Wednesday with Ben

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger held court with the media Wednesday. One of several topics discussed was his relationship with former offensive coordinator and current Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

What was your relationship with Ken Whisenhunt when he was here and what is it like now?

He was the offensive coordinator, I was the quarterback. We had a good relationship, but we really haven't spoken since.

Has it changed at all?

I don't think so. Like I said, we haven't spoken recently, so there are no feelings either way I don't think.

You've made it known that you're more happy in Bruce Arians' offense, at least that seems to be the message you've put forth.

I'm happy with the system that we're in right now. I'm not going to bash anything about last year or any other year because we won a Super Bowl and were very successful. Of course I'm going to be happy with the system that I'm in right now.

Is it possible to look past the familiarity you have with some of the faces out there?

Yeah. To me, it's another game. There are probably some guys who are looking at it a little differently, but to me it's just another game.

When Whiz said that maybe they brought you back to fast, you didn't seem to like that comment. What was it about that comment that you didn't like?

I just didn't feel it was accurate.

On the fast start.

I think we're pretty good on offense. We're pretty good on defense. The special teams are playing well. We believe in the system. The head coach is letting the coordinators coordinate and I think all the players believe in that. The coordinators are doing a great job of getting us ready and it's paying off.

Your first three game stats are really in contrast to the first three games last year, can you pinpoint that?

I don't know what last year's were, but I'm pretty sure you're talking about interceptions.

Seven interceptions, no touchdowns, now it's six to one the other way.

That's a good thing then. I think it's just being smart. Last year I really felt like I knew the offense really well and so maybe I tried to do too much, feeling like I knew too much. This year, I feel like I know even more, but I'm just not forcing it.

Looking back, do you feel like you were rushed back into things last year?

No, I don't think so.

Are you concerned about trying to hard? Coach Tomlin said he was going to speak to you this week about that.

We had a brief talk this morning about that. But I'm just going to go out and do what we need to do to win football games.

What about the challenge of going on the road, it's going to be 90 degrees out there and they need a win badly?

It's going to be a challenge. There are a lot of factors involved in this game. They're a very good team, especially on defense. On offense they have a lot of weapons. Obviously, we're going out without one of our best wide receivers. I don't think Hines is playing, the last I heard, I don't really know. So I think the biggest thing is that we have to take care of business. We have to know the gameplan and do what we do.

Is the freedom the coordinators have different this year?

I don't know, you'll have to ask the head coaches about that.

What advantage do they have knowing your offense?

I think … we haven't had to change too much. I just got done talking to Arizona's media and they asked how much we're going to have to change this week. Honestly, we're not changing too much. They may have to make more adjustments than we do. I feel the offense that Bruce runs is different enough that they we don't have to change too much.

What would their familiarity have more of an effect on, offense or defense?

I think our defense should know a little about what their offense is about because they've seen us. I feel that offensively, we're a different team than we were last year.

Chukky Okobi being a factor.

I hope not.

Do you talk to (Mark) Whipple?

Yeah, I talk to Whip a couple of times per week, actually.

He's still in town, right?

Yes.

4-0 hasn't been done here since 1979. Does that put it into perspective?

Right now, and you guys are probably getting tired of hearing me say it, but we're going for our first win. I'm taking that approach that we're 0-0 and trying to get that first win. That's why winning one is so important.

If Hines doesn't play, are you guys best suited by having Heath (Miller) do some wide receiver kind of stuff, or Willie (Reid) coming up?

If Hines can't go, it's unfortunate because he's our leader, he's our captain. As a quarterback, you feel partially responsible for him being hurt. I reached out to him and hopefully, he's going to be OK. We're going to have to have guys step up and I have confidence that they will. Whether that's Heath, another tight end, whether we bring another receiver in, I don't know what it's going to be. We're weighing a lot of different options, but I'm very confident that whoever it is will step up.

On Arizona's defense.

Defensively, they're very good. And like I said to the Arizona media, it's all about 24, (Adrian) Wilson. Wilson, Wilson, Wilson, he's all over the field. He's a great playmaker. He's going to try to cause a lot of disruption for this offense. We have to make sure we get a hat on him in the run game and the pass game.


