The Way I See It, the Pittsburgh Steelers repeating as Super Bowl champions crashed when their starting quarterback had an unfortunate accident on his high-powered motorcycle. I'm not getting into the circumstances surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's incident. I simply hope he has a complete and speedy recovery. He won't be ready by the time the season starts, and so the hopes of Steeler football rides on the strength of four QB's currently on the Steeler's roster. That is unless a trade can be made, which isn't likely. So who is waiting to call signals for the reigning champs? The only true veteran on the roster is Charlie Batch, a nine-year pro out of East Michigan. Local Pittsburgh boy, Rod Rutherford, came on board two years ago out of the University of Pittsburgh. Then there's one-year pro, Shane Boyd from Kentucky and last, but not least, is Omar Jacobs, a rookie, out of Bowling Green.

Batch is the likely choice to begin the pre-season, but he's not as durable or skilled as "Big Ben". My choice would be the kid from BG who came out of college his junior year and was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round. Jacobs threw 71 touchdown passes for an average of 8.55 yards-per-attempt. He's stands 6-4, 224-pounds and can play the game. There isn't any signal-caller on the Steeler roster that has a chance of equaling or bettering Roethlisberger's 27-4 record as a starter, but Jacobs could be the guy Bill Cowher tabs as Roethlisberger's replacement early in the season. I again hope "Big Ben" recuperates quickly and leaves Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh physically fit . Any hopes for a Super Bowl repeat lie with him.

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