Q&A: Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday for his weekly briefing. Here's what the quarterback of the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers had to say:

Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: What do you see from San Francisco?

I'll tell you what, they're a great defense. The couple of days that we've watched them, they're an opportunistic defense. They find ways to get the ball, create turnovers. They're always moving around, kind of a little Baltimoresc, if you will. They throw different looks at you and it's not going to be easy.

Q: Was it the playcalling or the execution in the red zone?

It was all me. Bruce (Arians) said that it was him on a couple of plays, but you've just got to make plays when you've got guys open. Luckily, it didn't hurt us in the win-loss category. I'm not going to take that chance any more. I've got to start making plays down there.

Q: You said you were going to throw (the deep pass) no matter what. Was that the plan?

Yeah, that was pretty much the plan, to give it a pump and let it go. That's what I did. That safety made a great play on it, coming all the way across the field. We always harp to the receivers, it's our ball or nobody's. To Santonio's (Holmes) credit, I don't think he saw that safety coming or he would have broken it up. He kind of came on top of it and made a great play, otherwise Santonio would have broken it up.

Q: You're not reading the safety or anything, you're just dropping back and throwing.

On that one, we said let's let it go. It's one of those deep balls off of play- action, you've got a chance to step up and pump deep and let it go.

Q: On his anticipation for Sunday.

It's going to be a big challlenge for us and we all know that. We know how good their defense is and they don't give up big plays. That's kind of been our M.O. so far, so we're going to have to be able to grind it out and run the ball and just take what they give us on defense. If that's the short little passes that lead to the big one, then hopefully it does. We're going to take what they give us and go from there.

Q: On running Willie Parker until his wheels come off.

As long as we win, I don't care how we do it, as long as we win. I'm sure Bruce has a good plan going in. We've had a good day of it so far and we'll continue to improve.

Q: On the difference between having a great third-down conversion percentage and the red zone problems.

There's a big difference between third down and red zone. It's kind of a tough question to answer. I think the offensive line has done a good job on third down of giving me time to sit back there and find the receivers that are getting open. The red zone is just me making plays.

Q: The pressure they got on (Marc) Bulger last week, is that a result of something exotic they're doing or were they taking advantage of an offensive line without Orlando Pace?

Only they can answer what their game plan was. From watching it, they did a lot of different things, the mixer is what we call it. They've got a lot of guys moving around and doing different things, just trying to make plays and it seemed like they did a good job of that from the film that we watched.

Q: Both teams are 2-0 and there are 10 Super Bowls between the teams, what about the significance of playing the 49ers?

The 49ers were my favorite team growing up, I was a Joe Montana and Jerry Rice guy. This is my first time getting to play them, so I'm kind of excited about that. Everyone knows about the rich tradition of both teams, but the two teams are are different than they were back in the day. It's going to be an exciting day.

Q: Montana's favorite team was the Steelers growing up.

Only difference was that he's from here and I wasn't from San Fran.

Q: On the different offensive packages the team has used.

Bruce has done a great job of giving us situations where we can get open and give me time and I think he's done a good job of not confusing anybody also. I think everyone has a good grasp of what's going on and I think that's beneficial to all of us because it makes us better.

Q: On the no-huddle.

It's in every week, it's just a matter of if we need it. We haven't needed it, so if we don't ever need it, that would be great because it means we're winning.

Q: Did you run one play out of it last week?

Not that I know of, other than the two-minute drill at the end.

Q: On the three tight end set.

It can be tough because most people see three tight ends as a running formation, we can do that, but we can also pass out of it. All three of our tight ends are very athletic and very good receivers. I think it's to our benefit to have those guys out there in that formation.

Q: On any new plays they haven't shown.

Oh yeah, there's always new things we can put in. Bruce was drawing something up today at lunch he was showing me. Bruce is always thinking about something. There's always new wrinkles we can throw out there and we've held some things back because we haven't really needed it yet.


