Ben: “We feel comfortable with where we’re at”

August 27th, 2015 by

From his Q&A with the media at Steelers.com:

072615Ben Roethlisberger has a suspicion as to how much he and the first-team offense might play on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, but he isn’t certain.

In the wake of the Steelers losing center Maurkice Pouncey and the Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson to significant injury last Sunday at Heinz Field, Roethlisberger maintained previous plans might be altered.

“This is typically (the game in which starters play) the full half, maybe the first series of the second (half),” he said. “That’s the expectation going in.

“With what happened I don’t know if that’s going to change but that’s my expectation.”

Roethlisberger addressed a number of other subjects with the media this week, including:

Whether the offense needs additional preseason work:

“I don’t think so. I think we’ve shown enough, we’ve worked hard. The good thing about our offense is we have everybody back. We don’t have a lot of moving pieces and so we can get that work and just kind of pick up (in the regular season) where we left off from training camp.”


Whether players can take steps to avoid injuries in the preseason:

“As a competitor, my mentality, it’s hard for me not to just play my game. You have to consciously say ‘don’t do anything crazy here,’ get down, throw it away, whatever it is. You can say that but in the heat of battle it’s hard to do that.”


The offense’s theory that the only way it’ll be stopped is if it stops itself:

“That’s always been our mentality, (that) no one’s stopping us but us. I’m sure every offense in the league says that or believes that. We really feel that way, that no one stops us but us.

“We had that (against Green Bay). We had a couple penalties, we had first-and-25 and we overcame it. Both punts we had the first two series were off of plays that could have/should have been made, that should have kept drives going. And then the third series we went no-huddle and went down the field and scored.

“We feel comfortable with where we’re at.”


On Maurkice Pouncey’s durability:

“People talk about, is he injury prone? No, he’s just always in the play. He’s always around the ball because of his intensity. You don’t find too many linemen that are 10, 15 yards down the field trying to block safeties for the running back. That speaks for his toughness, his tenacity and his desire to be the best.”


You can read the full interview here.



And from Andy Benoit at Peter King’s MMQB.com:

010615“The Evolution of Big Ben”

As the Steelers undergo what they hope will be a smooth transition into a new era on defense, they fortunately have an offense they can lean on heavily in the meantime. In fact, it’s the best offense in the NFL. And it’s become that through very traditional means: by accumulating the best players.

Start with the man under center. (Oh actually, let’s mention the center. When Maurkice Pouncey is healthy, he’s one of those “best players.”

His combination of athleticism and football IQ is second to none at his position; let’s hope he can bounce back from his recent ankle injury sometime before the holidays.)

Ben Roethlisberger, 33, is coming off the best season of his likely Hall of Fame career—something no one would have imagined given how his sandlot style has so often left him battered and bruised.

That playing style has also been grossly under-appreciated. Because Roethlisberger looks like a big oaf, few have noticed that he’s one of the most remarkable athletes of his era. We’ve never seen a physical specimen quite like the 240-pounder. It’s not just that Roethlisberger can brush off would-be sackers; it’s that he does so without compromising his arm strength or accuracy, which are both tremendous.

His brilliance is overlooked because it doesn’t appear smooth and polished. But that’s the inherent nature of it.

Last season, according to ESPN’s Week 11 Monday Night Football broadcast, Roethlisberger’s quarterback rating after being contacted was 158, with an 80 percent completion rate. The league average for completion percentage in this category is 43.8.

Let that sink in.

The reason Roethlisberger is coming off a career year—4,952 yards, 67.1 percent completion rate, 32 touchdowns and just nine interceptions—is that he’s evolved into a very fine pocket passer. It comes from a new sense of discipline, both in his mechanics and reads.

No quarterback in the league has evolved more over the past decade.

Roethlisberger will only continue to get better in this capacity, especially given his rich supporting cast. By season’s end, Pittsburgh’s receiving corps will be the most feared in football.


I know you’ll want to read the rest of this one…and you can do so here.



Ready, Set….GO!!!!

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Kelvin Beachum shared this photo of himself posing with his fellow go-cart teammates Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Ramon Foster enjoying a boys night out!


Tune in on Thursday

August 26th, 2015 by

Ben will be a call-in guest on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show tomorrow morning at 8:05 AM!

