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Ben speaks
January 19th, 2011

Here is a transcript of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's Q&A with the media Wednesday.

Q: How did you develop the pump fake you use so much?

A: “I have no idea. Honestly.”

Q: Have you always had it?

A: “I guess so. I’ve never really thought about it that much.”

Q: Are the Jets doing anything differently than last time you saw them?

A: “Today we’re just kind of getting into it, but they’re a really good defense, point blank. The first time, obviously, they came in here and put a hurting on us here at home. They have a lot of great players from inside the line to the linebackers to the secondary. They try and confuse. I think that’s the biggest thing that they do, and part of Rex Ryan’s mastermind coach, I mean he did it with Baltimore when we played them and now he’s doing it here with the Jets. It’s just bringing guys from all over the place. You don’t know where people are lining up, how to identify; it’s a big challenge for us this week.”

Q: How important has it been re-developing your relationship with the city?

A: “You know what? It’s about the last thing on my mind right now. It’s about playing football, and that’s what I try to do is play football games and win and just be me.”

Q: Do you relish this chance in the playoffs more this year?

A: “Anytime that I can be around these guys and play the game that I love, it’s an awesome thing, and the success that we’ve had this year as a team is a great thing. I said all along, we’re a family, we’re a close group, and to be able to have this opportunity to play a great football team like the Jets, to be able to do it at home in front of our fans is an awesome thing.”

Q: Do you think Darrelle Revis’ reputation keeps quarterbacks from throwing in his direction, even when guys look to be open sometimes?

A: “Absolutely. But then you get in trouble because you go to the other side and there’s (Antonio) Cromartie. That’s why I say this whole defense is so good. It’s hard to single out one guy to stay away from because they have 10 other guys, and sometimes it seems like 15 other guys out there that you have to deal with. But to answer your question, absolutely, he’s a stopper.”

Q: When Santonio Holmes was traded, what were your thoughts?

A: “Just kind of amazement, wondering what was going on, what happened? Just a lot of questions.”

Q: What did you think about the touchdown catch last Sunday that Santonio Holmes had?

A: “Unbelievable. I mean, that’s what he does, he makes plays.”

Q: What does it mean having Heath Miller being available this time against the Jets.

A: “It’s huge. Heath Miller is the best tight end in the game. I don’t want to take anything away from D.J. (David Johnson) or Matt Spaeth, who played well last time, but Heath Miller is a special player, and even when he’s not getting the ball, he opens things up for the guys on the outside and he’s a great safety valve for me.

Q: How different do the Jets look from week to week?

A: “It’s a lot of confusion. That’s, I think, probably one of the things they pride themselves in. It starts with coach (Rex) Ryan. He’s a mastermind at what he does, and that’s why it’s extra study, it’s extra walkthroughs. It’s as much as you can do. The Jets defense beat the two best quarterbacks in the game at their place. I don’t know how I’m going to do it. I mean, they’re good.”

Q: On Peyton Manning and Tom Brady not being able to move outside the pocket like him and if being able to get out of the pocket becomes another weapon in his arsenal this week?

A: “I guess, but those two are also the best in the pocket at doing what they do. Like I said, to go into their place and beat them at home is something really special.”

Q: What did you think of Antonio Cromartie saying, ‘I love Ben.’

A: “I love him, too. I have a lot of respect for those guys, every single one of them on defense, because they’re so good. I mean, they really are. I could just sit here and talk good about them all day, but all I have to do is say they went to Indy and to New England and beat the two best quarterbacks in the game. Enough said in my opinion.”

Q: On his run in 2005 and if he sees Mark Sanchez starting to gain that kind of confidence?

A: “Oh, yeah. He had a lot of what I did, too. It’s nice when they don’t talk about you because they talk about your defense and how good they are and the players. So it’s kind of a nice thing you can fly under the radar a little bit. With him being in New York it’s a little bit harder to do that, but every week you watch him he’s getting better. He takes the criticism that everyone seems to be giving him for some reason and just kind of seems to brush it off and move on and play better every week.”

Q: What progress do you see in Mark Sanchez?

A: “Like I said, I think he just makes the plays. People get on him a lot. It’s, ‘Run the ball and manage the game, Mark.’ No, to be a quarterback at (that) level and do what he’s done, you don’t just manage a game. You play the game and do it at a high level, and that’s what he’s done. And I think, like I said, every week you see him take strides and get that much better.”

Q: What kind of advantage does a quarterback have when he walks into an established and veteran team?

A: “It helps because you don’t feel like you have to make a play every single time. You can afford to make a mistake and your defense is going to bail you out. At least that was the mentality that I took. I don’t know if that’s the same approach he has, but to be able to have a complete team and a veteran team, guys that know how to win football games, it helps, especially as a young guy.”

Q: Do you feel in some way like you are partially responsible for Santonio Holmes not being here (with his issues and having the sense the Steelers couldn’t have too many more situations)?

A: “Well, it’s probably a question for the front office.”

Q: Does it rankle you that you are not mentioned with the top quarterbacks?

A: “No, it’s OK for me because I know that I’m probably not ever going to win a league MVP, probably never going to win a passing title. But that’s not why I play the game. I just go out and try and win football games and try and win championships.”

Q: What do you think about Hines Ward being outspoken?

A: “I think this is a team. We stand up for each other, we look out for each other, and I think that’s one of the reasons we have the success that we have is because we are there for each other and we treat each other like we’re family and we see each other as family."

Q: What do you think of Bart Scott speaking highly of you?

A: “It’s a compliment, especially when other defenses or players talk highly of you. I know Bart from many a times in Baltimore and some fierce rivalries that we’ve had. He’s delivered one of the hardest hits on me that I’ve ever felt, so that’s why I take what Bart Scott says with a grain of salt.”

Q: Does the chemistry feel different this year because of everything you have been through?

A: "No, I think we…I’ve been here seven years, and that’s a long time. We’ve had a lot of the same guys. We have had some new turnover, which you do on any team, but to be able to be around a group like this, it starts at the top. It starts with the Rooney family to the coaches to the players. I’ve said since I got here, I was excited to come to the Steelers because it’s a special organization.”

Q: Do you laugh off the criticism that Bruce Arians get?

A: “I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bruce, for the play calling, for him as a person. He is a mentor to me, a fatherly figure. He gets way, way too much blame and criticism, and he just kind of laughs about it. And it’s kind of unfortunate because he is so good. If you ask the players, we know. If you ask someone that knows the game of football, you know how good he is and what he’s done for this offense and what he brings. He gets criticized when last year we had two 1,000-yard receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 4,000-yard passer. That’s a pretty good offense. So I think he gets way too much heat, but because he’s been coaching for so long and is such a good professional, he just lets it kind of roll off his sleeve and keeps moving forward. And that’s one of the (reasons) why we respect him and love him so much.”
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