Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One strong message...

...will there be a second?

Kudos to the NFL for handing down a tough (but fair, in my opinion) suspension to Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He could miss as many as six games during the upcoming NFL season for his less-than-gentlemanly conducted to women.

The more intriguing issue associated with this story is whether the Steelers' organization will trade their talented quarterback. Remember, this is an organization that prides itself on a clean image, and that idea has not been consistent with this team over the past 2-3 years.

The team did trade away its talented wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets this off-season. Holmes' consistently troubled behavior off-the-field ushered him out of the city long before most football fans here thought it would.

The organization also has to explore what it wants to do with a kicker who can't seem to keep his name out of the legal morass.

Getting rid of a wide receiver or a kicker is not the same thing as trading away a quarterback. If you know the game of football, then you certainly know why. Thus if the Steelers' front office does move Roethlisberger, it would be sending a powerful message to the team and the city that it intends to restore internal order.

Here's hoping that happens.

1 comment:

Klem said...

This Browns’ fan is on board with you, kind sir, in hoping the Steelers trade the fella. With one victory in a row over the Steelers that’d put us one step closer to making that two in a row. It’s only been about 20 years since we’ve put together such a dominant string of performances over Team Rooney.