Ben Roethlisberger anticipates Mike Wallace's departure having a noticeable and negative effect on the Steelers' offense.
Wallace is often criticized as a one-trick-pony deep threat, but the fact that he tilted coverage and commanded double teams made Wallace a valuable piece in Pittsburgh's offense. "On the field, he was something special," Big Ben explained. "People don’t realize how important it is to have a guy with his ability on the football field. ... Safeties have to respect Mike’s speed. Cornerbacks and the defense are scheming to stop Mike Wallace going deep. It opens up other receivers, so to lose a guy like that is really going to be tough for all of us."