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\r\n\r\nBen Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers\r\n

\r\n\r\nQ: What do you see from San Francisco?\r\n

I'll tell you what, they're a great defense. The couple of\r\ndays that we've watched\r\nthem, they're an opportunistic defense. They find ways to get the\r\nball, create turnovers.\r\nThey're always moving around, kind of a little Baltimoresc, if you\r\nwill. They throw different\r\nlooks at you and it's not going to be easy.\r\n\r\n

Q: Was it the playcalling or the execution in the red zone?\r\n

It was all me. Bruce (Arians) said that it was him on a couple\r\nof plays, but you've\r\njust got to make plays when you've got guys open. Luckily, it didn't\r\nhurt us in the win-loss\r\ncategory. I'm not going to take that chance any more. I've got to\r\nstart making plays down\r\nthere.\r\n\r\n

Q: You said you were going to throw (the deep pass) no matter\r\nwhat. Was that\r\nthe plan?\r\n

Yeah, that was pretty much the plan, to give it a pump and let\r\nit go. That's what\r\nI did. That safety made a great play on it, coming all the way across\r\nthe field. We always\r\nharp to the receivers, it's our ball or nobody's. To Santonio's\r\n(Holmes) credit, I don't think\r\nhe saw that safety coming or he would have broken it up. He kind of\r\ncame on top of it and\r\nmade a great play, otherwise Santonio would have broken it up.\r\n\r\n

Q: You're not reading the safety or anything, you're just\r\ndropping back and\r\nthrowing.\r\n

On that one, we said let's let it go. It's one of those deep\r\nballs off of play-\r\naction, you've got a chance to step up and pump deep and let it go.\r\n\r\n

Q: On his anticipation for Sunday.\r\n

It's going to be a big challlenge for us and we all know that.\r\nWe know how good\r\ntheir defense is and they don't give up big plays. That's kind of\r\nbeen our M.O. so far, so\r\nwe're going to have to be able to grind it out and run the ball and\r\njust take what they give\r\nus on defense. If that's the short little passes that lead to the big\r\none, then hopefully it\r\ndoes. We're going to take what they give us and go from there.\r\n\r\n

Q: On running Willie Parker until his wheels come off.\r\n

As long as we win, I don't care how we do it, as long as we\r\nwin. I'm sure Bruce\r\nhas a good plan going in. We've had a good day of it so far and we'll\r\ncontinue to improve.\r\n\r\n

Q: On the difference between having a great third-down\r\nconversion percentage\r\nand the red zone problems.\r\n

There's a big difference between third down and red zone. It's\r\nkind of a tough\r\nquestion to answer. I think the offensive line has done a good job on\r\nthird down of giving\r\nme time to sit back there and find the receivers that are getting\r\nopen. The red zone is just\r\nme making plays.\r\n\r\n

Q: The pressure they got on (Marc) Bulger last week, is that a\r\nresult of\r\nsomething exotic they're doing or were they taking advantage of an\r\noffensive line without\r\nOrlando Pace?\r\n

Only they can answer what their game plan was. From watching\r\nit, they did a lot\r\nof different things, the mixer is what we call it. They've got a lot\r\nof guys moving around\r\nand doing different things, just trying to make plays and it seemed\r\nlike they did a good\r\njob of that from the film that we watched.\r\n\r\n

Q: Both teams are 2-0 and there are 10 Super Bowls between the\r\nteams, what\r\nabout the significance of playing the 49ers?\r\n

The 49ers were my favorite team growing up, I was a Joe\r\nMontana and Jerry Rice\r\nguy. This is my first time getting to play them, so I'm kind of\r\nexcited about that. Everyone\r\nknows about the rich tradition of both teams, but the two teams are\r\nare different than they\r\nwere back in the day. It's going to be an exciting day.\r\n\r\n

Q: Montana's favorite team was the Steelers growing up.\r\n

Only difference was that he's from here and I wasn't from San\r\nFran.\r\n\r\n

Q: On the different offensive packages the team has used.\r\n

Bruce has done a great job of giving us situations where we\r\ncan get open and\r\ngive me time and I think he's done a good job of not confusing\r\nanybody also. I think\r\neveryone has a good grasp of what's going on and I think that's\r\nbeneficial to all of us\r\nbecause it makes us better.\r\n\r\n

Q: On the no-huddle.\r\n

It's in every week, it's just a matter of if we need it. We\r\nhaven't needed it, so if\r\nwe don't ever need it, that would be great because it means we're\r\nwinning.\r\n\r\n

Q: Did you run one play out of it last week?\r\n

Not that I know of, other than the two-minute drill at the\r\nend.\r\n\r\n

Q: On the three tight end set.\r\n

It can be tough because most people see three tight ends as a\r\nrunning\r\nformation, we can do that, but we can also pass out of it. All three\r\nof our tight ends are\r\nvery athletic and very good receivers. I think it's to our benefit to\r\nhave those guys out\r\nthere in that formation.\r\n\r\n

Q: On any new plays they haven't shown.\r\n

Oh yeah, there's always new things we can put in. Bruce was\r\ndrawing something\r\nup today at lunch he was showing me. Bruce is always thinking about\r\nsomething. There's\r\nalways new wrinkles we can throw out there and we've held some things\r\nback because we\r\nhaven't really needed it yet.","mobileBody":" Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: What do you see from San Francisco?

