Big ben has always been mediocre imo, brady,wilson,kaepernick,flacco,rodgers,manning bros etc all smoke him and they say ben is one of the steelers greats lol. It really isn't that fun if your playing something very similar to real life on the financial side of it.
I like it better this way even though it is annoying. The games are a lot closer usually without having the computer do ridiculous bullshit. The old way ended up with you having an unstoppable super team a few years in for the entirety of the franchise run.