I mentioned in passing somewhere on this blog, that I question how long Roethlisberger will play, giving how many shots he takes when he plays. Here's the wonderful guys at Pro Football Reference, looking at this exact issue (from May 11):
Ben RoethlisbergerIt's a sobering post.
The correlation coefficient between sack percentage through age 26, and the player’s age in their last season in the NFL, is -0.335. This negative correlation means that the quarterbacks who took a higher percentage of sacks at a young age did tend to retire at an earlier age.
I’ll leave you with the list of quarterbacks who took the most raw number of sacks through age 26:
Puts me in mind of a comment Cam Cameron made in an interview this past year. This was on one of the local "focus on the Ravens" shows that air during football season, where the two coordinators comment on last week's game and the upcoming opponent. Cam said (something like) “I believe in protecting the quarterback, especially a rookie. I'm not gonna apologize for that.” No need to apologize, Cam. No need.