Part 1 of this cliffhanger demonstrated how the Pittsburgh Steelers have become a second-rate power among NFL franchises.
Ten teams have been reaching the playoffs more consistently than the Steelers in recent years. The Patriots, Ravens, Packers, Falcons, Saints, Colts and Bengals all made it to the postseason at least three of the last four years while the Steelers have only made it twice.
The 49ers, Broncos and Texans have made the playoffs in each of the last two years and all have won at least one playoff game.
There’s a common theme among these teams. Their quarterbacks usually play 16 games a season.
Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t played a 16-game season since 2008, the last time the Steelers won a Super Bowl. That’s not a coincidence. For the Steelers to regain their status as a model NFL franchise, Roethlisberger needs to play every game.
The Steelers are well aware of this. One of the reasons they brought in Todd Haley as offensive coordinator was to make their offense more eff...