Steelers put QB in good situation

ESPN analyst Merril Hoge takes a look at the Steelers' handling of Big Ben, Brett Favre's struggles and more.

Updated: December 1, 2004, 11:54 AM ET
By Merril Hoge | ESPN Insider
Editor's Note -- ESPN analyst Merril Hoge answers questions about the Steelers' QB play, Brett Favre's recent play and more.

Are you impressed with the Pittsburgh Steelers?

I'm extremely impressed with the play of the Steelers and especially with the way they're bringing along rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger. If they keep playing this way, every team with a young quarterback will be using the Steelers' game tapes for info on how to bring a young quarterback along mentally. Because the mental aspect of the game is so important to the development of a QB, it's vitally important a young QB is brought along correctly.
Former NFL fullback Merril Hoge is an analyst for a wide variety of NFL programs on television and ESPN Radio. An eight-year NFL veteran, Hoge spent 1987-93 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined ESPN in 1996.