Q&A: Ben Roethlisberger

Every Wednesday during the regular season, Ben Roethlisberger meets with the Pittsburgh media. Here's this week's transcript:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: For a half, will you treat this like a regular-season game?

A: I don't know how much we're playing, but we have to go into it just like we approach every other game. We take a game plan in and we try to execute to the best of our ability.

Q: Will you game-plan a lot for this game?

A: We don't game-plan a lot, but we do throw some things in there, because if you don't prepare for that defense they're going to come out and kill you. So we do a little bit of preparation and we'll throw some different things to test them out and see how they work.

Q: Don't want to give up too much in preseason, right?

A: Not too much, because you know everyone's watching, but enough to get out there and get some work done on some things.

Q: What does the offense need work on?

A: Last game we drove down the field every single time; we kind of stopped ourselves. I think that's going to be big for us this week, just finishing drives and putting points on the board.

Q: You and Santonio Holmes are in sync right now. Is that because of the experience you guys have?

A: I think it's a myth. I think all you guys think we're on the same page, but we really have no idea what we're doing out there. We just get lucky. We're two lucky guys, I guess. If we just keep working together, hopefully things will keep panning out.

Q: He said you have trust. Can you explain what that is?

A: That's nice of him to say. It's just working together. I understand where he's going to be; he understands what I'm looking for. We put a lot of work in this offseason, just him and I on the field. We were down on Pitt's field sometimes practicing, just kicking little things around. The smallest questions you can ask him: If you're wide open where do you want the ball? Up around your shoulders? In your stomach? Just little things like that, and I think it's paid off so far.

Q: What do you think of him returning kicks? Is that too dangerous for someone so important to your offense?

A: Well he's pretty dangerous himself. Whatever can help this team, and I know he's an explosive player who can get things done. As long as he doesn't get hurt, I don't care, and he's not too tired for offense.

Q: How good is this group of receivers?

A: Every single group I've had has had different qualities and brought different things to the table, so I can't really say this is the best group, because then I wouldn't be doing Plax justice, and Antwaan, and guys like that. I won't say this is the best group, but I love the group that I have. They're awesome.

Q: You spent time with John Challis, who passed away. What were your thoughts when you heard that news?

A: It was tough. Got to spend a few days with him. Saw him at a hockey game and he looked great, and saw him at training camp and he was going downhill fast. It was tough. But the one thing about John is he never lost focus on what his point was, what his mission was. He stayed upbeat no matter what; made a lot of people appreciate what they have and to be thankful for every day. It takes a strong kid, a strong person, to do the things that he did.

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