Q&A: Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger met with Pittsburgh reporters after Wednesday's practice. Here's the transcript:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: Will you shy away from throwing at Revis at all?

A: To me, it's about just playing the game. I don't mean any disrespect to him or anyone else out there, but we go in with a game plan and that's the game plan we try to execute. They've got a lot of great guys over there. If we had to try to shy away from Bart Scott when we run the ball or against Baltimore, where (Haloti) Ngata is at, guys like that, I think it affects your game. We're just going to go out and try to execute our game plan no matter what side of the ball it is and what guy it's against.

Q: Do you guys still script plays?

A: Yes.

Q: When you go three-and-out or have a short possession on the first series, do you scrap the script?

A: Usually, we get right back into it. The script, sometimes we'll bounce around on it a little bit, but usually, it's pretty consistent.

Q: Are you aware of how much you guys have struggled on the opening possession this season?

A: I've heard, but I couldn't give you any stats on how it is.

Q: It's much lower than in previous seasons.

A: I think we know that we're struggling a little bit on offense. We're moving the ball and doing some good things, but when we get down into the red zone, we're not taking that next step to get in. I don't know if it's, on first downs down there, if I'm looking to get it in instead of getting some yards. I'll take some of that blame. We have to make sure we don't panic and try and do too much because it's too important when you get down there to put at least some points on the board.

Q: Have you guys missed Santonio Holmes this season?

A: You miss a guy like Tone, he's a great football player. He's a guy who can do a lot of things. But Mike Wallace has done a pretty good job of stepping up for him.

Q: You've replaced him, but have you found that No. 3 receiver?

A: I think Emmanuel (Sanders) has been doing a great job. It's been kind of nice because we've had Emmanuel do a little bit of it. We've had (Antonio Brown) do a little bit of it. We have Antwaan (Randle El) do a little bit of it. All three of those guys have done a good job of stepping up and filling whatever role it is they need to fill.

Q: Have you seen how well he's doing with the Jets?

A: It's great. Tone is a friend of mine and we talk. Since the day he got here, I've wished him nothing but the best. I know he's doing some great things over there for Mark (Sanchez) and that organization. I know Mark's probably happy to have him around.

Q: What did you think about his trade?

A: That this is a job and they make the decision not us. I guess I could flip it back on you. You could lose your job at any time. It really is a job and the bosses are a boss for a reason.

Q: Might this be a game where you need to get rid of the ball quickly?

A: I guess so. I don't know if I could do that, but I could try I guess.

Q: If you don't, you could have a lot of company back there.

A: I know how to play the game one way. To tell me not to play it that way is a hard thing to do. I can go into any game and tell myself not to do it, but those juices start flowing. It's like when I'm running against the Bills and (Marcus) Stroud is chasing me. Everything in your body tells you to go out of bounds, but you don't. Why? I don't know. Because I don't want to.


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