The Steelers fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in their Week 3 showdown, 24-10, with Roethlisberger being non-impactful again as he continues to struggle. The 39-year-old completed just 38 of his 58 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown–all while throwing two interceptions.
Simply put, Roethlisberger is no longer the same player he once was. There were fears on his condition last season a year after his elbow injury, and it appears he has taken another step back in his performance this 2021.
Harrison, who has been working as an analyst for NBC since his NFL retirement in 2009, noticed that father time has already caught up to Big Ben. Not only is Roethlisberger slow on his foot, but his struggle to throw the ball downfield was obvious against the Bengals.
“He looks extremely old,” Rodney Harrison said of the Steelers icon, per Pro Football Talk.
It remains to be seen what the Steelers will do with Ben Roethlisberger after they fell 1-2 on the season, but there's no doubt they can't afford to have their QB commit the same mistakes he had against the Bengals. Big Ben's ugly interception on third down in the third quarter was noteworthy, especially since it led to a Cincinnati touchdown for the 24-7 lead.
Roethlisberger is already 39 years old, so it's not surprising he is showing signs of slowing down and aging. However, if that is the case, the team might have to make a decision about their future with their QB.