Wednesday with Ben, Nov. 1

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback talks about the loss to Oakland, his inconsistency, his decision-making, and other topics.

Coming off his first career four-interception game, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday to discuss his play:

It's the same old story with how you guys lose, is that getting really frustrating?

Any time you lose it's frustrating. It's especially frustrating when you feel like it's your fault. We feel we're a good team with a bad record. We still think we can turn it around and play good football.

Do you feel like it's you're fault?

Yeah, absolutely, definitely.

You've been a guy who maybe enjoys living on the edge a little bit in your personal life, on the football field, making some throws some other guys wouldn't make, is that catching up to you a little bit?

Maybe. I don't know. You just go out there and you play the game the way you know how to play it. That's how I play it and I'm not going to change. That's how I play football. It's worked for me in the years of my life and hopefully we'll turn it around and I'll play better football.

Is there a law of averages thing though? Sometimes you throw a ball and a defender gets a hand on it and tips it. Other times, he picks it off.

That's the game of football. They get paid too.

Bill (Cowher) said you might be trying to do too much. Do you think that's the case?

Not really. You have confidence. You ask any quarterback out there. Charlie (Batch) will laugh with me when I come off the field. He'll say, ‘I can tell you're feeling it. You're making throws that normally, most people don't throw.' I felt that good against Kansas City and against Atlanta. You get into a rhythm and you feel good.

Is there bad luck sometimes?

Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way. You can call it bad luck or you can say that's just the way it goes.

Bill says you need to make better decisions. That's an easy thing to say, but how do you actually do that?

It's tough. You see one thing when you're out there on the field and you see it a different way when you watch it on film. You talk about it when you see the pictures. I'm going to go out there and continue to play the way that I play and hopefully, I'll just make better decisions.

Do you need to go through your progressions in a different way, quicker?

I don't know that there's anything we can point out. If I knew what it was, I'd change it. It's just something where I need to throw to the right guy and not get too risky at times.

You've been inside the pocket more this year. Is that by design or is that what defenses are giving you?

A little bit of both. We're staying there a little more and that's what teams are rushing wide to keep me in there to take away the scrambling aspect of it.

They want to take away that running around stuff where you're out of the pocket and pointing for guys to go to places on the field?

People forget that the last two years we were pretty good. Last year we won a Super Bowl, I think. It worked out for us. The coaches call a good game plan that we put together and we do a good job of preparation all week. It's time for me to start transitioning that to Sunday.

Are you able to see things on tape that teams are doing differently this year than before? Is it obvious or is it a subtle thing?

A little bit of both. They're watching Hines (Ward) a little more. They know I want to go to him. The more we start utilizing other weapons – Santonio (Holmes) is playing well catching the ball down the field and Cedrick (Wilson) as well, and Nate (Washington) has been getting open over the middle a lot – the more we start doing those things, teams will start keying on those things and trying to slow things down. The more we start using other weapons, the more Hines will open up.

Denver's defense has been pretty unstoppable until Indianapolis got them a little bit last week, can you talk about them?

The Broncos are doing a lot different than what they did last year. Last year they brought a lot of pressure and different guys at you. You needed to kind of guess where guys were coming from. This year it's almost like they're just lining up and saying, ‘We've got better players than you, try and beat us.' So we're going to have to try and run the ball and establish the run game and hopefully, they'll come down (into the box) and we can pass the ball.

How good is Champ Bailey? Do you be aware of where he is?

Yeah. He's extremely good. It seems like every team we play has one of those cornerbacks who is unbelievable. We have to be aware of where he's at. But it's not like we're going to be super afraid to throw the ball to the right side. It's just being smart, but always being aware of where he's at.

Because you played so well in the games before the hit from (Chauncey) Davis, people are wondering if there was any lingering effect. Was it, or did you just not play well against Oakland?

I'm not a doctor. They gave me clearance so therefore, I trust their judgment. I trust mine to be out there. I just didn't play well against Oakland.

The other thing people are asking is if you are feeling a little hesitant to run? For instance, could you have run on that final pass to Santonio? It looked like it on TV.

I've heard that people said watching it live that I could have run it in but I had a linebacker about a yard in front of me. I guess I could tried to make some people miss, but Mike Prisuta said it best this morning, that's not my forte, making someone miss. I felt the best play was to throw to Santonio. I guess I should have thrown a better ball.

You're not hesitant to run the ball?

Not at all.

When you're an old guy, how do you feel you'll look back on the last couple of years?

I have no idea, I'm 24 years old.

Has your confidence been shaken at all?

No, just because I'm frustrated in the way I played doesn't mean I'm not as confident. I have confidence in all the guys around me. I have confidence in the offensive line. The receivers are going to catch the ball when I put it around them. I have confidence in myself that we can get it done.

Bill was pretty emphatic when he was asked if he thought about pulling you. He said no. Did you get nervous about that at all?

I want what's best for the team. If that's Charlie Batch being in there, then that's Charlie Batch being in there. I want what's best for this team to help it win. I'm not going to cry and complain about getting pulled. My job is to go out and play good football so that there isn't even a decision to be made.

On Chris Carr's interception, he said he read that play by watching it on film. Do you buy into that at all? Are you guys predictable?

I don't know. I don't think we'd ever called that play down there, so I don't know how predictable it is.

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