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Old 11-12-2008, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Roethlisberger facing practice standard

Roethlisberger facing practice standard
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Practice may or may not make perfect, but in Mike Tomlin's estimation, it beats the alternative.

The Steelers' coach is "hopeful" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be able to do more than just watch on the South Side this week as the Steelers prepare to play host to San Diego on Sunday.

Tomlin, in fact, will insist upon Roethlisberger being something other than a spectator this week if the sore-shouldered quarterback is to play against the Chargers.

"I do," Tomlin said, when asked if he has a minimum-practice requirement that must be met by his players prior to game day.

As for Roethlisberger's ability to satisfy that standard this week, "I'm going to remain hopeful and see where he is (this) morning," Tomlin said. "Hopefully, he practices for us (today)."

Roethlisberger practiced once, on Friday, prior to last Sunday's game against Indianapolis. He periodically has taken practice days off since sustaining a separated shoulder in the regular-season opener Sept. 7 against Houston.

The injury was aggravated during the Steelers' win Nov. 3 at Washington.

Despite sitting out the second half against the Redskins and most of the week's preparation for the Colts, Roethlisberger started against Indianapolis.

He was intercepted three times and finished with a 60.0 passer rating in a 24-20 loss at Heinz Field.

"He was able to play last week because, quite frankly, Indianapolis is a very simple team to be prepared for schematically," Tomlin said. "They don't try to trick you; what they do is what they do. And if there is a game you can go in and play on a limited number of (practice reps), it's (against) a team like that.

"This week is a new week. Some of the things that we've done in terms of getting him ready to play were short-term solutions. The reality is that as we go on, we recognize the value of practice and what the physical reps mean to us as an offense.

"We'll live day-to-day and go through that process this week."

Roethlisberger aggravated the injury while running a sneak for a touchdown late in the second quarter against the Redskins. He was replaced in the second half of that victory by backup Byron Leftwich.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians estimated that Roethlisberger was only "80 percent" against the Colts.

Tomlin said Roethlisberger's ability to throw the ball downfield wasn't affected as the game wore on against Indianapolis, but he acknowledged reluctance on Roethlisberger's part to get outside of the pocket and run.

"He's aware of his health and what his health means to us," Tomlin said. "I'm sure he's exercising a little more precaution maybe than he did in the past.

"Of course, the shoulder is what it is. It's something he has dealt with and will continue to deal with. We'll see where he is when he comes in here and gets looked at. We'll see what his availability is for practice after that."


Roethlisberger has said all of the missed practice hasn't affected his performance in games because of his ability to take "mental reps."

But Tomlin said those only take a player so far.

"I think it's important that you practice and get physical reps," Tomlin said. "One of the things we've been dealing with in regards to his situation is a little short-term misery. When people are dealing with injuries such as his, you miss practice time, but they're veteran players and you get them to the stadium and you play. But that's only a short-term solution.

"The longer that the process goes on, you see issues turn up in terms of timing and cohesion. That's really the spot that we're at, at this point."

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Old 11-12-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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Default Roethlisberger's practice time key to a Sunday start against Chargers

Roethlisberger's practice time key to a Sunday start against Chargers
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If he does not practice more often than he did last week, Byron Leftwich will start.

That was the message coach Mike Tomlin delivered in so many words at his news conference yesterday. He said he has a cutoff day for when he will determine if Roethlisberger will play or not.

"I do, but I'm going to remain hopeful and see where he is in the morning," Tomlin said yesterday. "Hopefully, he practices for us tomorrow."

Roethlisberger, who has had a sore/separated right shoulder since it was first injured in the season opener, has on two occasions not practiced until Friday and then started the following game on Sunday. The first time occurred before the Steelers played at Jacksonville Oct. 5, and the second came last week after it was reinjured on a quarterback sneak for a touchdown that Monday night in Washington. He also did nothing but hand off during a Thursday practice before the second game at Cleveland.

The Steelers won two of those three games.

Roethlisberger has started all nine games. Leftwich relieved him to start the second half against Washington and performed well in a 23-6 victory.

Roethlisberger returned to start Sunday. But, after two interceptions led to Indianapolis touchdowns in a 24-20 loss, Tomlin acknowledged that this time it's different. He suggested that he will place more consideration on Roethlisberger's ability to practice this week.

"I think it's important that you practice and get physical reps," Tomlin said. "One of the things we've been dealing with because of his injury is short-term misery, if you will. When people are dealing with injuries such as his, you miss practice time. But they're veteran players, and you get them to the stadium and you play. But that's only a short-term solution."

In the long run, a quarterback who does not practice much loses his efficiency, Tomlin implied.