You can watch their show on TV or listen on the radio from 6am to 10am.



Did you miss Ben’s interview with Mark Madden this afternoon?

You can listen to the podcast here.


Save the Date: Bid for Hope XIV

August 24th, 2015 by

Once again, Heath & Katie Miller and Alan & Julie Faneca will share hosting duties for Bid for Hope, an event that raises money for breast cancer research.

“It’s amazing when you hear how many people know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. The percentage that each person will know somebody that is affected by this disease is alarmingly high. Whatever we can do to help with the research, help work towards a cure and help as many people as we can is important.” – Heath Miller, during last year’s fundraising event.



The foundation, “Glimmer of Hope” has raised over 3 million dollars for breast cancer research in Western Pennsylvania. Those funds have paid for innovative programs and Tomosynthesis mammography technology.

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BID FOR HOPE XIV begins with a “Meet and Greet” autograph session with some of Heath’s teammates, followed by silent and live auctions, delicious tapas, with desserts & drinks served throughout the evening.

When: Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Where: Off the Hook Restaurant, 908 Warrendale Village Dr., Warrendale, PA

Tickets: $225 per person. You can purchase here.

“The fact that Heath and Katie stepped to the plate truthfully kept it moving and probably accelerated it even more to what it is today. Heath is a humble player. He embraced this the same way, in a humble fashion. Him being a part of it, us being able to use his name, people love Heath. He is so humble, so kind to people. He is a great player on the field and a quiet regular guy off the field.” – Diana Napper, founder of Glimmer of Hope.



The special guest emcee once again will be Bob Pompeani, Sports Director for KDKA.

Previous attendees have included teammates Big Ben, Brett Keisel, Troy Polamalu, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Spaeth and Greg Warren.

For three years in a row Brett Keisel has presented Glimmer of Hope with a check from the sale of his pink Da Beard Gear t-shirts during October, a shirt specially designed to help the fight against breast cancer.


Purchase your tickets now, before they’re all gone!

You can download the event PDF here.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation – you can do so here.


Fan Story: Tee time at TPC Sawgrass

August 22nd, 2015 by

While in Florida last Friday for the pre-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Big Ben and his O.C., Todd Haley got up early and headed out to play a round of golf together at the beautiful TPC Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra Beach, just outside of Jacksonville.


To say that Steelers fan Jim Goggins was thrilled to be Ben’s caddy would definitely be an understatement:

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Ben was great. Super, super nice and a really good golfer. It was great having him at Sawgrass. Hopefully he has a chance to come back when he has more time to enjoy the round and the experience.

And for the golfers in Steeler Nation: Ben reached the island green 17th hole and made par, barely missing the birdie putt. Coach Haley birdied 17, the most famous hole in golf. Now there’s the old saying about ‘never beating your boss on the golf course’, but if there was one hole that Coach would have liked to beat Ben on, it would have had to be the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

Being a lifelong Steeler fan I’m slightly biased – but it was an honor and pleasure caddying for Ben….and I don’t know if he wants it, but I do have his scorecard, lol. – Jim Goggins.



Jim also wanted me to add that the two had “plenty of time to play the course and get back for the team meeting”!!


*Thank you for sharing your photo and your story with us, Jim!


Steelers Nation Unite: Big Ben answers your calls

August 21st, 2015 by

From the Steelers Nation Unite website today:

Two-time Super Bowl champion and franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took time after Thursday’s practice session to answer questions from Steelers Nation Unite members during a Weekly Huddle fan forum conference call.


HurricaneGameA variety of questions and topics arose during the event, with much of the focus on the record-breaking performances by the offense in 2014, and where Roethlisberger sees opportunities to grow even further.

There were also numerous opportunities for Roethlisberger and the fans to take a trip down memory lane and reflect on some of the amazing accomplishments as he heads into his twelfth season as a Steeler.

Speaking about his most memorable moment, it was hard for him to pin down just one.

“It’s hard to not say winning a Super Bowl and throwing that pass to Santonio Holmes in the back of the endzone because we feel it goes down as one of the greatest plays ever. It’s hard to beat that,” Roethlisberger said.

“Winning a Super Bowl in Detroit for Jerome Bettis and being there a couple weekends ago for Jerome at the Hall of Fame – those things are pretty special moments, as well.”

