“I’m a better player because of A.B…I owe him a lot of my success. I’m not worried about where our chemistry will be.” — Ben.
“You lose a game at home; you never want to do that. Obviously, you want to be perfect at home and make it really hard for teams to come play us at Heinz Field but really it’s early in the season. It just means we can’t go undefeated.”
Roethlisberger says AB will take his time to gather his answer and that whether or now Brown spoke yesterday, his teammates would still have to answer questions about it.
“He’s a competitor and he wants to be the best in the world and he probably is the best in the world and he wants to make every play and catch every ball and every touchdown, which is what every player wants to do. You know he took it out on some people and I give Randy [Fichtner] a lot of credit for not losing it on him but you know it’s just one of those things that I think in the heat of the battle and you’re losing the football game, it’s just tough on anybody.
“I don’t I think he just…it’s just another reason why I don’t do social media right? Guys get under your skin and find a way to do it,” said Roethlisberger. “I don’t think he wants traded. I’ll speak with him tomorrow and maybe I’ll have a different answer after that but I don’t think that.”
Roethlisberger says that a lot of the currently players only know social media and says “it’s hard to break habits and they enjoy using their platforms to reach fans and there definitely is some good that comes with it but I think if you’re going to do it you have to not get caught up in reading all the extra tweets . . . where you get in trouble is when you start responding to other people.
Roethlisberger says he doesn’t hear about most of the off the field and social media antics until later because he doesn’t have a social media presence.
“A lot of stuff I don’t know about until other guys in the locker room tell me about it because they’re on (social media) . . . I guess as an old school guy, I just kind of shake my head and say man it’s crazy how times have changed,” said Roethlisberger.
While the distractions can be bothersome, Roethlisberger doesn’t think that the off field antics are a distraction when their on the field.
“You got to this level for a reason right? You got here because you’re talented. You’re able to put things behind you. You’re able to focus . . . I would hope that guys would be able to do that and really just go out and do your job and put the off the field things behind you and really just focus on your brothers and trying to win for them.”
On the field Brown has been a target 33 times with 18 catches so far this season, a much lower percentage than normal.
Roethlisberger says he believes it’s a combination of all the double and triple and his accuracy.
“There are times that I’ve forced a couple balls to him instead of taking someone else…so I’ll take the blame for the low completion percentage to him and I’m not worried about our chemistry. I don’t know if he got fired up with the tweet me getting credit for him but I’m a much better football player because of A.B. I owe him a lot of my success.”
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