Dieting Ben Roethlisberger determined to fatten up Steelers’ Super Bowl odds

Eat this Mike Tannenbaum, who simply predicted {that a} paunchy Big Ben Roethlisberger will probably be driving the Steelers’ bench, as an alternative of scrambling within the pocket, by mid-season. Colin Cowherd, too, who piled on, saying Ben and the Steelers will come limping down the stretch within the quarterback-rich AFC North.

All this was earlier than information broke about Big Ben’s new food regimen.

Turns out the once-rotund Roethlisberger, who turned a poster little one for paunch in seasons’ previous, is useless collection a couple of lean, mean meal plan designed to cut back his waistline and fatten up the Steelers’ odds for a 2021 Super Bowl run.

Ben’s decided weight-reduction plan comes because the 18-year Steelers’ veteran QB is alleged to be extremely motivated to get into tiptop form to show all his carping critics, comparable to Cowherd and Tannenbaum, mistaken.

Word is Big Ben’s food regimen is even stricter than the Father Time-reversing meals plan Tom Brady is on.

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We know the thin on Brady: The 43-year-old, fueled by his secret smoothies, went all the way down to Tampa Bay and captured his seventh Super Bowl ring. This single-handedly equaled the Steelers’ franchise haul of coveted Lombardis.

But earlier than Big Ben turns into the following Richard Simmons, a few of this sounds as if Steelers’ followers are being fed a complete lot of hype. In reality, the aroma wafting from Roethlisberger’s kitchen smells much less like kale and extra just like the last-gasp, determined makes an attempt of a past-his-prime, middle-age man attempting to place a few of the spilled sand again into the hourglass.

Still, some in Pittsburgh are consuming up the information, relishing that Ben is staying hungry and drawing sustenance from the sizable chip on his shoulder. They insist it’s a miracle food regimen akin to ‘Deal-A-Meal’ that can flip up the profitable playing cards on a Steelers’ Super Bowl run.

Others are waving away this unpalatable heaping pile of hype (there’s one other title for it), insisting that nothing the 39-year-old Roethlisberger eats — or doesn’t eat — will forestall Pittsburgh from ravenous for wins in 2021.

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Take the Big Ben food regimen information with a grain of salt.

After all, it’s not like we didn’t all simply see Big Ben on the Steelers’ minicamp final month. And, effectively, Roethlisberger appeared the identical as ever. There had been all the standard lumps below his No. 7 jersey.

See for your self:

These two are similar to wanting in a mirror, aren’t they:

So does all of the Big Ben food regimen hype sound as skinny to you?

Still, the 39-year-old quarterback has improved his physique from a few seasons in the past, when a bearded Big Ben seemed to be the image of paunch. So possibly there’s something to this food regimen factor.

More possible, Roethlisberger in all probability ought to be involved with one other look. That’s the obvious, pre-snap inform some opponents supposedly noticed on movie each time Roethlisberger was lined up within the shotgun making ready to fireside off a move. Big Ben’s sloppy foot work predicted the play again and again.

Heck, even armchair QBs on social media might spot it:

Add this to the checklist of issues new offensive coordinator Matt Canada should clear up in Big Ben’s recreation. With rookie working again Najee Harris now within the Steelers’ backfield, Ben must go below heart and do a complete lot extra run-pass choice to make this 2021 Steelers’ assault go.

In reality, Ben ought to be transferring within the pocket extra this season than he did within the final a number of seasons, mixed. Back then, Ben had his personal hand-picked offensive coordinator who allowed Roethlisberger to develop means too snug within the shotgun. The Steelers turned all too predictable, because of this.

All this should change for the Steelers to have an opportunity. Most specialists say their likelihood is a fats one, certainly.

As for the Steelers’ plan past Big Ben? Well, it simply took a punch within the enamel:

The particulars:

Yet, it’s nonetheless Big Ben who’s being buried by loads of pigskin pundits. But their sound and fury signifies nothing till the footballs fly for actual this fall:

So you’re saying there’s hope:

Here’s one Ben-Backer who’s had Roethlisberger’s again by way of skinny, thick and thicker:

Chomping on the bit has gotta be higher than chomping on celery, proper?

The backside line on Ben’s center is that this: The new Roethlisberger food regimen is all in regards to the ageing, 6-5, 240-pound quarterback lightening up so he can transfer round extra and make performs on this newfangled Matt Canada offense. Either the food regimen will make a barely smaller Big Ben into a brand new man below heart. Or it’ll be a fats likelihood in relation to the Steelers’ already diminishing Super Bowl hopes.

Let’s all hope the flames now lit inside Roethlisberger’s growling abdomen aren’t starvation pangs. But moderately an enormous urge for food to show all of his many critics mistaken.

Otherwise, Steelers’ followers will discover themselves ravenous for wins, because the 2021 season turns into famine.

That’s the sort of food regimen that by no means goes down effectively in pigskin-crazy Pittsburgh.

John Luciew is an award-winning reporter for PennLive and a 25-year Steelers season ticket-holder. His column and podcast are offered from the obsessively over-informed perspective of an avid Steelers’ fan. Check out his newest Steelers podcast each Wednesday afternoon wherever podcasts are discovered.

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