Tom Brady is on pace for his worst statistical season in 12 years.
"To me, he's the best quarterback in the league and he's done it for a long time," Roethlisberger said Tuesday on KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh. "That's no disrespect to some of these other guys that are doing some amazing things in the NFL right now. But to me, it's about wins and championships -- and he's got more championships than anybody."
Brady won three Super Bowl titles in his first four seasons as a starter with the New England Patriots, though none since the 2004 season. Roethlisberger believes Brady deserves credit for keeping the Patriots atop the AFC East this season.
"For the first how many weeks of the season he was playing with receivers that nobody had ever really heard of, so you've got to give him credit for getting his team to 6-2," Roethlisberger said. "He's got great vision, he's got big arm strength, a great understanding of offense and defense."
"I feel the same way about him," Brady said of Roethlisberger. "He's one of the best quarterbacks to play in this game, and he's done it for a long time too. ... He's been leading a good team for a long time. They've been at the top of their division for a long time. They're always tough to beat. He's been in some big games and won them."
Brady's resume is legendary, but it's hard to ignore the fact he's been a middle-of-the-road quarterback for eight weeks. We're not going to overreact and say Brady is dropping off the cliff at 36, but he's not the NFL's best quarterback right now either. Not even close.
As for Big Ben, his "always tough to beat" team sits in the AFC North basement at 2-5. Both these quarterbacks have seen better days.