Wednesday with Ben

Ben Roethlisberger held his weekly meeting with the press. Here is what the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to say.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Do you expect to hear some noise with (Joey Porter) lined up on the other side this week?

I have no idea. I was joking with Hines (Ward) today, I wonder if Joey will be talking because we're all friends. I don't know what's going to happen. It will be interesting.

Are you excited to play against him?

I don't know if excited is the word because Joey is a great player. It's an honor to be back on the field with him because of the years that I had here with him and the great player that he is.

What does he mean to a defense?

He brings energy. He brings excitement. He's a great player, he's very athletic, so he's good in pass coverage. I think that leadership role is probably the biggest.

How will you react to his talking?

I'll probably just laugh. That's how I always am.

Did (the Jets) do something to take away your bootlegs?

I think teams are always going to be aware of me getting out of the pocket. They may have told their ends to get upfield more to keep me in there and teams are going to continue to do that because that's what they did my first year and my second year and stuff. We just have to adjust and figure out ways to make plays. Maybe I'll just stay in the pocket more.

How much of that was what they were doing or what you guys weren't doing?

It was both. You have to give them a lot of credit. But we played pretty bad ourselves. We have some corrections to make, but we're moving on and we're moving forward. It's Miami this week.

Do you feel any more beat up this year than in the past?

A little more beat up, but that comes with the territory of being the quarterback and getting hit. I think we'll be able to shut that down real soon.

Can you dictate where you scramble?

No. I'm just running away from the defenders. I'm not saying, ‘I'm going right or I'm going left or up the middle.' When it's time to go, it's time to go.

You've got a winless team coming here, how dangerous can a winless team be?

Very dangerous. We know that they're coming in here ready to get a win. It's Monday night, it's prime time again, but we're a pretty upset football team right now, so we've got some rebounding to do.

How will not having Santonio (Holmes) this week affect you?

Obviously it hurts not having one of my weapons in Santonio out there, but I've got all the confidence the other guys are going to step up. That's Cedrick (Wilson), Nate (Washington) or whether we use our tight ends. We know Hines is going to be there. We'll have guys step up and fill the void. Maybe it's Willie Reid too. We'll see what happens.

How many of the sacks were because of the coverage, people not getting open or you holding the ball too long?

I can't necessarily pinpoint every sack and tell you what happened, but I will tell you they did have a couple of coverage sacks. Guys were covered down the field. They did some things where it seemed like they knew where our hots were and they covered up our hots and that led to a couple of sacks. And then there were maybe some missed assignments and me not getting rid of the ball quick enough.

What does Willie Parker mean to this offense?

Willie means a lot to us. He opens up the pass game. He's explosive. He can create big plays with his feet. I don't think there are many backs in this league that can do that. There are a few, obviously, that can break a game open at any point. And Willie can do that.

Why has he struggled in recent weeks?

I think it's because of how good he is and our line is, people are trying to shut it down. Any time you're putting eight or nine in the box and trying to shut it down, it's going to be tough to run. That's why we've been passing the ball and why we're been fairly successful passing the ball the past couple of weeks.

Do you have a preference on designed rollouts?

I do. I like to get out of the pocket. I think it creates more of a two-way go. I can run it or throw it and it's harder for guys to cover. Since I've been in high school, I've pushed for nakeds and bootlegs and getting out of the pocket. We've done that here, Bruce (Arians) has some in the game plan. But you've got to be able to run the ball and you've got to be effective running the ball for those kind of plays to work.

What about quick-hitting stuff off the line of scrimmage, three-step drops and such?

We kind of got rid of some of that stuff this year, but I think you'll start to see more of it come back. I think we feel we need to get the ball into the playmakers' hands quick. Our receivers are very good creating once they get the bal. Obviously they're good stretching the field and catching it, but we need to get them the ball quick and let them make some plays.

Are teams realizing how good Heath (Miller) is and are they doing more to take him away?

He's a Pro Bowl tight end and guys are trying to stop him.

Is that Bruce's philosophy, taking the three-step out?

