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    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the John Elway of this generation.

    There are a number of ways to support that supposition, starting with Roethlisberger's two Super Bowls in his first five NFL seasons. All quarterbacks are judged by their won-loss record. Roethlisberger's is a staggering 54-22 in the regular season, including 22-5 against AFC North Division opponents. He has 30 career 100-plus passer rating games, including a 123.9 in the 28-20 victory Sunday in Detroit when he threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns.

    Those are hard, fast numbers. Indisputable numbers. But just as clear is Roethlisberger's winning mindset. He is aware of everything on the field at all times. Nothing frightens him, not even 285-pound defensive ends with evil intentions. Nothing throws him off his game, not even the occasional interception that is returned for a touchdown.

    "Ben doesn't blink," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

    Roethlisberger's reaction after throwing the second-quarter interception that Detroit cornerback William James returned 38 yards for a touchdown to cut the Steelers' lead to 14-13 was the most fascinating part of the game. He walked slowly to the sideline, a wry smile on his face all the way, seemingly in disbelief that James -- or anyone, for that matter -- could make a play to get the better of him. Then, he immediately went to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and asked if he could run the no-huddle offense on the next possession.

    "It was like, 'This next series is on me. I want it,' " said backup quarterback Charlie Batch, who was privy to the Roethlisberger-Arians conversation. "Usually, B.A. or coach Tomlin suggests we go no-huddle. Not this time. Ben said, 'I want it right now.' "

    Roethlisberger loves the no-huddle offense because he's more in charge of the game, calling the plays himself based on what he sees from the defense. Here's the sequence he came up with on that next possession: a 4-yard run by back Rashard Mendenhall, a 10-yard pass to tight end Heath Miller, a 1-yard run by Mendenhall, an 11-yard pass to Miller, a 9-yard pass to Miller, a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward.

    Four passes.

    Four completions for 47 yards and a touchdown.

    A 21-13 lead for the Steelers.

    "You can't answer the call better than that," Batch said.

    No one can appreciate what Roethlisberger did on that series quite like another quarterback.

    "You know he felt bad about the interception," Batch said. "You throw one like that and you're thinking, 'I owe the team. I just gave up seven points.' Well, he did something about it, didn't he?"

    Roethlisberger admitted he was "a little ticked off at myself" after James stepped in front of rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, who was running a sideline pattern, to make the interception. "I read the coverage right. I threw a ball that was a pretty good ball. Mike ran a good route ??? I put it in the right spot, I just didn't put enough on it."

    And Roethlisberger's take on his conversation with Arians?

    " 'Give me the ball. Let me go with it.' "

    That's Elway-like.

    Roethlisberger threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Wallace in the third quarter, not just bumping the Steelers' lead to 28-13 but making Wallace's day. Only two plays before the James' interception, Wallace dropped what should have been a 71-yard touchdown pass.

    "I've told any receiver that's come through here after a drop: 'I'm not going to get mad at you. I'm coming right back to you so be ready,' " Roethlisberger said.

    Do you think maybe that comes from knowing what it feels like to make a big mistake and wanting to atone for it?

    Wallace felt like garbage after the drop but went home happy after his touchdown turned out to be the decisive points in the win.

    It was just a part of another good day's work for Roethlisberger.

    Not that No. 7 was satisfied.

    "I don't feel like I'm playing well," he said. "I'm disappointed in my performance today. Even offensively, I'm disappointed in the way we played."

    The Steelers went three-and-out on their final two possessions, giving the Lions a chance to come back.

    "The standard is higher for us on offense," Roethlisberger said. "We need to really put the nail in the coffin at the end."

    The Steelers will try to do better Sunday when they play the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Browns have scored an offensive touchdown in just two of their past 11 games, going back to last season. Somehow, they beat the Buffalo Bills, 6-3, Sunday despite quarterback Derek Anderson completing 2 of 17 passes for 23 yards.

    Do you think the Browns would love to have the Steelers' offensive troubles?

    A better question:

    Do you think the Browns would love to have Roethlisberger?
    Ron Cook can be reached at rcook@post-gazette.com. More articles by this author
    First published on October 12, 2009 at 11:31 pm

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    Good read Sweetchuck!!!...This may be the "homer" in me speaking, but I'll take Ben over any QB in the league right now, he is a perfect compliment to our team.

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    I love the touch of cockiness that Ben has developed if you will. It is just enough to have taken him to the next level. By the way,imo, the decision to go no-huddle should rest with Ben.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bton66 View Post
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    Good read Sweetchuck!!!...This may be the "homer" in me speaking, but I'll take Ben over any QB in the league right now, he is a perfect compliment to our team.
    I agree. He's just the right fit for the Steelers and how we play. I love watching him. Not just cos I have a crush lol

    I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.

    Whew. That was close.
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    I agree. He's just the right fit for the Steelers and how we play. I love watching him. Not just cos I have a crush lol

    I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.I will not hijack this thread by saying I'd take Ben any way I could get him/all night long.

    Whew. That was close.
    Well played Sarah...LOL!

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    So did lil' Manning and Rivers deserve to be drafted before Ben? I remember thinking that Ben would be the 2nd qb to go and that we'd get Rivers. How different things might have been.

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    Interesting article title and comparison....

    .... Ben was on the Jay Leno show last night (don't know if anyone else saw it). He was asked why he wears #7, and he said it was because he idolized John Elway.
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    He certainly has the comeback thing down and the two rings.


    Anyone else notice that the filing the civil suit against him kinda looked like elway in drag?
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    He certainly has the comeback thing down and the two rings.


    Anyone else notice that the freak filing the civil suit against him, kinda looked like elway in drag?
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    Can you imagine if we went to the Super Bowl this year and Ben won the MVP. Our starting offense next year would contain two Super Bowl MVP wide recievers and 1 Super Bowl MVP quarterback. That may never be duplicated again.

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