Wednesday with Ben

Ben Roethlisberger held his weekly meeting with the media Wednesday. Here's what the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to say.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Is this a different team, a better team, than the first time you played them?

I don't know if it's necessarily better as much as it is they might be more hungry, more determined. They're going to come out and fight, but so are we because we know how important the game is. It's hard for me to say they're a better team because we thought they were pretty good the first time we played them.

How does a bad field like Sunday affect your game?

Both teams played on it. We've put it behind and started focusing on this week and Cincinnati.

But you're going to have to play on it again Sunday. Do you adjust anything, steps or the way your stride?

The only thing different I did was I spatted my shoes. That's the only thing I did different.

Are you surprised at all the coverage this is getting?

No, not being around you guys all the time, Pittsburgh media.

Does the advantage go with the passing game over the running game in those conditions?

It depends. I told the receivers before the game, ‘We know where we're going as receivers. Put your chin over your toes and you shouldn't go down.' It should be to our advantage as a receiving corps and in the passing game, but knowing that we are a running team and that's what we do with our size and our guys, it should still be an advantage when we run the ball. I have confidence in the passing game as well.

Is there something to be said for having the highest completion percentage in team history in those conditions?

I didn't even know. I never know anything until you guys tell me. That credit goes to the receivers. I told them that I would put it close to them and they needed to make plays for me. They did it. Some guys stepped up, from Cedrick Wilson and Hines (Ward) does what he does, and Nate (Washington), everyone stepped up.

The sacks keep piling up. Kendall Simmons said teams are getting away with bringing more than they can block. What can you do to beat that?

A lot of it is, like you said, we get sacked for a lot of different reasons. It's not just people screwing up. They're bringing a lot of guys, they cover people. You can only expect linemen to block for so long. We have to study more this week and be able to, when they do bring extra guys, throw the ball and get rid of it and give it to the receivers. I feel that I'm seeing things better out there, it's just a matter of making sure we're all on the same page and I think that will come real soon.

How do you work around other teams doing what teams have been doing to you?

It's a copycat league. When you see a blitz one time and it's successful, you're going to see it again until you can find a way to stop it.

(Cincinnati) only allowed six points last week, are you seeing anything different out of their defense than what you saw the first time?

A lot of blitzing. They like to bring the safeties to try to stop the run. It's been a point of emphasis for them, trying to stop the run. That's what we do best, so we'll see what happens.

Mr. Rooney has indicated a decision will be made after the season on the turf. Do you have a preference?

That's a tough question. I like the FieldTurf, but I think every player would obviously like to play on grass. The field that we have is to our advantage because we know it and we're used to it. Other teams aren't prepared for it, whether it's the new field we have now or the one we had before, we've always enjoyed that advantage. FieldTurf makes it's pretty even for everybody. It puts some wear and tear on the knees and backs, no matter how soft it is. I've always been a grass guy, but whatever the decision is, it is what the decision is.

It will make teams more hesitant to blitz if you hit them with the big play.

We've been good at the big play all year. The biggest thing for us is to get to the point where we just drop back and pass and mix it in and be unpredictable. And that will keep people on their toes a little more.

How tough is it to beat a team twice in one season? It's incredibly tough. You've got yourself on tape against them.

You know some tendancies. The no-huddle and two-minute calls, they start learning about your calls. It's very tough, especially when you get that revenge factor coming in too. It's not easy and that's why we know that this week is a big week for us.

Is too much made of the short week?

No, it can be tough, especially if you played a very physical game the week before. The Miami game was very physical, but luckily enough, the ground was very soft so that when you landed, it didn't hurt too much. I think everybody is pretty healthy and in a way, you like it, because you're itching to get back out there.That will be good.

What about back-to-back night games, does that change anything?

For me it's nothing. I can go home from the hotel and play ping-pong or pool against my dad all day and goof around. It's not bad for me, I don't mind.

On Ken Anderson.

It definitely helps to have somebody that's been there. He played for a long, long time in the league. When someone's got that credibility, it's good to be able to talk to him in the meeting room all week to learn and find out what he sees out there as well.

What's an acceptable number of sacks?

I'd like it to be zero, obviously.

But that's not always going to be the case. Do you have a figure in mind?

No, because I'm not the kind of quarterback who's going to get mad at my line for giving up 15 sacks a game. That's not me. You can't put it all on them. It goes on me, the receivers, the backs, the tight ends. I'm not really going to put a number out there because I don't get upset about the sacks.

