Ben: 'It's All About This Week'

Q&A with Ben Roethlisberger has Steelers red-hot quarterback "trying to win our first game."

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: How do you guys keep your edge after three emotional wins?

A: Because we're trying to win our first game. To me that's what it's all about, trying to get to 1-0, making this the most important game of the season, putting the focus and determination in. When I get asked about my personal (accomplishments) last week, it's over. Last week's over. The week before, that's over. It's all about this week right now. We're facing a good defense and a good team at their place, and so we need to come out and play our best football.

Q: It is over, but it's 12 touchdown passes in two weeks. No one had ever done that. Did you all take a minute to assess that?

A: I enjoyed the win when it was over, but you know me, I'll look at things when the season's over. I'll look back on them and enjoy them but for right now there's no time to look back. We've got to always look forward.

Q: Any running backs complaining that they're not getting theirs?

A: (Laughs) Well, I think it was the first touchdown, Bell made a great play and good catch. That's what I've always said about him. I think he's second in the league in yards from scrimmage still. Even though he's not getting a hundred yards a game he's making such critical plays in the pass game. He finds a way to contribute and help us no matter what.

Q: Do you have to send a message to guys that the Jets are better than their record?

A: No. If you have to send that, they're not doing their own work. They've just got to follow the older guys on the practice field and watch how we get ready, prepare and practice. I'm not going to miss a snap today in practice. That's the way it's got to be.

Q: How much credit does the defense deserve for turnovers, short fields and shifting momentum the last few games?

A: A lot. A lot. They're playing awesome. So much fun to watch when they turn the ball over. We have to capitalize on that because I think that's kind of icing on the cake. I think they enjoy when we score off of their turnovers. But it's fun watching our defense get after it and get sacks, watch the young fella, Harrison, get after quarterbacks. It's good to see.

Q: Has something evolved around you offensively? Or is there something you're doing better?

A: I'll always attribute it to the O-line playing well. I think they're always the catalyst and the wheels of the bus. When they protect and open up the run game, we can be as successful as we want. All I have to do is stand back there and throw the ball to guys that make plays for me.

Q: Notice that Todd Haley has gone without the hat the last two weeks?

A: (Laughs) He's got a little gel on his hair now. He was shaking a little bit in the game. I didn't know if he was cold or what it was. He won't have a hat on this week, I'm sure.

Q: Do you have superstitions when you're this hot?

A: We all have superstitions. I don't know any athlete who doesn't have superstitions.

Q: Would it be bad luck to tell us what your superstitions are?

A: (Laughs) Probably. I don't know. Maybe I shouldn't tell you.

Q: You're getting national attention and recognition with guys like Manning and Brady. Does that matter to you?

A: Didn't matter to me when I wasn't; doesn't matter that I am. I'm just trying to win football games. You guys know me well enough that wins and losses mean more to me than any individual stats.

Q: Has any of this surprised you? The output or production from anyone?

A: We have to expect to be great. You have to expect to catch a touchdown pass or catch a pass every time it comes to you, or run for a hundred yards, whatever it is. So when the expectation's there you have to believe in it and trust it, and then go out and execute. If we can execute at a high level, than we can be successful.

Q: How much has Martavis Bryant getting open downfield helped the offense?

A: A lot. He can help keep guys off Antonio. Markus Wheaton can help keep guys off Antonio. DHB. When you can run the ball, it opens up the play-action and it can open up everybody.

Q: Have you been able to add to Martavis' plate over the last three weeks?

A: A little bit. But why change something that's working pretty good.

Q: Where does it start with Antonio, as far as how he can dominate?

A: It starts the second he steps on the field, and that's the practice field. You see him busting his butt. How many No. 1 receivers in the NFL are catching punts in practice and running them all the way back for a touchdown -- in practice? And then Dri steps up and he tells him to get out because he wants another one. You don't see that. His work ethic and demeanor and attitude are just unbelievable.

Q: Does he do that during OTAs?

A: He's non-stop. I have to tell him to stop because I don't want him to wear himself out. He literally is non-stop. I'll grab him and pull him aside and make up a fake conversation just to keep him out of running so many kicks back and wearing himself down.

Q: How is he so successful at his size?

A: It's his work, his hands, his feet. He stiff-armed a guy for his touchdown the other day; didn't even look at him. He makes contested catches. He plays way bigger than he is. It's just fun to see the success that he has because he's not your prototypical No. 1, big, 6-4 receiver. He's a guy that plays with a lot of heart and a lot of passion and I think it shows.

Q: Best receiver you ever played with?

A: He's up there. Right at the top of the list. There've been a lot of great ones, but if you look at what he's done and what he can do, it's undeniable. He's right there close to the top, if not the top.


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