Ben Roethlisberger is the player who won the Team MVP title award in the year 2009, but since then, the high competition has prevented him from getting another win.
In the year 2010, Troy Polamalu got the award followed by Heath Miller’s victory in 2012, while Le'Veon Bell won in 2014 and two years later, he defended his position, and Antonio Brown in each of the seasons between the year 2009 and year 2017 winning four awards in total. Although Roethlisberger plays the most important position in the team, he has lost the favor of his teammates that almost exclusively have been on his offense. While predicting this year’s team MVP winner, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN strongly believes that it will be Roethlisberger's year.
Both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have reserved a win in the past four MVP awards, as the locker room voted it, but this year is set aside to ensure that Roethlisberger will earn a lot of votes. Because he was among the hottest quarterbacks in the entire league towards the termination of last season, and Martavis Bryant is already gone; as a result, Big Ben will have a great task to elevate the game of the supporting cast. As he's motivated to become a champion in the seventh Super Bowl of the franchise, the quarterback as well expects to get into negotiations about an extension to start next season. To have a prosperous and a healthy season with robust Odds to Win Super Bowl will always be of great help during the year of the contract.
Indeed, Roethlisberger will be having a more laborious task in this season than he had last year. James Washington
has joined the team to replace Martavis Bryant, and the offensive line stalwart by the name Chris Hubbard will not be waiting to get in as a reserve to replace an injured starter who will, unfortunately, miss these games. Toss that is currently in the Steelers
and also the complicated situation with Le'Veon Bell will need the team leader to step up for both of them, which may make Roethlisberger a top candidate with a high possibility of winning the award in the next season.
The Bryant factor as well equates to more opportunity for Brown, who was a candidate for the team's award last season as well as the league MVP award. Despite missing the two games towards the end of the season and almost a third one against the New England Patriots
, he was leading the NFL in receiving yards. If he had stayed in that game and led the Steelers to get a win, possibly he would have become the first player ever to win the NFL MVP award. According to the precedent that was recorded last year and even in the past, a historically great Roethlisberger season will be bitten by a historically great Brown season with the MVP award for the team, and if Brown eats into the stats with Bryant left behind, his numbers will only be getting more monstrous.
Therefore, Brown should be considered as the favorite until someone else overthrows him from the position. Besides, he is the best overall player in the NFL games and also the best wide receiver, which makes him more advantaged than the elite Roethlisberger, who is considered as a tier below Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. But on the other hand, Roethlisberger will be tough this season, mainly because he has something to prove after the team eventually decided to replace him with Mason Rudolph.