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

What was your relationship with Ken Whisenhunt when he was here\r\nand what is it like\r\nnow?\r\n

He was the offensive coordinator, I was the quarterback. We\r\nhad a good\r\nrelationship, but we really haven't spoken since.\r\n\r\n

Has it changed at all?\r\n

I don't think so. Like I said, we haven't spoken recently, so\r\nthere are no feelings\r\neither way I don't think.\r\n\r\n

You've made it known that you're more happy in Bruce Arians'\r\noffense, at least\r\nthat seems to be the message you've put forth.\r\n

I'm happy with the system that we're in right now. I'm not\r\ngoing to bash\r\nanything about last year or any other year because we won a Super\r\nBowl and were very\r\nsuccessful. Of course I'm going to be happy with the system that I'm\r\nin right now.\r\n\r\n

Is it possible to look past the familiarity you have with some\r\nof the faces out\r\nthere?\r\n

Yeah. To me, it's another game. There are probably some guys\r\nwho are looking\r\nat it a little differently, but to me it's just another game.\r\n\r\n

When Whiz said that maybe they brought you back to fast, you\r\ndidn't seem to\r\nlike that comment. What was it about that comment that you didn't\r\nlike?\r\n

I just didn't feel it was accurate.\r\n\r\n

On the fast start.\r\n

I think we're pretty good on offense. We're pretty good on\r\ndefense. The special\r\nteams are playing well. We believe in the system. The head coach is\r\nletting the\r\ncoordinators coordinate and I think all the players believe in that.\r\nThe coordinators are\r\ndoing a great job of getting us ready and it's paying off.\r\n\r\n

Your first three game stats are really in contrast to the\r\nfirst three games last\r\nyear, can you pinpoint that?\r\n

I don't know what last year's were, but I'm pretty sure you're\r\ntalking about\r\ninterceptions.\r\n\r\n

Seven interceptions, no touchdowns, now it's six to one the\r\nother way.\r\n

That's a good thing then. I think it's just being smart. Last\r\nyear I really felt like I\r\nknew the offense really well and so maybe I tried to do too much,\r\nfeeling like I knew too\r\nmuch. This year, I feel like I know even more, but I'm just not\r\nforcing it.\r\n\r\n

Looking back, do you feel like you were rushed back into\r\nthings last year?\r\n

No, I don't think so.\r\n\r\n

Are you concerned about trying to hard? Coach Tomlin said he\r\nwas going to\r\nspeak to you this week about that.\r\n

We had a brief talk this morning about that. But I'm just\r\ngoing to go out and do\r\nwhat we need to do to win football games.\r\n\r\n

What about the challenge of going on the road, it's going to\r\nbe 90 degrees out\r\nthere and they need a win badly?\r\n

It's going to be a challenge. There are a lot of factors\r\ninvolved in this game.\r\nThey're a very good team, especially on defense. On offense they have\r\na lot of weapons.\r\nObviously, we're going out without one of our best wide receivers. I\r\ndon't think Hines is\r\nplaying, the last I heard, I don't really know. So I think the\r\nbiggest thing is that we have to\r\ntake care of business. We have to know the gameplan and do what we\r\ndo.\r\n\r\n

Is the freedom the coordinators have different this year?\r\n

I don't know, you'll have to ask the head coaches about that.\r\n\r\n

What advantage do they have knowing your offense?\r\n

I think … we haven't had to change too much. I just got done\r\ntalking to\r\nArizona's media and they asked how much we're going to have to change\r\nthis week.\r\nHonestly, we're not changing too much. They may have to make more\r\nadjustments than\r\nwe do. I feel the offense that Bruce runs is different enough that\r\nthey we don't have to\r\nchange too much.\r\n\r\n

What would their familiarity have more of an effect on,\r\noffense or defense?\r\n

I think our defense should know a little about what their\r\noffense is about\r\nbecause they've seen us. I feel that offensively, we're a different\r\nteam than we were last\r\nyear.\r\n\r\n

