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lamberts-lost-tooth
12-08-2007, 05:41 AM
Patriots respect Steelers' Roethlisberger
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, December 8, 2007


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has an unexpected ally in New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison.
Yes, the same Harrison who starts for the Patriots and will be going all out to defeat Roethlisberger's Steelers when the teams meet Sunday afternoon in Gillette Stadium.

Asked Friday to discuss Roethlisberger's improved play this season, Harrison unloaded on his questioner.

"You guys act like he just fell apart, like he's a complete bum," Harrison said. "This guy's a Pro Bowl quarterback."

A year after completing 280 of 469 passes for 3,513 yards, 18 touchdowns and a career-high 23 interceptions, Roethlisberger is 214 of 320 for 2,564 yards, a career-high 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
His completion rating has improved (66.9 percent, up from 59.7 percent a year ago). So has his quarterback rating, which has increased from 75.4 to 102.9.

The Steelers, who finished 8-8 in 2006, carry a 9-3 record against the 12-0 Patriots.

"We all struggle. Quarterbacks struggle," Harrison said. "(Green Bay's) Brett Favre, he was the worst thing in the world, according to you guys last year. But now all of a sudden he's the greatest thing. But he's a Hall of Fame quarterback.

"I'm not trying to put Roethlisberger in that situation, but at the same time players are going to struggle. Just because they struggle one year, that doesn't mean that they've lost anything or they're not a good player."

New England coach Bill Belichick said Roethlisberger, a fourth-year starter, has matured as a starting quarterback.

"I think like any quarterback in a couple of years he's matured," Belichick said. "He does a lot of little things maybe a little better than he did a couple of years ago, but he was pretty good then (and) he's pretty good now.''

Roethlisberger's ability to read defenses has made a difference in his performance, according to starting cornerback Ellis Hobbs.

"His mental game has risen so it's the best of both worlds," Hobbs said.

Harrison said Roethlisberger is finally being recognized for making the type of plays he was known for earlier in his career.

"He completes passes, he's able to keep drives alive by shrugging off blitzers and defensive linemen and throwing the ball down the field. His vision is great," Harrison said.

"He's just making plays. That's the difference."

Elvis
12-08-2007, 05:53 AM
Well, the Patriots are saying the right things that they need to. But they are looking forward to this game. They are gonna be the best test of our defense that we have seen so far. The next 2 weeks will tell us really how good our team is. I think that the Steelers have a chance in Foxboro, but they will have to play a game like we did against the Colts a couple years ago in the play-offs..
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JackHammer
12-08-2007, 06:10 AM
I CANNOT WAIT!!!!

klick81
12-08-2007, 11:01 AM
Just like any military mind does, they're doing: you show build your opponent up in the mind of the people/media. This way, after you beat them (although it's not happening this time Patsies), you seem even greater.

I.P.T.
12-08-2007, 11:24 AM
Just like any military mind does, they're doing: you show build your opponent up in the mind of the people/media. This way, after you beat them (although it's not happening this time Patsies), you seem even greater.
Maybe,just maybe,Rodney means what he says.
Do you think the Pats think Big Ben sucks?

19ward86
12-08-2007, 12:55 PM
those were some pretty good assumptions of ben. i and every other steelers fan have known how good roethlisberger really is but he is always torn down by espn and all of the former players saying he just does what he is told, he doesnt do anything special which is completely wrong. some say he was lucky that he came to a team with a great running game. since when did jeromes 600yd/season and duce's 800yds/season become a great running game? by the time ben got here bettis's career was winding down and duce staley was our last option, o sorry i forgot about amoz zeroque????????????????????????????????

Black@Gold Forever32
12-08-2007, 12:56 PM
I also read on steelerfury.com that old Belichick stated that Willie Colon is one of the best OTs the Pats will face all season and he also said that Kendall Simmons is an all pro OG...lol So I don't think he was serious and I really don't care are trust what any of those scum bags say...lol

HometownGal
12-08-2007, 01:15 PM
"You guys act like he just fell apart, like he's a complete bum," Harrison said. "This guy's a Pro Bowl quarterback."

It's up to Ben tomorrow to prove Rodney right and I think he will be more than up to the task.

(And - Ben won't jump up and chase a ref after he's hit or point his damning finger at a receiver who dropped a ball or ran a wrong route like someone we know).