I don't know. We still do a lot of quick-hit things, but it's not necessarily off of three-steps from the quarterback. I don't know if that's something he's always believed in. We're getting to it. We still throw our slants and our quick outs and stuff. We'll see some more stuff to get the ball to the guys quick.


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\r\n\r\nBEN ROETHLISBERGER, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers\r\n

\r\nDo you expect to hear some noise with (Joey Porter) lined up on the other side this week?\r\n

I have no idea. I was joking with Hines (Ward) today, I wonder if Joey will be talking because we're all friends. I don't know what's going to happen. It will be interesting.\r\n\r\n

Are you excited to play against him?\r\n

I don't know if excited is the word because Joey is a great player. It's an honor to be back on the field with him because of the years that I had here with him and the great player that he is.\r\n\r\n

What does he mean to a defense?\r\n

He brings energy. He brings excitement. He's a great player, he's very athletic, so he's good in pass coverage. I think that leadership role is probably the biggest.\r\n\r\n

How will you react to his talking?\r\n

I'll probably just laugh. That's how I always am.\r\n\r\n

Did (the Jets) do something to take away your bootlegs?\r\n

I think teams are always going to be aware of me getting out of the pocket. They may have told their ends to get upfield more to keep me in there and teams are going to continue to do that because that's what they did my first year and my second year and stuff. We just have to adjust and figure out ways to make plays. Maybe I'll just stay in the pocket more.\r\n\r\n

How much of that was what they were doing or what you guys weren't doing?\r\n

It was both. You have to give them a lot of credit. But we played pretty bad ourselves. We have some corrections to make, but we're moving on and we're moving forward. It's Miami this week.\r\n\r\n

Do you feel any more beat up this year than in the past?\r\n

A little more beat up, but that comes with the territory of being the quarterback and getting hit. I think we'll be able to shut that down real soon.\r\n\r\n

Can you dictate where you scramble?\r\n

No. I'm just running away from the defenders. I'm not saying, ‘I'm going right or I'm going left or up the middle.' When it's time to go, it's time to go.\r\n\r\n

You've got a winless team coming here, how dangerous can a winless team be?\r\n

Very dangerous. We know that they're coming in here ready to get a win. It's Monday night, it's prime time again, but we're a pretty upset football team right now, so we've got some rebounding to do.\r\n\r\n

How will not having Santonio (Holmes) this week affect you?\r\n

Obviously it hurts not having one of my weapons in Santonio out there, but I've got all the confidence the other guys are going to step up. That's Cedrick (Wilson), Nate (Washington) or whether we use our tight ends. We know Hines is going to be there. We'll have guys step up and fill the void. Maybe it's Willie Reid too. We'll see what happens.\r\n\r\n

How many of the sacks were because of the coverage, people not getting open or you holding the ball too long?\r\n

I can't necessarily pinpoint every sack and tell you what happened, but I will tell you they did have a couple of coverage sacks. Guys were covered down the field. They did some things where it seemed like they knew where our hots were and they covered up our hots and that led to a couple of sacks. And then there were maybe some missed assignments and me not getting rid of the ball quick enough.\r\n\r\n

What does Willie Parker mean to this offense?\r\n

Willie means a lot to us. He opens up the pass game. He's explosive. He can create big plays with his feet. I don't think there are many backs in this league that can do that. There are a few, obviously, that can break a game open at any point. And Willie can do that.\r\n\r\n

Why has he struggled in recent weeks?\r\n

I think it's because of how good he is and our line is, people are trying to shut it down. Any time you're putting eight or nine in the box and trying to shut it down, it's going to be tough to run. That's why we've been passing the ball and why we're been fairly successful passing the ball the past couple of weeks.\r\n\r\n

Do you have a preference on designed rollouts?\r\n

I do. I like to get out of the pocket. I think it creates more of a two-way go. I can run it or throw it and it's harder for guys to cover. Since I've been in high school, I've pushed for nakeds and bootlegs and getting out of the pocket. We've done that here, Bruce (Arians) has some in the game plan. But you've got to be able to run the ball and you've got to be effective running the ball for those kind of plays to work.\r\n\r\n

What about quick-hitting stuff off the line of scrimmage, three-step drops and such?\r\n