"The longer that goes on, you start to see issues come up with timing and cohesion," Tomlin said. "I think that's the spot that we're at at this point."

Tomlin also implied that if the Steelers had played Sunday against a defense that used a more complicated scheme, Roethlisberger might not have played because of his lack of practice.

"He was able to play last week because, quite frankly, Indianapolis is a very easy team to be prepared for schematically. They don't try to trick you. What they do is what they do. If there is a game that you can go in and play on a limited number of reps, it's a team like that. That was part of the process and decision-making that we went through last week."

San Diego's defense does not present a particularly tough challenge because it ranks 26th overall in the NFL this week, last against the pass. Deciphering it, however, might pose more of a problem because the Chargers will operate for only the second game under new coordinator Ron Rivera, who replaced Ted Cottrell, fired at midseason. Against Kansas City Sunday, Rivera had the Chargers playing more 4-3 alignments than Cottrell's favored 3-4.

"This week is a new week," Tomlin said. "Some of the things that we've done in terms of getting him ready to play were short-term answers and solutions. The reality is, as we go on, we recognize the value of practice and what the physical reps mean to us as an offense. We'll live day to day and go through that process this week."

The shoulder injury also may be a reason Roethlisberger has not been effective running with the ball this season. He has 16 runs for 30 yards, many of them trying to avoid a sack, of which he has 28. Last season, he ran 35 times for 204 yards, second among AFC quarterbacks to Vince Young.

"He's aware of his health and what he means to us," Tomlin said. "I'm sure he's exercising a little bit more caution than what he did in the past."

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Old 11-12-2008, 08:53 AM   #3
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its good to see that coach tomlin isnt going to let him get by..lol..

you have to agree with tomlin that the more practice you get the better you play in the game.
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Big Ben out of practice and it shows
By Mike Bires
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Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:01 AM EST


PITTSBURGH — For a guy who has yet to miss a start, Ben Roethlisberger sure misses a lot of practice. And that’s becoming a problem for him and the Steelers.

Combined with the pain in his injured right shoulder, Roethlisberger’s lack of practice time has had a negative effect on the way he plays quarterback.

So says coach Mike Tomlin.

“The longer that goes on, you start to see issues come up with timing and cohesion,” Tomlin said of the practice time missed by Roethlisberger in recent weeks. “It’s important that you get practice and physical reps.”

Typically, NFL teams practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If they’re playing a Monday night game, they’ll also practice Saturday.

Roethlisberger has missed four Wednesday practices so far. Twice, he’s missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday. On several other instances, he’s been limited, meaning that backup Byron Leftwich takes all or most snaps with the first-team offense.

Last week when asked about missing so many practices, Roethlisberger said, “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”

Before the Steelers played in Jacksonville on Oct. 5, Roethlisberger missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and hardly practiced that Friday. Yet he went out and played his best game of the season with 309 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 100.6 passer rating.

But last week after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday and splitting time with Leftwich on Friday, Roethlisberger threw three interceptions and posted a lowly 60.0 passer rating in a 24-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

In his last three games, Roethlisberger has thrown eight interceptions and with an average passer rating of 37.9.

Last week, Tomlin conceded that Roethlisberger’s shoulder injury — originally suffered in the Sept. 7 season opener — is affecting his performance. Now, Tomlin admits that lack of practice time is hurting Roethlisberger and his chemistry with the receivers as well.

“The reality is … we recognize the value of practice and what the physical reps mean to us as an offense,” Tomlin said.

Through nine games, Roethlisberger has thrown only 10 touchdown passes. After nine games last year, he had thrown 22. He’s already thrown 11 interceptions, which matches his total of last year. A year ago, Roethlisberger set a team record when he ranked second in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating. Right now, he’s 25th in the league at 76.1.

Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference that he hopes Roethlisberger can practice every day this week.

“It’s our intent right now that he’ll practice (today),” Tomlin said. “The shoulder is what it is. It’s something that he has dealt with and will continue to deal with.”

Despite Roethlisberger’s recent struggles, Tomlin has no plans of switching quarterbacks Sunday when the Steelers (6-3) host the San Diego Chargers (4-5).

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Yes it is Ben needs practice and its starting to show in his last three starts of the season. Injured or not if he can play a game that week he sure can practice.
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We talkin practice! to quote AI.
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It definately looks like he needs the practice. I agree with what Tomlin is doing here.
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Timing matters, Timing is gotten by many reps in practice. You can't just go half speed for a week, then go full speed on Sunday.
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Like I used to say when I was playing football
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PERFECT PRACTICE PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE

Obviously Ben is gonna have to do that and i applaud Tomlin for it. You wont practice, then you wont play.
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