After doing tape study on Ben Roethlisberger, NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell is convinced the Steelers QB is now "more aware before the snap of the ball" and "more disciplined in the pocket" than he was just a few years ago.
"While he still has the ability to impress with his idiosyncratic combination of physicality and movement, his game is now less arbitrary, less random, more structured, and therefore more consistent," said Cosell. "In his early years, Roethlisberger was an instinctive, intuitive player who was special at times, but who had sandlot tendencies that limited his consistency. Now, after eight years as the Steelers' starter, he's a far more mature, disciplined quarterback." Of Big Ben's 60 pass plays of 20+ yards last season, only five came outside the pocket. Cosell believes the increased pre-snap acumen will lengthen Roethlisberger's career.