Ben Roethlisberger talked to reporters after practice about the regular-season opener in Baltimore. The Steelers quarterback was pretty vanilla and that may have been by design since any comments that can be construed as inflammatory this week will be magnified if not blown out of proportion.
Here are a couple of questions Roethlisberger answered during a four-minute interview:
Q: It seems like both offenses have gotten better over the last couple of years but when the Steelers and Ravens play, more often than not, it seems to be a low-scoring game. Why is that?
A: “I think you do get caught up a little bit in being too conservative and not turning the ball over. I think at some point you’ve got to flip that around and say well let’s just try to go score points on offense. We’ll see as we get closer what approach we’re going to take.”
Q: Do you prefer to have this game later in the season or do you like getting the Ravens out of the gate?
A: “As long as everybody stays healthy that’s always a key when you play these guys it’s a physical game. You want to be the best you’ve got to beat the best and we consider them one of the best. You get a divisional game right from the get-go and both teams are in the same boat. It’s a first game for both teams and we’re here and we’ll be ready to play.”
Q: Is there a different feel in the locker room and to practice this week because it’s the Ravens?
A: “Yeah, it’s a divisional game and anytime we played divisional opponents it means a little more for all of us. But it’s a first game of the year, doesn’t matter who you are playing we’re going to get up and get excited for it.”
Q: What does it mean to have the support to get voted a captain?
A: “It means a lot to be a captain of this team with all of the past captains and great players that have played here on this team.”
— Scott Brown