What about an offense in general, not just the line?

You don't want to give up sacks. We just want to win. Point-blank, I want to win, however that is.

On Sean Taylor.

It's unbelievable. It's really said. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It's tough, really sad. You just hope that it doesn't happen again and they find out exactly what happened.


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

\r\n\r\nIs this a different team, a better team, than the first time you played them?\r\n

I don't know if it's necessarily better as much as it is they might be more hungry, more determined. They're going to come out and fight, but so are we because we know how important the game is. It's hard for me to say they're a better team because we thought they were pretty good the first time we played them.\r\n\r\n

How does a bad field like Sunday affect your game?\r\n

Both teams played on it. We've put it behind and started focusing on this week and Cincinnati.\r\n\r\n

But you're going to have to play on it again Sunday. Do you adjust anything, steps or the way your stride?\r\n

The only thing different I did was I spatted my shoes. That's the only thing I did different.\r\n\r\n

Are you surprised at all the coverage this is getting?\r\n

No, not being around you guys all the time, Pittsburgh media.\r\n\r\n

Does the advantage go with the passing game over the running game in those conditions?\r\n

It depends. I told the receivers before the game, ‘We know where we're going as receivers. Put your chin over your toes and you shouldn't go down.' It should be to our advantage as a receiving corps and in the passing game, but knowing that we are a running team and that's what we do with our size and our guys, it should still be an advantage when we run the ball. I have confidence in the passing game as well.\r\n\r\n

Is there something to be said for having the highest completion percentage in team history in those conditions?\r\n

I didn't even know. I never know anything until you guys tell me. That credit goes to the receivers. I told them that I would put it close to them and they needed to make plays for me. They did it. Some guys stepped up, from Cedrick Wilson and Hines (Ward) does what he does, and Nate (Washington), everyone stepped up.\r\n\r\n

The sacks keep piling up. Kendall Simmons said teams are getting away with bringing more than they can block. What can you do to beat that?\r\n

A lot of it is, like you said, we get sacked for a lot of different reasons. It's not just people screwing up. They're bringing a lot of guys, they cover people. You can only expect linemen to block for so long. We have to study more this week and be able to, when they do bring extra guys, throw the ball and get rid of it and give it to the receivers. I feel that I'm seeing things better out there, it's just a matter of making sure we're all on the same page and I think that will come real soon.\r\n\r\n

How do you work around other teams doing what teams have been doing to you?\r\n

It's a copycat league. When you see a blitz one time and it's successful, you're going to see it again until you can find a way to stop it.\r\n\r\n

(Cincinnati) only allowed six points last week, are you seeing anything different out of their defense than what you saw the first time?\r\n

A lot of blitzing. They like to bring the safeties to try to stop the run. It's been a point of emphasis for them, trying to stop the run. That's what we do best, so we'll see what happens.\r\n\r\n

Mr. Rooney has indicated a decision will be made after the season on the turf. Do you have a preference?\r\n

That's a tough question. I like the FieldTurf, but I think every player would obviously like to play on grass. The field that we have is to our advantage because we know it and we're used to it. Other teams aren't prepared for it, whether it's the new field we have now or the one we had before, we've always enjoyed that advantage. FieldTurf makes it's pretty even for everybody. It puts some wear and tear on the knees and backs, no matter how soft it is. I've always been a grass guy, but whatever the decision is, it is what the decision is.\r\n\r\n

It will make teams more hesitant to blitz if you hit them with the big play.\r\n

We've been good at the big play all year. The biggest thing for us is to get to the point where we just drop back and pass and mix it in and be unpredictable. And that will keep people on their toes a little more.\r\n\r\n

How tough is it to beat a team twice in one season?\r\nIt's incredibly tough. You've got yourself on tape against them.

You know some tendancies. The no-huddle and two-minute calls, they start learning about your calls. It's very tough, especially when you get that revenge factor coming in too. It's not easy and that's why we know that this week is a big week for us.\r\n\r\n

Is too much made of the short week?\r\n

No, it can be tough, especially if you played a very physical game the week before. The Miami game was very physical, but luckily enough, the ground was very soft so that when you landed, it didn't hurt too much. I think everybody is pretty healthy and in a way, you like it, because you're itching to get back out there.That will be good.\r\n\r\n

What about back-to-back night games, does that change anything?\r\n

For me it's nothing. I can go home from the hotel and play ping-pong or pool against my dad all day and goof around. It's not bad for me, I don't mind.\r\n\r\n

