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09-22-2006, 12:07 AM
Big Ben eager to see offense improve

By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, September 22, 2006


It may be too early in the season, heck too early in his career, to call Sunday's game a critical one for Ben Roethlisberger.
But the third-year pro has to know his performance will be dissected even more than usual, which may seem impossible given that he plays the highest-profile position in a city where the pro football team ranks a close second to oxygen in terms of priority.

That is why the Steelers starting quarterback acknowledged Thursday that he will have to resist the urge to make up for one bad game in one quarter against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

"We need to get off fast, but we need to be smart with it," Roethlisberger said before practice at the Steelers' South Side facility. "I need to make sure that I don't try to do too much this week. Let's go out and take what they give me."

Jacksonville didn't give Roethlisberger much Monday night except for another reason to feel sick.

The Jaguars stuffed the Steelers running game and limited Roethlisberger, who played with a cold and a fever, to 141 yards passing and intercepted him twice.

For all he'd like to forget about the game, Roethlisberger did concede that it had some value.

If nothing else, it allowed he and his teammates to get a feel for one another during game conditions -- the speed is much faster than anything they see in practice.

"I think it helped; I really do," said Roethlisberger, who missed the season opener because of an emergency appendectomy and didn't play much in the preseason due to an offseason motorcycle accident. "It is good to get out there, and hopefully, I'll be better this week."

He figures to, at the very least, feel better. Roethlisberger said he was still taking antibiotics but that his cold was "going away.

He hopes the offensive troubles he experienced against the Jaguars also goes away.

He missed some passes and had a few of them dropped in Jacksonville, contributing to a miserable offensive performance in which the Steelers crossed midfield just one time in 11 possessions.

"It wasn't off by much," wide receiver Hines Ward said of Pittsburgh's passing game. "It was just a play here, a play there. Our timing will be better this week, as opposed to last week."

The offense and the passing game, in general, will be helped considerably by the return of a strong running attack. Or even a semblance of one.

Willie Parker rushed for 115 yards in the season opener but managed just 20 yards on 11 carries against the Jaguars.

Roethlisberger is well aware that the ground game is the foundation of the offense, but he knows the Bengals defense also will dictate what the Steelers do when they have the ball.

"If that means throwing the ball down the field, it means throwing the ball down the field," he said. "If it means hitting the check down or checking to run plays, then that's what we've got to do."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_471666.html

stlrtruck
09-22-2006, 08:00 AM
Oxygen rates higher than football in Pittsburgh? Someone has their facts wrong!

I'm looking forward to Ben tearing the bungles D a new one!!!!

BlackNGold203
09-22-2006, 08:55 AM
there will be improvement....but Ben is right...you cant try to do too much....

Take what their defense gives you...be patient...and all will be well...:cool:

cmdrfunk
09-22-2006, 02:28 PM
Why is he taking antibiotics if a cold is caused by virii?

siss
09-22-2006, 02:31 PM
Its probably for his appendicitis.

19ward86
09-22-2006, 03:19 PM
cant wait, i bet if he starts off bad and ends bad by the end of the first half, then we will be seeing a lot of charlie batch.

Atlanta Dan
09-22-2006, 03:31 PM
It may be too early in the season, heck too early in his career, to call Sunday's game a critical one for Ben Roethlisberger.

No, it is never too early to over react - by all means let's go on suicide watch and agree that if the Steelers lose Sunday the Roethlisberger era in Pittsburgh is at an end and that the Steelers need to tank the season so they can draft Brady Quinn.

I can only imagine the tone of the stories we will be reading if the Steelers lose on Sunday and everyone has 2 weeks until the San Diego game to brood.

It is a nice inflammatoryt lead for the story but that writer needs to get a grip and/or an editor.

augustashark
09-22-2006, 03:32 PM
Improve?, it could'nt get any worse!

Rush58
09-22-2006, 07:27 PM
As long as we stay a run 1st offense, we will always be a one-dimensional team with an under develop qb.

Dynasty
09-22-2006, 09:55 PM
As long as we stay a run 1st offense, we will always be a one-dimensional team with an under develop qb.

If you mean to call Roethlisberger an underdeveloped QB, then you are obviously mistraken. As far as I know of, underdeveloped QBs don't take their teams to the AFC championship game in their rookie year, then win a Super Bowl in the next year. And just because the Steelers are a run first team, that does not make us one-dimensional. Especially considering the way Big Ben plays.

Atlanta Dan
09-22-2006, 10:03 PM
As long as we stay a run 1st offense, we will always be a one-dimensional team with an under develop qb.

Bob Oates of the LA Times has been covering the NFL for longer than most of the posters on this board have been alive. Oates apparently disagrees with you:

Counting them up, at least six NFL teams have started the season playing modern, pass-first football -- the Cincinnati Bengals with Carson Palmer, New England Patriots with Tom Brady, Pittsburgh Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, Philadelphia Eagles with Donovan McNabb, Seattle Seahawks with Matt Hasselbeck, the Bears and the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning -- sometimes.

It won't be much surprise if, several months hence, two of these six clubs are in the Super Bowl.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/football/nfl/la-sp-oates0919,1,2507788.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nfl

Rush58
09-22-2006, 11:39 PM
Bob Oates of the LA Times has been covering the NFL for longer than most of the posters on this board have been alive. Oates apparently disagrees with you:

Counting them up, at least six NFL teams have started the season playing modern, pass-first football -- the Cincinnati Bengals with Carson Palmer, New England Patriots with Tom Brady, Pittsburgh Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, Philadelphia Eagles with Donovan McNabb, Seattle Seahawks with Matt Hasselbeck, the Bears and the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning -- sometimes.

It won't be much surprise if, several months hence, two of these six clubs are in the Super Bowl.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/football/nfl/la-sp-oates0919,1,2507788.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nfl

They must not have watched the Steelers play. Cowher is still running the ball too much on 1st and 2nd down, leaving Ben to convert tough 3rd downs to extend drives. Cowher returned to the same regular season offense after the 1st drive in the Super Bowl and it almost cost us the game.