I'll tell you what, they're a great defense. The couple of days that we've watched them, they're an opportunistic defense. They find ways to get the ball, create turnovers. They're always moving around, kind of a little Baltimoresc, if you will. They throw different looks at you and it's not going to be easy.

Q: Was it the playcalling or the execution in the red zone?

It was all me. Bruce (Arians) said that it was him on a couple of plays, but you've just got to make plays when you've got guys open. Luckily, it didn't hurt us in the win-loss category. I'm not going to take that chance any more. I've got to start making plays down there.

Q: You said you were going to throw (the deep pass) no matter what. Was that the plan?

Yeah, that was pretty much the plan, to give it a pump and let it go. That's what I did. That safety made a great play on it, coming all the way across the field. We always harp to the receivers, it's our ball or nobody's. To Santonio's (Holmes) credit, I don't think he saw that safety coming or he would have broken it up. He kind of came on top of it and made a great play, otherwise Santonio would have broken it up.

Q: You're not reading the safety or anything, you're just dropping back and throwing.

On that one, we said let's let it go. It's one of those deep balls off of play- action, you've got a chance to step up and pump deep and let it go.

Q: On his anticipation for Sunday.

It's going to be a big challlenge for us and we all know that. We know how good their defense is and they don't give up big plays. That's kind of been our M.O. so far, so we're going to have to be able to grind it out and run the ball and just take what they give us on defense. If that's the short little passes that lead to the big one, then hopefully it does. We're going to take what they give us and go from there.

Q: On running Willie Parker until his wheels come off.

As long as we win, I don't care how we do it, as long as we win. I'm sure Bruce has a good plan going in. We've had a good day of it so far and we'll continue to improve.

Q: On the difference between having a great third-down conversion percentage and the red zone problems.

There's a big difference between third down and red zone. It's kind of a tough question to answer. I think the offensive line has done a good job on third down of giving me time to sit back there and find the receivers that are getting open. The red zone is just me making plays.

Q: The pressure they got on (Marc) Bulger last week, is that a result of something exotic they're doing or were they taking advantage of an offensive line without Orlando Pace?

Only they can answer what their game plan was. From watching it, they did a lot of different things, the mixer is what we call it. They've got a lot of guys moving around and doing different things, just trying to make plays and it seemed like they did a good job of that from the film that we watched.

Q: Both teams are 2-0 and there are 10 Super Bowls between the teams, what about the significance of playing the 49ers?

The 49ers were my favorite team growing up, I was a Joe Montana and Jerry Rice guy. This is my first time getting to play them, so I'm kind of excited about that. Everyone knows about the rich tradition of both teams, but the two teams are are different than they were back in the day. It's going to be an exciting day.

Q: Montana's favorite team was the Steelers growing up.

Only difference was that he's from here and I wasn't from San Fran.

Q: On the different offensive packages the team has used.

Bruce has done a great job of giving us situations where we can get open and give me time and I think he's done a good job of not confusing anybody also. I think everyone has a good grasp of what's going on and I think that's beneficial to all of us because it makes us better.

Q: On the no-huddle.

It's in every week, it's just a matter of if we need it. We haven't needed it, so if we don't ever need it, that would be great because it means we're winning.

Q: Did you run one play out of it last week?

Not that I know of, other than the two-minute drill at the end.

Q: On the three tight end set.

It can be tough because most people see three tight ends as a running formation, we can do that, but we can also pass out of it. All three of our tight ends are very athletic and very good receivers. I think it's to our benefit to have those guys out there in that formation.

Q: On any new plays they haven't shown.

Oh yeah, there's always new things we can put in. Bruce was drawing something up today at lunch he was showing me. Bruce is always thinking about something. 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