We kind of got rid of some of that stuff this year, but I think you'll start to see more of it come back. I think we feel we need to get the ball into the playmakers' hands quick. Our receivers are very good creating once they get the bal. Obviously they're good stretching the field and catching it, but we need to get them the ball quick and let them make some plays.\r\n\r\n

Are teams realizing how good Heath (Miller) is and are they doing more to take him away?\r\n

He's a Pro Bowl tight end and guys are trying to stop him.\r\n\r\n

Is that Bruce's philosophy, taking the three-step out?\r\n

I don't know. We still do a lot of quick-hit things, but it's not necessarily off of three-steps from the quarterback. I don't know if that's something he's always believed in. We're getting to it. We still throw our slants and our quick outs and stuff. We'll see some more stuff to get the ball to the guys quick.\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":"

I have no idea. I was joking with Hines (Ward) today, I wonder if Joey will be talking because we're all friends. I don't know what's going to happen. It will be interesting.

I don't know if excited is the word because Joey is a great player. It's an honor to be back on the field with him because of the years that I had here with him and the great player that he is.

He brings energy. He brings excitement. He's a great player, he's very athletic, so he's good in pass coverage. I think that leadership role is probably the biggest.

I'll probably just laugh. That's how I always am.

I think teams are always going to be aware of me getting out of the pocket. They may have told their ends to get upfield more to keep me in there and teams are going to continue to do that because that's what they did my first year and my second year and stuff. We just have to adjust and figure out ways to make plays. Maybe I'll just stay in the pocket more.

It was both. You have to give them a lot of credit. But we played pretty bad ourselves. We have some corrections to make, but we're moving on and we're moving forward. It's Miami this week.

A little more beat up, but that comes with the territory of being the quarterback and getting hit. I think we'll be able to shut that down real soon.

No. I'm just running away from the defenders. I'm not saying, ‘I'm going right or I'm going left or up the middle.' When it's time to go, it's time to go.

Very dangerous. We know that they're coming in here ready to get a win. It's Monday night, it's prime time again, but we're a pretty upset football team right now, so we've got some rebounding to do.

Obviously it hurts not having one of my weapons in Santonio out there, but I've got all the confidence the other guys are going to step up. That's Cedrick (Wilson), Nate (Washington) or whether we use our tight ends. We know Hines is going to be there. We'll have guys step up and fill the void. Maybe it's Willie Reid too. We'll see what happens.

I can't necessarily pinpoint every sack and tell you what happened, but I will tell you they did have a couple of coverage sacks. Guys were covered down the field. They did some things where it seemed like they knew where our hots were and they covered up our hots and that led to a couple of sacks. And then there were maybe some missed assignments and me not getting rid of the ball quick enough.

Willie means a lot to us. He opens up the pass game. He's explosive. He can create big plays with his feet. I don't think there are many backs in this league that can do that. There are a few, obviously, that can break a game open at any point. And Willie can do that.

I think it's because of how good he is and our line is, people are trying to shut it down. Any time you're putting eight or nine in the box and trying to shut it down, it's going to be tough to run. That's why we've been passing the ball and why we're been fairly successful passing the ball the past couple of weeks.

I do. I like to get out of the pocket. I think it creates more of a two-way go. I can run it or throw it and it's harder for guys to cover. Since I've been in high school, I've pushed for nakeds and bootlegs and getting out of the pocket. We've done that here, Bruce (Arians) has some in the game plan. But you've got to be able to run the ball and you've got to be effective running the ball for those kind of plays to work.

We kind of got rid of some of that stuff this year, but I think you'll start to see more of it come back. I think we feel we need to get the ball into the playmakers' hands quick. Our receivers are very good creating once they get the bal. Obviously they're good stretching the field and catching it, but we need to get them the ball quick and let them make some plays.

He's a Pro Bowl tight end and guys are trying to stop him.

I don't know. We still do a lot of quick-hit things, but it's not necessarily off of three-steps from the quarterback. I don't know if that's something he's always believed in. We're getting to it. We still throw our slants and our quick outs and stuff. We'll see some more stuff to get the ball to the guys quick. 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