Congratulations to Ben, for his performance in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions!
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance versus the Detroit Lions in Week 11.
Roethlisberger completed 29-of-45 pass attempts for 367 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a season-high passer rating of 119.4. He also led his team on a 16-play, 97-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to take a 30-27 lead. It marked the 29th time in his career during the regular season that he led his team to victory after trailing or being tied in the fourth quarter or overtime.
This marks the 10th time Roethlisberger has been named AFC Offensive player of the week, and first time since in 2011 (Weeks 5 and 8). For the season, Roethlisberger has totaled 2,901 passing yards on the season, which are the second-most in team history in a player’s first 10 games of a season since 1960.
You can see game highlights of Ben’s performance here.
“Offensive award? That goes to everybody because so many guys were involved in that. But that was last week’s award. We’re working for this week now.” — Ben
Wednesday’s Q&A with the media:
Ben talks about this Sunday’s game against the Browns.
What sticks out about Cleveland’s defense?
Everything. From the front to the back, it’s great defensive line, good linebackers and maybe one of the best cornerbacks in the league. They’ve got an all-around good defense. No holes that we can find right now.
Re: Being 15-1 against the Browns:
We’ve put some good games together when we’ve played them. It’s an AFC North rival, so any time you play them you want to step your game up a little bit. It doesn’t hurt that it’s from kind of the hometown where I grew up a little bit, so you get a little extra motivation.
You have been scoring more lately. What has been the difference between now and what went on at the beginning of the season?
We’ve done a little better in the red zone. If you ask me, we still have a long way to go in that area of our offense, but we’ve gotten better. We’ve scored a couple times when we’ve got down there. We just feel that we still left a lot out there so we still have a long way to go.
The latest report out is about your contract. Are you happy with your contract?
[Laughs] I love being in Pittsburgh. I’m extremely happy. These are all, obviously, new. Every week it’s something fun. [Jerricho Cotchery] asked me today, “What is the new rumor this week?” We’re always excited to see what Ian [Rapoport] is going to make up this week.
Was the ball coming out faster against Detroit?
In certain situations, yeah, because that was the intent. The game plan was to call a play and just get it out. We called some screens, some quick passes, because we saw that some of their coverage was a little soft and they gave up some underneath passes, some flats. That was my intention, especially early on and on early downs to just get it out and get it to the guys quick.
If it came to it, would you take less money to stay in Pittsburgh than you may get somewhere else?
You know what – obviously I would do whatever I needed to do, but that’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. That’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people that deal with all that stuff. I’ll do whatever it takes to stay here and to be a part of this team, and help this team out.
Is it hard to sustain the no-huddle over an entire game or multiple games because the defense adjusts?
It can be tricky. At times you start running out of calls. We have a lot of calls, but you start – certain things look good and you call them a couple times. Even late in that game, I called a run play and they sniffed it out. They started yelling, “Watch the run over here.” You have to have some alternatives and some different quick throws off of the run. It definitely can be tricky to do too much of it.
Do you notice teams catching onto your calls?
Not yet. Like I said, at the end of that game, just the one call in particular, but it’s kind of a common call that we’ve used quite a bit in the past.
Can you switch the hand signals up?
Yeah, we can switch some different things. I’m not going to sit here and breakdown my whole no-huddle for you guys. It doesn’t make any sense.
Have you thought about that camera before?
I always make, and this is not bullying, but I have Landry [Jones] check out the game tape. I watch the game tape, but I have him watch and Bruce [Gradkowski] does it too, but we all watch it and see what we can pick up to see if there’s anything that can help us so we know what’s on film and what’s not on film.
You can read more and watch video of his full interview here.