Ben Roethlisberger met with the media on Wednesday. Here's what the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers had to say:
You going to be able to practice today?
I'm not going to practice today just to get a little rest. But I'll be out there tomorrow. I may throw a little bit today, just to throw with the guys, but I don't think I'll do more than that.
Anything you'd like to have done different and you need to do different this week?
We've just got to play better. The defense did a good job of keeping us in there and offensively we've got keep playing better. It's tough. They're a good football team.
What about having Santonio (Holmes) back in there?
It's Santonio. Him and I have really come a long way, both on and off the field. He's a weapon for us and it will be fun to have him back out there.
What do you think when you've seen a quarterback who hasn't thrown an interception at this point in the season?
It's impressive. I can't speak about how many passes he's thrown, how many touchdowns. There's a lot of factors that go into that. But it's impressive in this league not to throw an interception.
Can you talk a little bit about their defense?
Fast, very fast, very physical. They're flying around and have a lot of guys that can go sideline to sideline. It's not going to be easy. It's going to be a challenge for us.
Are they similar to the Eagles and the Giants?
I think that whole NFC East is. They're throwing a lot of blitzes at you. They're all big guys that can move around and throw different looks at you and try to confuse you. We've seen it twice so far and we'll see it again this week.
Are you kind of tired of losing to those guys?
Yeah. I think you never like to lose, but if you're going to lose, now is the time to lose. Hopefully we can see them again in the Super Bowl if we make it.
Will you talk to (Antwaan) Randle El at all before the game?
Yeah if I see him, of course I will. He's a friend and if I see him, I'll get a chance to say hi and talk to him.
What about the challenge of going down there on Monday night?
I think they'll have what seems like 100,000 people down there. It will be loud. I've only ever played there in the preseason. I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good.
What is it about that?
The couple of preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it.
Is it a distraction?
It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore. We've told Dennis (Dixon) to be aware and to keep his eyes open and to be aware of it, so we'll see if Dennis Dixon is ready.
What about you guys in prime time? That seems to bring out the best in you.
It's one of those things where everybody's watching you, your peers are watching you. You want to perform and play you best. Hopefully we can come out and shine.
Does coming off a loss make a win more important?
Yeah, because you hate to lose two in a row. We're hungry and we are beat up. It seems likes this is one of the most injured years for teams around the NFL. We've got a lot of beat up guys, as do they. It's going to be tough, but we need to come out and be hungry.
Is Santonio involved in the offense as much as you'd like?
I really do. We've got so many things that we're ready for that we just haven't seen yet. There are things that really aren't part of the offense, just things that we've talked about and communicated with. I think there are still big things to come between him and I.
Was that game as tough for you to watch on film as it was in person?
I didn't get hit when we were watching on film. No, it's tough to lose the game. But you know what? You move on. The turnovers hurt. You look at every situation and there was a reason for it.
How beat up are you at this point compared to other teams?
Average. I'm still standing. I can still play if I have to. I've got the regular bumps and bruises.
When you look at the film, does it appear that sometimes you hold the ball too long?
I think it's one of those things where when I hold it and scramble out and throw a touchdown, they're happy for it. It's one of those things where you just don't worry about what people say.