Chukky Okobi being a factor.\r\n

I hope not.\r\n\r\n

Do you talk to (Mark) Whipple?\r\n

Yeah, I talk to Whip a couple of times per week, actually.\r\n\r\n

He's still in town, right?\r\n

Yes.\r\n\r\n

4-0 hasn't been done here since 1979. Does that put it into\r\nperspective?\r\n

Right now, and you guys are probably getting tired of hearing\r\nme say it, but\r\nwe're going for our first win. I'm taking that approach that we're\r\n0-0 and trying to get that\r\nfirst win. That's why winning one is so important.\r\n\r\n

If Hines doesn't play, are you guys best suited by having\r\nHeath (Miller) do some\r\nwide receiver kind of stuff, or Willie (Reid) coming up?\r\n

If Hines can't go, it's unfortunate because he's our leader,\r\nhe's our captain. As a\r\nquarterback, you feel partially responsible for him being hurt. I\r\nreached out to him and\r\nhopefully, he's going to be OK. We're going to have to have guys step\r\nup and I have\r\nconfidence that they will. Whether that's Heath, another tight end,\r\nwhether we bring\r\nanother receiver in, I don't know what it's going to be. We're\r\nweighing a lot of different\r\noptions, but I'm very confident that whoever it is will step up.\r\n\r\n

On Arizona's defense.\r\n

Defensively, they're very good. And like I said to the Arizona\r\nmedia, it's all\r\nabout 24, (Adrian) Wilson. Wilson, Wilson, Wilson, he's all over the\r\nfield. He's a great\r\nplaymaker. He's going to try to cause a lot of disruption for this\r\noffense. We have to make\r\nsure we get a hat on him in the run game and the pass game.","mobileBody":" Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

He was the offensive coordinator, I was the quarterback. We had a good relationship, but we really haven't spoken since.

I don't think so. Like I said, we haven't spoken recently, so there are no feelings either way I don't think.

I'm happy with the system that we're in right now. I'm not going to bash anything about last year or any other year because we won a Super Bowl and were very successful. Of course I'm going to be happy with the system that I'm in right now.

Yeah. To me, it's another game. There are probably some guys who are looking at it a little differently, but to me it's just another game.

I just didn't feel it was accurate.

I think we're pretty good on offense. We're pretty good on defense. The special teams are playing well. We believe in the system. The head coach is letting the coordinators coordinate and I think all the players believe in that. The coordinators are doing a great job of getting us ready and it's paying off.

I don't know what last year's were, but I'm pretty sure you're talking about interceptions.

That's a good thing then. I think it's just being smart. Last year I really felt like I knew the offense really well and so maybe I tried to do too much, feeling like I knew too much. This year, I feel like I know even more, but I'm just not forcing it.

No, I don't think so.

We had a brief talk this morning about that. But I'm just going to go out and do what we need to do to win football games.

It's going to be a challenge. There are a lot of factors involved in this game. They're a very good team, especially on defense. On offense they have a lot of weapons. Obviously, we're going out without one of our best wide receivers. I don't think Hines is playing, the last I heard, I don't really know. So I think the biggest thing is that we have to take care of business. We have to know the gameplan and do what we do.

I don't know, you'll have to ask the head coaches about that.

I think … we haven't had to change too much. I just got done talking to Arizona's media and they asked how much we're going to have to change this week. Honestly, we're not changing too much. They may have to make more adjustments than we do. I feel the offense that Bruce runs is different enough that they we don't have to change too much.

I think our defense should know a little about what their offense is about because they've seen us. I feel that offensively, we're a different team than we were last year.

I hope not.

Yeah, I talk to Whip a couple of times per week, actually.

Yes.

Right now, and you guys are probably getting tired of hearing me say it, but we're going for our first win. I'm taking that approach that we're 0-0 and trying to get that first win. That's why winning one is so important.

If Hines can't go, it's unfortunate because he's our leader, he's our captain. As a quarterback, you feel partially responsible for him being hurt. I reached out to him and hopefully, he's going to be OK. We're going to have to have guys step up and I have confidence that they will. Whether that's Heath, another tight end, whether we bring another receiver in, I don't know what it's going to be. We're weighing a lot of different options, but I'm very confident that whoever it is will step up.

Defensively, they're very good. And like I said to the Arizona media, it's all about 24, (Adrian) Wilson. Wilson, Wilson, Wilson, he's all over the field. He's a great playmaker. He's going to try to cause a lot of disruption for this offense. 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