired from NY.

    Can’t root for Ben. The Giants fiasco with the Punter soured me on the owner permanently.

    A real idol and hero was Roberto. For Ben to be so revered makes me want to puke.

  13. ffsniper says:
    March 28, 2018 at 7:38 am
    “Steelers would like to find a Young/ Rodgers to Ben’s Montana/Favre”

    No S#!%, Sherlock! I think every team would like to find that.
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    90% of teams would be happy to just find a Montana or Favre let alone their HOF successors.

  14. Montana to Young and Favre to Rodgers are probably the only two examples in NFL history where a HOF QB was succeeded by another HOF QB. And even the Packers weren’t entirely motivated to take Rodgers – they were in the same situation as the Steelers are now, trying to win at least one more Super Bowl with the QB they had and they needed to get him help. They REALLY wanted DeMarcus Ware, but when the Cowboys drafted him it left Rodgers as the only player on their board with a 1st round grade.

  15. They should focus on finding the next Bill Belichick for Pete Carrol.
    If the Steelers had a competent coach they would have at least 2 more SB’s by now.

    No one has done less with more and kept their job.

  16. after last year’s draft all the ignorant Steeler fans thought what’s his name picked in the 5th round or something was the second coming.

  17. The Steelers used a #4 on Joshua Dobbs last year. Landry Jones will likely wind up filling in for at least a year when Ben hangs ’em up. Don’t think that the Steelers are going to take a QB in this draft. Their emphasis will probably be on adding as much more talent as they can for another SB run or three.

  18. The whole “grooming” is the biggest load of crap in the NFL. It was a disservice to Aaron Rodgers to sit him on the bench. He isn’t great because he sat behind Favre, he is great because he is Aaron Rodgers.
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    Rodgers would have been an abysmal failure if he had to play in 2005 or 2006.

    He absolutely was not ready.

  19. It doesn’t make any sense to me to talk about needing a top 5 pick to acquire a QB like Young or Rodgers. Rodgers was the 24th overall pick, and the 49ers traded a 2nd and a 4th round pick to Tampa Bay for Steve Young. Young was 3-16 with the Bucs. Even Big Ben went #11 in the draft. Heck, Montana was a 3rd rounder, and Favre went in the 2nd round. So forgive me if I’m scratching my head a little, trying to make sense of this article.
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    While I respect that narrative, name a mid-late round draftee who has had great success in the last 5-10 years?

    This League has lost its ability to develop QBs.

    Either you’re chose early and hit, or you’re another guy stuck in the wasteland.

  20. Favre is really tearing Rodgers a new one in that picture. Would love to see the look on Rodger’s face!

  21. No one has done less with more and kept their job.
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    Mike McCarthy has done less.

    His defense is an absolute disaster, and he’s wet the bed in more big games than any coach of recent memory.

    .. Tomlin has also never had a losing season. McCarthy; 2

  22. Everybody without exception lists these two examples of Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer quarterback transition. Joe Montana to Steve Young and Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.

    Has there ever been even one other in the history of the NFL?

  23. “Steelers would like to find a Young/ Rodgers to Ben’s Montana/Favre”

    Only problem is Young & Rodgers didn’t play on the same team and neither did Montana & Favre. Should be Young/Montana and Rodgers/Favre

  24. Good luck with that — the Vikings have been trying to do that since Daunte Culpepper blew out his knee.

  25. “aarons444 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 10:01 am While I respect that narrative, name a mid-late round draftee who has had great success in the last 5-10 years?”

    What? Wilson & Foles in the 3rd. Cousins in the 4th. Can name three times as many 1st rounders who’ve busted being forced to start in that same time span (Manziel, Bridgewater, Manuel, RG3, Weeden, Ponder, Gabbert, Sanchez, Freeman, & throw in Tebow, too).

  26. What? Wilson & Foles in the 3rd. Cousins in the 4th. Can name three times as many 1st rounders who’ve busted being forced to start in that same time span (Manziel, Bridgewater, Manuel, RG3, Weeden, Ponder, Gabbert, Sanchez, Freeman, & throw in Tebow, too)
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    Sure, many 1st rounders bust, as they always have (Leaf, Akili Smith, Heath Shuler..)

    But the number of late-rounders and diamonds in the rough is absolutely MINISCULE compared to the last couple decades;

    Mark Brunell
    Matt Hasselbeck
    Jake Delhomme
    Trent Green
    Kurt Warner
    Rich Gannon
    Tony Romo

    .. teams are simply not very good at developing QBs at this point.

    Look at Brett Hundley. 5th rounder. McCarthy is supposed to be a QB wizard (Aaron Brooks, Aaron Rodgers)… Hundley spent 3 years in their system, and he was average, to be complimentary of his play.

  27. Everybody without exception lists these two examples of Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer quarterback transition. Joe Montana to Steve Young and Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.

    Has there ever been even one other in the history of the NFL?
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    Brees to Rivers flies under the radar. (though Rivers is debatable as a HOFr)

  28. This is the year they should package the picks necessary to move up to 4 or 5 if they believe Josh Allen will still be available there. The successor to Ben in not likely coming where they’ll normally pick anynyear. Its time to do something daring because waiting till Ben hangs it up will mean its too late. Unless there prepared for another couple decades like we went through after Bradshaw was done

  29. When Indy had Peyton Manning they did not have a chance at a top prospect either. But when Manning was injured, they suddenly had the number 1 pick overall the next season. The Steelers therefore can wait until Big Ben is done to draft a top prospect when they finish at the bottom of the league’s standings.

    Some teams simply refuse to cash in on their good fortune and refuse to pick top qb prospects when they had the rare chance to do so. For example, Houston, St. Louis Rams under Jeff Fisher and the current Cleveland Browns front office. In contrast, Philadelphia and LAmbs have gotten into the playoffs by picking Carson Wentz and Jared Goff by moving up. Jacksonville came within a single score of going to the SB, because they picked Blake Bortles after Houston passed him up. One may argue that Bortles may not be among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, but he is a whole lot better than any of Houston’s quarterbacks over the past few years. Houston finally learned their lesson and moved up to pick a quarterback, bout who knows what they could have accomplished had they picked Bortles instead of DE Jadaveon Clowney. As good a player as Clowney is, no DE can march his team downfield with less than 2 minutes to play to win a game.

  30. Copy cat league. All of the big qb’s now are the ones that are compared to Ben and talked about how they can shake tackles and still make the play downfield. Ben has made a H.O.F. career out of it. Packers and Niners were fortunate to get back to back franchise quarterbacks but before the Favre/Rodgers and the Montana/Young both teams were very weak at QB. It’s an evaluation game but at the end we are all just hoping.

  31. Ben’s commitment level seemed to change right after Haley’s contract wasn’t renewed. I think that also made a difference in Munchak’s decision not to look for other jobs, and withdrawing his name from consideration for the Cards hc position. Losing Haley, his poor play calling and his drunken bar escapades was addition by subtraction.

    I want to see Josh Dobbs get a shot at beating out Landry Jones before Pittsburgh drafts another QB. They gave only 7 picks this draft and too many other issues to use them on.

    Go Steelers!

  32. Mark Malone following Terry Bradshaw was another example of Montana/Young and Favre/Rogers. But only if your idea of a great QB is a guy who throws a tight spiral that hits the turf and one-hops its way to the receiver.

    No one ever threw a prettier one-hop pass than Mark Malone. If he’d played cricket he’d be a living legend.

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