Big play highlights one-minute drill
Friday, August 5, 2005
By BOB LABRIOLA
LATROBE, Pa. ? It was classic Ben Roethlisberger, and a crowd estimated at 8,500 loved it.
Almost exactly one calendar year after he exploded onto the scene during a Saturday afternoon practice at St. Vincent College, Roethlisberger again showed the combination of skills that make him a special NFL quarterback.
It was during what Coach Bill Cowher refers to as the one-minute drill. It?s first-team offense versus first-team defense in a hurry-up situation, complete with running clock and timeouts.
The offense started just over its own 20-yard line, and there was 1:22 to play. Roethlisberger had four wide receivers on the field ? Antwaan Randle El, Cedrick Wilson, Lee Mays and Sean Morey; the defense was in the dime alignment.
Roethlisberger?s first pass was incomplete for Morey. On second-and-10, he completed a 9-yard pass to Morey who got out of bounds. On third-and-1, Roethlisberger took the snap and got pressure from the defense. He was flushed to his right, but when he couldn?t find a receiver, he looped around all the way to the left.
In a dead sprint toward the left sideline, he spotted Wilson behind Deshea Townsend and lofted the ball about 45 yards downfield. Wilson made the catch and completed the play for what was about a 67-yard touchdown.
"There was a third-and-1 scramble throw," said Cowher. "I wish we had seen a few more plays just to execute the no-huddle element of it. It was a good, competitive practice. Really, I thought it was our best practice of the week on both sides of the ball. During the second one-minute, it was a good chance to get a lot of things accomplished, looking at situations and we?ll continue to do that throughout."
The second one-minute situation was run by Charlie Batch, who got about 1:45 on the clock.
Batch moved the offense methodically down the field, with the big play being an 18-yard completion to Walter Young to convert a third-and-10 with 52 seconds left. The final play was a pass into the end zone for Young, and Chidi Iwuoma was flagged for pass interference by one of the NFL officials who are in camp working with the Steelers this week. Cowher ended the drill at that point.
"It was crisp, it was competitive," said Cowher about the afternoon workout. "I thought we were able to pick up some things. I thought we executed some things better than we have. I just like the tempo and I really liked the execution on both sides."
Apparently, the fans agreed, because as the team gathered on the field after practice for a few words from Cowher, they treated the players and coaches to a round of applause.
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