Did you miss The Ben Roethlisberger Show today?

Well then, here are some recap highlights for you:

On whether they abandoned the running game –

“I don’t think so at all. I think we did what we wanted to do. We knew that they had a pass rush so we wanted to get the ball out quick, and get it going down the field. We did that. We didn’t abandon the run. We did what we wanted to do, and we were successful at doing it. You look at over 500 yards of offense – you can’t sit there and say, ‘Man, I wish we would’ve ran it more!’ We shouldn’t have turned the ball over and we should’ve scored. That’s all. It has nothing to with whether we run it or throw it. It’s strictly turning the ball over.”


On whether, after reviewing that last interception, he wished he would have just “lived to play another down rather than throwing that ball?”

“Obviously, yes. I’m not really sure how you would do that. Do you just fall down? When I didn’t get the snap clean, I didn’t want to hand it off because I was afraid of a missed handoff and a chance to fumble it. Of course you can sit there and laugh at that and say, ‘Well okay, you should’ve done that.’ So I was kind of trying to take to the safer route. Should I have just went to the ground and lost two yards? Thrown it through the uprights? Probably, but those are all things that are happening in split-seconds. And like I said, I thought I was doing the safest thing by throwing it where AB was gonna have to really make a play for it, but looking at it on film, like I said, I wish we would’ve went back to JuJu four straight plays.”


On whether the Broncos plan was to challenge him to “throw it all over the field” –

“Yes, that’s what they did. Their safety was overtop of AB a lot, almost double-teaming him, cover-two his side. They had safeties, the other safety was down in the box. They were daring us to throw the ball to other guys, and we did. Guys made plays. Look at the day JuJu had – Switzer had a great day. We had to do those things. And so we had to do those things. Rankings don’t…who cares about rankings – every day is a different ballgame. That’s why you throw stats out the window. You can’t get caught up in the numbers and stats.”


On James Washington’s fumble in the endzone –

“James needs to run through that and it’s a touchdown. We need him to bounce back. I think he just didn’t trust his hands. For some reason he jumped/drove. I’m not really sure what he’s doing. We looked at it. Coach got on him pretty good yesterday. We took a long hard look at it. James just needs to run through it, and it’s a touchdown. James, he needs to make that play. Yes, he’s a rookie, but you cant be out there if you’re not gonna make those plays for us. When I said ‘confidence,’ I think he needs to have confidence in himself. We need him to bounce back.”


On the interceptions –

“I can’t control when a D-lineman gets blocked into a ball. I can’t control when a DB like Ramsey makes a play on AB. I obviously can control the end of a half when I throw the ball up for AB to make a play. But we talked about it after that game, I’m not gonna even take that back. Because he’s one of the best in the business, AB, and I’m gonna give him a chance.

“Things happen….I’m a quarterback that is going to go out and sling it. I’m not going to worry about interceptions. I hate doing them, they bother me. But I’m going to go out and play my game and try and help us win football games. Basketball right, you miss threes. Do they stop shooting? No, because you trust yourself.”


On Al Villanueva’s touchdown –

So much fun…we were so happy for Al, it was so awesome. And what a great throw by Boz! Al is special. He’s one of the guys. If any of the linemen would’ve caught the ball – they would all have gone nuts, but it was really neat for Al. He’d been practicing that play for weeks. When they practiced this week (or last week, I don’t remember), Boz just overthrew him and we let Al have it like crazy. It was just a lot of fun to watch him score.


You can listen to Ben’s full show here.



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