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Old 10-20-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Ben - 'Marquee' QBs get the calls

Well this certainly sets up nicely with Tom Terrific coming to Pittsburgh next week

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he believes certain "marquee" quarterbacks get more penalty calls from officials than others.

In an interview with Jim Rome, Roethlisberger said the officials "know who are the marquee guys and they want to protect them ...

"I think in part because the league doesn't want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks," Roethlisberger said. "No offense to the other Patriots, but who's gong to watch the Patriots without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees. That's the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don't want them to get hurt."


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Old 10-20-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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seems like a pretty stupid thing to say whether it's true or not. After the Anthony Smith game from a few years ago, why would the Steelers want to give the Patriots any bulletin board material?
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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seems like a pretty stupid thing to say whether it's true or not. After the Anthony Smith game from a few years ago, why would the Steelers want to give the Patriots any bulletin board material?
How can it hurt?

Steelers were respectful last season and still were stomped by New England

Steelers record against the Pats when Brady starts is 1-6 so why not let it rip
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:13 PM   #4
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that's a good point
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Default Re: Ben - 'Marquee' QBs get the calls

Wow, can't believe our players are continually allowed to say uneccessary things to the media. Tomlin doesn't seem to have any hold on this team off the field. Ben is right but we are starting to sound like whiners. Im sure Brady will get a few extra flags in his favor next week and Ben will have to be on a backboard to get a call. Interesting, Us Steeler fans will watch the Steelers every game but would others watch if Ben was out?
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Wow, can't believe our players are continually allowed to say uneccessary things to the media. Tomlin doesn't seem to have any hold on this team off the field. Ben is right but we are starting to sound like whiners. Im sure Brady will get a few extra flags in his favor next week and Ben will have to be on a backboard to get a call. Interesting, Us Steeler fans will watch the Steelers every game but would others watch if Ben was out?
Steelers had a national following when O'Donnell, Kordell and Maddox were the QBs
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Wow, can't believe our players are continually allowed to say uneccessary things to the media. Tomlin doesn't seem to have any hold on this team off the field. Ben is right but we are starting to sound like whiners. Im sure Brady will get a few extra flags in his favor next week and Ben will have to be on a backboard to get a call. Interesting, Us Steeler fans will watch the Steelers every game but would others watch if Ben was out?
i think it would help to actually watch the interview before deciding what he "sounds" like.

http://www.jimrome.com/videos?uri=ch...383728/1514648

he basically said he isnt gonna change his style of play. he isnt playing for year 15 and he isnt concerned if the next game is his last.

he isnt gonna lobby for flags, call out the refs, flap his arms at them begging for flags or curse them out/show them up like other pink helmet wearing qb's we know.

thats his prerogative.

rome did note that vick and ben are marquee players in their own right.

im sure the no name scrub defenders on the patriots defense will be looking to get their shots in.
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Big Whoop!! All he said is what Vick and nearly every talking head at ESPN or NFL network have been saying. He could have went further and said some rules are named for those players.
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I hope that the Steelers go back to that game plan they used against the Titans. Keep Brady off the field, eat up the clock and torch that defense that is one of the worst in the league. I just hope they don't keep trying to hit the long ones all game or we will lose by 2-3 TDs.
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He just said what everyone is thinking.
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