On Ken Anderson.\r\n

It definitely helps to have somebody that's been there. He played for a long, long time in the league. When someone's got that credibility, it's good to be able to talk to him in the meeting room all week to learn and find out what he sees out there as well.\r\n\r\n

What's an acceptable number of sacks?\r\n

I'd like it to be zero, obviously.\r\n\r\n

But that's not always going to be the case. Do you have a figure in mind?\r\n

No, because I'm not the kind of quarterback who's going to get mad at my line for giving up 15 sacks a game. That's not me. You can't put it all on them. It goes on me, the receivers, the backs, the tight ends. I'm not really going to put a number out there because I don't get upset about the sacks.\r\n\r\n

What about an offense in general, not just the line?\r\n

You don't want to give up sacks. We just want to win. Point-blank, I want to win, however that is.\r\n\r\n

On Sean Taylor.\r\n

It's unbelievable. It's really said. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It's tough, really sad. You just hope that it doesn't happen again and they find out exactly what happened.\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":"

I don't know if it's necessarily better as much as it is they might be more hungry, more determined. They're going to come out and fight, but so are we because we know how important the game is. It's hard for me to say they're a better team because we thought they were pretty good the first time we played them.

Both teams played on it. We've put it behind and started focusing on this week and Cincinnati.

The only thing different I did was I spatted my shoes. That's the only thing I did different.

No, not being around you guys all the time, Pittsburgh media.

It depends. I told the receivers before the game, ‘We know where we're going as receivers. Put your chin over your toes and you shouldn't go down.' It should be to our advantage as a receiving corps and in the passing game, but knowing that we are a running team and that's what we do with our size and our guys, it should still be an advantage when we run the ball. I have confidence in the passing game as well.

I didn't even know. I never know anything until you guys tell me. That credit goes to the receivers. I told them that I would put it close to them and they needed to make plays for me. They did it. Some guys stepped up, from Cedrick Wilson and Hines (Ward) does what he does, and Nate (Washington), everyone stepped up.

A lot of it is, like you said, we get sacked for a lot of different reasons. It's not just people screwing up. They're bringing a lot of guys, they cover people. You can only expect linemen to block for so long. We have to study more this week and be able to, when they do bring extra guys, throw the ball and get rid of it and give it to the receivers. I feel that I'm seeing things better out there, it's just a matter of making sure we're all on the same page and I think that will come real soon.

It's a copycat league. When you see a blitz one time and it's successful, you're going to see it again until you can find a way to stop it.

A lot of blitzing. They like to bring the safeties to try to stop the run. It's been a point of emphasis for them, trying to stop the run. That's what we do best, so we'll see what happens.

That's a tough question. I like the FieldTurf, but I think every player would obviously like to play on grass. The field that we have is to our advantage because we know it and we're used to it. Other teams aren't prepared for it, whether it's the new field we have now or the one we had before, we've always enjoyed that advantage. FieldTurf makes it's pretty even for everybody. It puts some wear and tear on the knees and backs, no matter how soft it is. I've always been a grass guy, but whatever the decision is, it is what the decision is.

We've been good at the big play all year. The biggest thing for us is to get to the point where we just drop back and pass and mix it in and be unpredictable. And that will keep people on their toes a little more.

You know some tendancies. The no-huddle and two-minute calls, they start learning about your calls. It's very tough, especially when you get that revenge factor coming in too. It's not easy and that's why we know that this week is a big week for us.

No, it can be tough, especially if you played a very physical game the week before. The Miami game was very physical, but luckily enough, the ground was very soft so that when you landed, it didn't hurt too much. I think everybody is pretty healthy and in a way, you like it, because you're itching to get back out there.That will be good.

For me it's nothing. I can go home from the hotel and play ping-pong or pool against my dad all day and goof around. It's not bad for me, I don't mind.

It definitely helps to have somebody that's been there. He played for a long, long time in the league. When someone's got that credibility, it's good to be able to talk to him in the meeting room all week to learn and find out what he sees out there as well.

I'd like it to be zero, obviously.

No, because I'm not the kind of quarterback who's going to get mad at my line for giving up 15 sacks a game. That's not me. You can't put it all on them. It goes on me, the receivers, the backs, the tight ends. I'm not really going to put a number out there because I don't get upset about the sacks.

You don't want to give up sacks. We just want to win. Point-blank, I want to win, however that is.

It's unbelievable. It's really said. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It's tough, really sad. You just hope that it doesn't happen again and they find out exactly what happened. 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