Wildcat Rolls On -- With Objections

In Wednesday's Steelers notebook, Ben Roethlisberger talks about the pros and cons of the Wildcat; the tackles need relief; and a special award handed out.

PITTSBURGH -- The T-formation sprung to life in 1940, but it took 13 years for it to reach Pittsburgh.

There's a similar dynamic going on with the Wildcat, a power-running formation that defenses learned to stop a few years ago, and a power-running formation the Steelers installed last week.

It caught the Baltimore Ravens a bit off guard as Le'Veon Bell had some modest gains (4 carries, 18 yards). But Ben Roethlisberger complained about the formation on his radio show Tuesday.

"It's not that I don't like it," he explained later. "If it helps us win, I'm all for it. I just told coach I get actually physically tired running out to wide receiver all the time."

Can defenders take a free shot at him out there?

"They can," Roethlisberger said. "I'm a little bigger than those defensive backs. I wouldn't want them to try it."

As the Steelers continue to use the Wildcat, will Bell throw the ball to Roethlisberger?

"It's been a while, but I'm ready," said the former high school wide receiver. "They need to throw it to me, but closer to the end zone so I don't have to run very far."


Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert were limited at practice Wednesday with rib and quadriceps injuries, respectively, and were relieved and replaced by Mike Adams and Guy Whimper.

Whimper, of course, was one of the surprise stars of Sunday's win, while Adams played 20 snaps at tight end. He said it was a good way for him to begin the road back to relevance with the team.

"Yeah, it was cool to get a chance to get back out there," said Adams, who lost his left tackle job two games ago. "I'm just trying to get better every day. I know if I do the things I need to do, be more consistent, I'll get a chance in time. I'll just have to make the most of it."


Shaun Suisham was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all four field-goal attempts against the Ravens, including the 42-yard game-winner as time expired. Suisham has made all 14 of his attempts this season.

"A trophy and cash award!" said Suisham.

For real?

"No," he said. "They don't even call you."

Are the reporters the ones who tell you?

"That's exactly how I found out," he said.

It was the fourth Player of the Week honor of Suisham's career. He won it twice last year, for Week 5 against Philadelphia and for Week 13 against Baltimore.

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