There was also a chance for Roethlisberger to think back to his first season in the black and gold and figure out what still stands out from that special rookie season.

“We got so far and went to the AFC Championship Game, and that was fun. But I think my favorite moment was my first actual start down in Miami during the hurricane and that crazy weather. I think everyone remembers it. Playing on that infield, it was a close game and I just remember how hard it was raining. The night before at the hotel there was no power so we were having our meetings with flashlights. I just think that was a memory I’ll never forget.”



The conversation wasn’t all football, though, as Roethlisberger addressed a fairly common question fans are usually interested in finding out the answer to – what would he be doing if he hadn’t made it in the NFL?

“I went to school for education so probably I’d be a teacher and a coach,” said Roethlisberger. “If I wasn’t doing that, I’d probably want to be like James Bond.”

And even though the preseason is only halfway over, Steelers Nation really only ever has one goal each season – to see their team bring home another Lombardi Trophy.

Roethlisberger addressed that very subject when a young member of Steelers Nation asked if he thought this was the season the Steelers capture their seventh title.

“I sure hope so,” Roethlisberger said with a smile. “We’re going to do everything we can and that’s why we’re here at camp every single day in the heat and the rain so that we can be the best that we can be. We want to win our seventh one for you fans so that’s our number one goal this year.”


You can join Steelers Nation Unite right here! It’s easy, it’s free – all you have to do is sign up! Don’t miss out on their next Weekly Huddle fan forum conference call!


*Thank you to Mike Hustava!!


“Practice report: Roethlisberger on target”

August 20th, 2015 by

From Mike Prisuta at Steelers.com this evening:

As the end of training nears and the focus begins to turns to the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on his game.


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LOCKED IN: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit his first five passes in “Pass Under Pressure,” two to TE Heath Miller, two to WR Antonio Brown and one to FB Roosevelt Nix, who made a leaping catch along the sideline. Roethlisberger also hit his first four throws in “Third Down,” connecting with WR Markus Wheaton, WR Martavis Bryant, Wheaton and Bryant in succession.


You can read more & watch video from Coach Tomlin’s latest interview here.


Wednesday’s chat with the media

August 19th, 2015 by

From Steelers.com this evening:

081915_wsRe: Long camp and if it was good to work with the younger guys and fine-tune things:

It’s always good to get out here with new guys and work things out. We had to be here for an extra week, but it’s a good time. We get here and we get together.


Re: Aaron Rodgers throwing 19 times his last game and if you want a heavy workload:

I think it will be based on production and depends on how we play. I have no idea how long I am going to play. I will go until Coach Tomlin says I am done. I know that I will hope it’s productive however long that is.


Re: Appreciation for Rodgers:

I think he is one of the best in the game. I don’t think there is any argument about it. The way he goes about his business and the athlete that he is and player that he is, it’s undeniable.


Can the offense get better?

I think we can be better without the numbers being as good. If numbers are good and we are winning, then that’s a great thing. But we can be better. We can eliminate mistakes. We can be crisper. We can be more consistent. If we can do that then usually that should translate into winning football games.


So far how has the offense been this camp?

It’s been a good start to camp. But it’s just that. It’s just a start. We have to get out there and face those real bullets and get out there against other teams and their defenses, and play four quarters. It’s a long season. We will take it one game at a time.


How are Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown?

[They are] pretty darn good. Obviously I was blessed to play with a Hall of Famer [Jerome Bettis] but the way that those two guys go about their business and bust their butt and work, and then it carries over onto the field on Sunday. It’s hard to argue about those two.


Brown seemed frustrated with not getting the ball. Have you heard that from him before?

I hear it from everybody.


You can read more & watch video from his interview here.


Big Ben at Camp: Notes, Quotes & Links

August 18th, 2015 by

Ben stopped by to chat with Cook & Poni yesterday:


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You can read excerpts from his sit-down interview or listen to the audio right here.



From Teresa Varley’s 7 on 7: What makes Ben, Ben:

“The way he does things that aren’t on script. That sets him apart from most every other quarterback. He can execute plays as drawn, but if something were to break down or he is out of the pocket, he is one of the best at extending the play and making people pay.” – Heath Miller, from the interviews above.



