“I actually came in and apologized to Todd, apologized to Mike, apologized to Mr. Rooney just because I did let my frustrations jump out after a game. I don‘t usually do that, I usually keep it under control, it was just frustrations on myself. I‘ll be better at that.” — Ben, in reference comments he made after Sunday’s game.
It comes from just wanting to do anything to win football games, knowing the potential we have and the players we have.
It was just a lot of frustration and I shouldn’t have said that. That’s my fault.
On why he felt the need to apologize, and whether it was because he had made his frustrations public:
Yeah, just apologizing for the storm that it created and caused. We do have a lot of talks behind closed doors about things, about plays, play calling, if I’m doing something that’s not right on the field, we have talks about everything. Coach Tomlin and I meet every Monday to talk about the game and what goes on. Just the frustration after a loss and especially feeling like it was my fault, just things blew up.
On how he feels about the offense:
I feel like we’re doing pretty well with a lot of injuries. We have a lot of moving parts. The line has done a great job of filling in. Obviously, we want to be more successful, we want to score more points and we want to win games. In that sense, I feel like we need to be better as a unit.
On his relationship with Coach Haley and seeing “eye to eye”:
There are obviously times that we don’t but we get that ironed out. I’m sure it’s that way with every position player and their coach. There are going to be times when you just don’t see eye-to-eye. There are times when I don’t see eye-to-eye with Coach Tomlin. But that doesn’t mean anything, I don’t think. I’m sure a lot of you don’t see eye-to-eye with your bosses at times. But it’s nothing that is a big deal. You work it out, you talk about it and you get it figured out.
Is Heath Miller a guy that comes back to the huddle and lets you know about it when he’s open and does not get the ball?
No. I’ve always said that Heath is one of the most selfless teammates I’ve ever played with. I’ll ask Heath if he was open and he’ll tell me no. I’ll look at film and he was wide open. That just speaks volumes for him that he’d tell me the truth if he was open or wasn’t. That way I know if I need to come back to him.
You and the Bengals are similar teams in similar situations but the Steelers have more experience with these types of situations. Can you use that to your advantage?
I hope so. I think that a lot of the guys in this locker room have “been there before.” They understand that this is a playoff game for us. It’s a playoff game for them. Does that mean the outcome is going to be in our favor just because of that? No. But I think that it does help us, especially being at home. I’m sure the fans are going to come out and be rowdy and excited and treat it as a playoff game. That’s what we hope and expect from them because we’re going to give our all as if it is a playoff game.
You can watch video of his interview here.