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Wednesday Q&A with Ben Roethlisberger


Mark Kaboly | Tribune Review

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked to the media on Wednesday.

Opening statement
They’re a good defense, especially up front. They have a real good front seven, and their D-line gets after it. And we have to prepare for anything in their secondary, from man coverage to zone.

What remember about last game in Oakland?
I remember throwing six or seven picks or something like that, and it being a crazy, hostile place, and losing the game.

If like nowadays, probably wouldn’t have let Ben play?
Probably not. Probably not.

Recall being fuzzy or anything like that?
I don’t remember. Seriously, though, it was so long ago. I didn’t remember that I had a concussion the week before until you all brought it up. Honestly, I think the interceptions overshadowed everything.

Take a knee?
It’s tough. I kind of see both sides of it. If I was that quarterback, I wouldn’t be happy with it. But if that was my defense, I’d probably say way to go to the end of the game. But it’s hard. You never want to hurt anybody, especially this early in the season, so it’s not like it was a playoff game. There’s times when we’ll take a knee at the end of a half, and we’ll tell the defense (that) we’re doing it. We’re taking a knee. And everybody backs off. So, I think, at this level, that’s probably proper etiquette. … Someone could get hurt. It could start a fight. You really don’t know what could happen.

Unwritten rule or communicated?
Both. If you’re going down, there’s no need … I’ve had that happen before, where guys have jumped over and tried to hit us. It’s not fun. You tell your guys to fight to the end, and I can see doing that if it’s a running play. But not on a kneel-down. There’s no need for that to happen. If they change to rule on kneel-downs, I would do the same thing they do now. But I would put the quarterback about 10 yards back. Put two protectors back there and just snap it back to him and let him take a knee back there. You’d lose 10 yards, but who cares?

3rd-down success running a lot on first and second down?
Yes, we have. That’s the key, to not be predictable. … And we put our trust in the coaches that they’ll figure out what we need to do. It feels like the play clock’s getting started a lot faster than it has in the past. It’s not all the time, like the plays are taking too long to get in, but it’s natural, too. We’re getting so many guys in and out that it’s bound to happen.

Richard Seymour, kicked out here
We’ve talked since then. I saw him at the Pro Bowl, and we’re better off now. He’s not a bad person, so it was more of a shocking thing, more of a surprise. But we’ve talked since then, so we’re OK.

might be without 2 corners
To me, we approach it like it’s anybody else. We’ll protect and attack and do whatever we can do.

On Heath Miller, one TD in each game?
I’m trying to get him to the Pro Bowl. He’s deserved it for a long time, but Heath is a weapon. And we have to continue to use him, out in the field, in the red zone. Like I’ve always says, he blocks like a lineman and catches like a receiver, and as long as we keep utilizing him it’ll be big (for the offense).




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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