Roethlisberger: "I Bring Dependability"

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked about shaking off the rust after missing the last three games during his conference call with the media. Find out what he had to say about the Colts, Peyton Manning, the Steelers defense and more!

(on sitting out for the past three weeks)
"Well I have never liked to sit out. Every time Coach (Bill Cowher) thinks about it, I try to beg him to get back in there. The first week was especially hard because they were at Green Bay so I couldn't make the trip because I had just got off surgery two days earlier and they didn't want me flying. So that was tough to watch it at home in my own living room, and then to watch them on the sidelines, have the pads on last week, want to get in there to be with the guys. It is really hard to watch the game from the sidelines. I just want to be out there with the guys. I want them to know that they can count on me. Every time you go out there you consider it a battle. You're in that foxhole and you want those guys to know that they can count on you and you can count on them."

(on what he brings to the field)
"I think that I bring dependability. They know I am going to go out there and be tough, and that I am going to do everything I can to win the game for them. I think they are starting to accept me as their leader and as their quarterback."

(on his confident attitude)
"I think as a quarterback you have to be confident. You have to be almost that border-line cocky, confident guy because every play you are touching the ball and the ball is in your hands and a lot of times when it comes down to it, they are asking you to win the game. You have to have the confidence that you have the ability to get it done when it needs to be done."

(on if he will be rusty in this game vs. Colts)
"I don't know. You are always going to be a little rusty. You can't simulate game speed and good defenses as Indianapolis has. So I imagine there will be some rust, hopefully it's just how quick can you knock it off."

(on playing the Colts on Monday night)
"Well, we know that this is a big game for us. Indianapolis is obviously a great team, offensively and defensively, and the big thing is we have to come out and play our game. I'm excited to watch Peyton (Manning) play. I think it will be fun."

(on the Steeler's defense)
"I think they face a defense that jumps around a lot. [They] will show you one thing and do something else. You never quite know what you're going to get. From my perspective they are fun to watch, as long as I'm not going against them."

(on if there is a different feeling going into this game)
"Well, there is obviously a lot of excitement. Because it is the Indianapolis Colts and they are undefeated, I am expecting myself to get back in there hopefully and it's Monday Night Football. So there are a lot of aspects of this game that make it a big time game. I think that we have to come in and approach it like it's the biggest game of the year for us. We have to come out and execute the gameplan and hopefully play our best football, because that's what it is going to take to beat a team like Indianapolis. The key is just to play mistake-free football. If you can go out there and make absolutely no mistakes, that doesn't guarantee you are going to win the game, but it gives you a better chance of winning the game. That's hard to do, play mistake free, especially against such a great team like Indianapolis."

(on how he sees the game playing out)
"I'm not sure. I think it's really hard to tell. I think any game can go either way, but I think one thing you notice when you watch the Colts' offense is that they are control oriented. They can score as fast as they have to, they can hold on to the ball if they need to. So I think they have a lot of different dimensions they can throw at you. With us being a run team, you expect it to be a low scoring game."

(on making plays)
"Sometimes whether the play breaks down or you misread something, you have to throw the play out the window and kind of improvise. I think a lot of that credit goes to the offensive line because they do such a great job of improvising with you as a quarterback and when you make moves, they don't hold or go down field. So I think they get a lot of credit when you do have to improvise."


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