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Roethlisberger is doing nothing more than motivating himself


Over the past two weeks, and including the opening of organized team activities Tuesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the opportunity to let it be known to whoever was within ear-shot that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook isn’t an entry-level course.

I believe that words “Rosetta Stone” were used on a couple of occasions on how he views the Haley playbook.

Translation? It’s pretty doggone tough.

Columnist Dejan Kovacevic had a wonderful piece in today’s Trib opining that the quarterback needs to get over complaining about the complexity of Haley’s playbook.

Kovacevic simply said: “Time to cope.”

Like it or not, but this is how Roethlisberger copes.

Maybe we need him to get over the fact that this isn’t Bruce Arians’ playbook anymore, but, in reality, Roethlisberger need to make it feel like an impossible challenge in order to motivate himself.

Is it strange? Absolutely.

Should he change his ways? Absolutely not.

Agree with it or disagree with it, but Roethlisberger engraining it in the psyche of the public that he is faced with impossible odds motivates him to do his best – always has.

He’s done it for years and years with his injuries and/or sicknesses. I am not suggesting that he wasn’t hurting at times, but it’s well-known that he likes to exaggerate those injuries at times as well.

Again, it’s a way for him to protect himself and motivate himself all at once. It works for him, so why not accept it for what it is worth?

This whole playbook thing is a safety net for him just in case he does fail or does struggle early on. It’s just the way the guy motivates himself. He has no malice intentions.

And seriously, do you really think come Sept. 9 (a Sunday night in front of a national audience) in Denver that Ben Roethlisberger is going to be struggling with Todd Haley’s playbook? He’s not going to understand the terminology or a route combination? Come on, let’s give the guy a little credit here.

With OTAs, minicamp, training camp and preseason games, Roethlisberger will have somewhere in between 45-50 opportunities of on-the-job training over the next few months.

I think he might just pick it up by then, don’t you?

• Mark Kaboly
• Published: May 23, 9:21 a.m.
• @MarkKaboly_Trib




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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