LATEST RUMBLINGS Ben Roethlisberger’s camp approached the Steelers last summer about an extension to no avail and it’s no secret that the Rooney’s are not jumping up and down with joy at the prospect of dishing out another $100 million dollar contract. The belief from the Roethlisberger camp for a while now has been that an extension should happen this summer but do the Steelers feel any urgency to extend him anytime soon?
When Ben Roethlisberger throws 40+ passes, the facts are the Steelers are usually on the losing side. Roethlisberger went 26 of 41 for 406 yards and 2 touchdowns Sunday night vs the Bears. The bad, Roethlisberger threw a pick-6, and lost 2 fumbles. The Steelers are 8-16 all-time when Roethlisberger attempts 40 or more passes in a game. In those 24 games of 40+ attempts in his career, Roethlisberger has thrown 38 TD – 34 INT. The Steelers have lost six straight games when Roethlisberger throws 40+ passes and have lost 10 of 12 games when Roethlisberger throws 40+ passes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has scored two touchdowns this season and those drives have come with Ben Roethlisberger calling the plays and for the most part running no huddle. Roethlisberger excelled running the no huddle vs the Bengals in what amounted to about the Steelers only success on offense. Out of the no huddle, Roethlisberger completed 6 of 10 passes for 103 yards. What use to make Roethlisberger such a special player was the yards per attempt. In the no huddle vs Bengals, he averaged 10.3 YPA, compared to averaging 5.49 YPA when not running the no huddle. Two of the Steelers biggest pass plays came in the no huddle, connecting with Emmanuel Sanders for a 43 yard pass late in the second quarter and a 31 yard completion to Jerricho Cotchery. Will we see more of it? Likely not.
The biggest positive for the Steelers Saturday night was the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who looked to be in regular season form. Roethlisberger went 13/19 for 166 yards and a touchdown, posting a 113.0 quarterback rating. We saw a more aggressive game plan also that the Steelers will have to operate this season with. Roethlisberger’s lone TD pass came with 2:51 left in the 1st quarter when he connected with Jonathan Dwyer for a 13-yard touchdown in the first quarter that was vintage Roethlisberger as was nearly sacked by Kansas City’s Tamba Hali, but avoided Hali, stepped out of the pocket and found Dwyer for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Roethlisberger and the first offense attacked the Chiefs through the air with Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown connecting for a 49 yard pass down the left side on the Steelers second play of the game. Roethlisberger nearly had a second touchdown passRead More »
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to no surprise, is in the process of restructuring his contract. Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner and Steelers officials met this week to begin the process of restructuring Roethlisberger’s deal to help the Steelers get under the salary cap room. Roethlisberger is scheduled to carry a $19.595 million cap hit and has a base salary of $11.6 million. The bulk of Roethlisberger’s base salary will be turned into a signing bonus. High priced players like Roethlisberger are always fans of restructuring because they get their money for that season upfront. Roethlisberger, 30, has three seasons left on his current deal and seeks an extension, although the Steelers are not believed to be open to negotiating a new deal until next off-season. Roethlisberger turns 31 in March. Meanwhile, Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are also in the process of restructuring Lawrence Timmons. Timmons has anRead More »
You can bet Ben Roethlisberger is all smiles this morning. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley has emerged as a candidate for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job and indications are he’s a very serious candidate for the job. Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Radio in Phoenix reports the Cardinals have asked the Steelers for permission to interview Haley. The Steelers are expected to grant permission.
STEELERS – WEDNESDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Even with a little perspective some three days after the Pittsburgh Steelers were eliminated from playoff contention with a 16-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday afternoon that he’s still struggling with it and needs to go out with a victory. The Steelers (7-8) play host to the Cleveland Browns (5-10) in the final regular-season game for both Sunday at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field. Five Steelers losses this season were by three points each, and a failed comeback usually punctuated each one as well. “If I knew (why), we would have fixed it,” Roethlisberger said. “A lot of it just has to do with me not playing well enough down the stretch. Fourth-quarter drives or last-minute throws, just not making it happen, so my best answer would be that I just didn’t play well enough. (So), inRead More »
TEAMMATES FEEL ROETHLISBERGER DIDN’T PUSH HIMSELF ENOUGH? Ben Roethlisberger is regarded as one of the toughest quarterbacks in the game and played through immense pain last season with an ankle injury but are some teammates questioning his drive to fight through his current injury? It wouldn’t be the first time as Hines Ward bashed Roethlisberger on National TV in a pivotal 2009 road game against the Ravens where Roethlisberger sat out with a concussion. Is it deja vu?
STEELERS OFFICIAL INJURY REPORT Out: Ben Roethlisberger, LaMArr Woodley, Byron Leftwich, Mike Adams Questionable: Willie Colon, Jerricho Cotchery Probable: Antonio Brown, Troy Polamalu WHAT TO KNOW GOING INTO SUNDAY’S GAME QB Situation: Ben Roethlisberger never progressed throughout the week and was very sore on Thursday following a limited workout on Wednesday. All week Roethlisberger was unable to put any zip on his throws or throw deep due to his shoulder injury. Roethlisberger being officially ruled out shouldn’t have surprised anyone and the Steelers turn to Charlie Batch for the second straight game as the Steelers look to avoid a three game losing streak and falling to 6-6 on the season. With the coaching staff pretty much knowing Roethlisberger wasn’t going to be an option to play, the entire game plan has centered around Batch starting. Brian Hoyer will be the primary backup for the second straight week. Colon’s Status; DeCastroRead More »
Initial fears from club officials Tuesday morning that Ben Roethlisberger could be out for close to four weeks and possibly longer, are likely to be spot on. Roethlisberger holding court with the media today, revealed that he has a very scary rib injury that Ben described as being a dislocation of a rib and saying on a scale of 1-10, the pain is a 9. How dangerous was this injury for Roethlisberger? He said today it could puncture his aorta and kill him if it doesn’t heal. “That’s more the scary part because I guess if it goes in the wrong direction it can puncture the aorta,” Roethlisberger said via Joe Starkey. “That’s more of the issue, I think. That’s more of the painful part, too.”