While answering questions during Thursday’s media scrum, Saints DE Cameron Jordan was taking questions about his upcoming opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers. One question, in particular, seemed to strike a nerve for the Pro Bowl defensive end.
#Saints Cam Jordan is not buying the idea that #Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is a future Hall of Famer. Apparently, he’s not even one of the Top 5 QB of his era – “I’d honestly put Eli before I put Ben” #PITvsNO #HereWeGo ➡️https://t.co/eUxl5N3Nxs⬅️ pic.twitter.com/uoBdAEu4jN
— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) December 20, 2018
Reporter: What does this offense do well? We know they run it well. We know they have a couple thousand yard receivers. They have a quarterback who might be going to the Hall of Fame…
Real rookie stuff from this “reporter.” Don’t answer your own questions dude. But somehow, that’s not the most offensive part of the question. Cam’s reaction when the reporter said Ben Roethlisberger might be going to the Hall of Fame says it all.
Jordan did not hold back proving Roethlisberger doesn’t belong in Canton.
Jordan: You’d but him as a top 3 in this era? Top 5 of this era? Who’d be in your top 5? Drew, Tom, A-aron, Peyton. You’re saying he’s better than Phillip Rivers right now career wise? I’d honestly put Eli before I put Ben, but ok.
Killer Key & Peele reference, but I digress. I would not put Ben Roethlisberger’s career over most of those guys. Yes, he has two rings, but Nick Foles and Trent Dilfer both have Super Bowl wins. He can’t rest on his playoff laurels lately either. He is 5-6 in the past 10 years in the playoffs. He’s only 2-4 in the playoffs against the quarterbacks Cam Jordan listed. He has consistently been surrounded by better weapons than all of them too.
I’ve always viewed Roethlisberger the same way I view Tony Romo, very good but never elite. Ben’s best season was in 2014 when he finished tied with Drew Brees as the passing yards leader, but even then Aaron Rodgers won the MVP over him.
A Hall of Famer is supposed to be arguably the best in the league during his era and Ben never was. A simple name game tells you he wasn’t. Would you rather have Big Ben over any of these quarterbacks in their prime: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Donovan Mcnabb. You can debate a few of them, but the point is he was a second-tier player. Most teams would have loved to have him, but he was never the best.
Ben has had one hell of a career, but it’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Very Good.
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