“I think the panic comes from the media and the fans, I mean, we’re 6-3 not 3-6. We put last week behind us and we’re moving on. Our focus is on a very, very good Raiders team.” — Ben, during a locker room chat with the media today (NFL Network).

From Steelers.com:

“Being a leader for me, I have never been a rah-rah guy,” said Roethlisberger. “I will pull a guy aside and talk to him. It’s always been about actions for me. It’s time now maybe, at this point of the season, to transition to being more of a vocal guy than lead by example.”

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From an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Ben Roethlisberger called Hines Ward on Tuesday to see how the concussed wide receiver was doing.

“He actually brought up, ‘Listen, lead us, show us how to do this,'” Roethlisberger said. “I said, ‘Well, listen, it’s us. Let’s do this together. I need you as much as you need me, and we all need this together.’ It was a good talk between us.”

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From the Oakland Tribune‘s “Inside the Oakland Raiders” blog:

Having watched Raiders film of recent games, Roethlisberger is particularly impressed by the play of defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

“I’ve been playing against him for awhile now and I’ve always thought that he was a marquee kind…one of those great players. But if you ask me, the film that we’ve broken down, he’s playing the best football of his career. I don’t mean that as any disrespect to how he was playing before. But he would be my choice for MVP of at least that defense. He’s wreaking havoc on everybody and everything and he seems to be rejuvenated, playing like he never has before.”

You can read the blog here.

From the Silver & Black Report:

The Oakland Raiders are aware of Roethlisberger’s scrambling ability.

Cornerback Stanford Routt stated, “He’s probably the best pump-faker in the league. He’s so big he can palm the ball in one hand and pump it all the way like, full throwing motion. Whenever you’re going against a quarterback like that, it definitely makes the receivers more effective, because anytime you can get someone to, like Michael Vick with his feet or Ben Roethlisberger with his size and pump-faking ability, anyone who can prolong the play, that gives his receivers more time to get open, run around, this that and the other. It makes a cornerback’s job tough.”

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