- Luke Cyphers
Coming into the Super Bowl, the title of every team's defensive scouting report should have been as elementary as a first-grade pop-up book: Blitz Big Ben.
Sure, the mobility and strength of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enable him to create big plays when the pocket breaks down, but his gunslinger mentality also means plenty of lousy throws and interceptions.
Big Ben vs. Blitz (2008)
First 18 games, including postseason
Or it did until last night. Against the Cardinals, Roethlisberger was perfect against the blitz, completing all 10 of his passes when the Cardinals rushed five men or more, averaging 18.1 yards per attempt.
Blitzing Ben Roethlisberger was an obvious call ... until the QB turned the pass rush to his advantage.