From the DraftKings Bus Tour:


Jay Glazer caught up with Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the DraftKings bus tour rolls on. Ben talks about being able to take hits and keep playing, what it’s like to play with Antonio Brown, and dealing with losing/adding players in a constant cycle. There are lot a factors that come into play when taking the field as an elite NFL quarterback. Roethlisberger provides insight into the life of an NFL player, including why he doesn’t like training camp.

You can watch the video interview here.


From Ben’s interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on his blog entitled, “Ben Roethlisberger knows he has the pieces to succeed“:

“I haven’t changed my game at all. I think when you call plays that are shorter-routed plays — Bruce Arians was known to go down the field and take shots. So you are going to have to hold on to the ball. We call a lot of plays that get the ball out quick to receivers. Todd Haley’s offense is a lot about catching the ball, running and putting up yards after the catch. So I think that’s what it is more than me changing or anyone changing.” – Ben, from the interview above.



From Mark Kaboly’s interview with Todd Haley for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“He’s the best he’s been to this point since I have been here. You can see that he has reached deep and turned it up another notch even though these are easy days not to be into it, but he has kept his focus, which is a lot of work when you have a lot of young people around you.” – Todd Haley, from the article above.



Oh, and guess who won the Steelers 2015 Home Run Derby at training camp?

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You guessed it…#7 himself!

Check out this video to see all the action!



AND IF YOU MISSED THIS ONE….

You’ll wish you hadn’t!! Enjoy!!


A family coup?

August 16th, 2015 by

You betcha! Benjamin Jr. and Baylee have taken over Daddy’s website while he is busy working at Steelers training camp…but it’s a fun kind of takeover!


They wanted to share photos from their recent trip to Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA:


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Benjamin!!! What is this great place? Can we live here? – Baylee



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These are my cousins and best friends! We’re going to have so much fun here! — Benjamin, Jr.



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I am ROCKIN’ the Cowgirl Ballerina look!! Don’t be surprised to see it on the fashion runways this Fall! – Baylee



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Mommy is super! She always makes things fun for us! I love her so much!! – Benjamin, Jr.



Hope you liked our photos!!



“Ben Roethlisberger needs just one series to drop 45-yard bomb on Jaguars”

August 15th, 2015 by

From Nick Birdsong at the Sporting News this morning:

081415_JagsPreSeason_wsThe Steelers’ offense is good, really good, and the only figures you need to see from their preseason opener against the Jaguars on Friday are the ones put up by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben finished 3 for 3 for 60 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

Roethlisberger only played one series, but he did enough to show that the unit, which also features wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, is more than capable of averaging 30 points a game like it did last season.


You can read more & watch video highlights here.



From the Steelers official website:

QB Ben Roethlisberger:
(On his first drive) “As long as you score, it’s feels pretty good. We had the two-point try and scored points. To me that’s the most important thing. As a leader of this offense, you want those guys to be selfless like ‘even if I don’t catch a ball, it doesn’t matter as long as we win.’ I think we have that in this group. We have to keep getting everybody the ball and if they don’t get it, we won’t win football games.”


You can read more here.


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WHEN: June 13th & 14th, 2015
WHERE: Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, PA
REGISTRATION: Sign up here (Use code BigBen7 for $20 off fee).

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WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Country Club, Gibsonia, PA.
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WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
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2015 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/9 Pre-Season – Vikings HOF GAME – 8PM NBC
8/14 Pre-Season – @ Jaguars 7:30PM KDKA
8/23 Pre-Season – Packers 1PM KDKA
8/29 Pre-Season – @ Bills 4PM KDKA
9/3 Panthers 7:30PM KDKA
9/10 @ Patriots 8:30PM NBC
9/20 49ers 1PM FOX
9/27 @ Rams 1PM CBS
10/1 Ravens 8:25PM CBS
10/12 @ Chargers 8:30PM ESPN
10/18 Cardinals 8PM FOX
10/25 @ Chiefs 1PM CBS
11/1 Bengals 1PM CBS
11/8 Raiders 1PM CBS
11/15 Browns 1PM CBS
11/22 BYE N/A
11/29 @ Seahawks 4:25PM CBS
12/6 Colts 8:30PM NBC
12/13 @ Bengals 1PM CBS
12/20 Broncos 4:25PM CBS
12/27 @ Ravens 8:30PM NBC
1/3 @ Browns 1PM CBS