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    Get Ben Roethlisberger's Mental Toughness

    Six strategies to improve your own mental fitness

    by Patrick Cohn, Ph.D | Photo by Ian Spanier



    For the Pittsburgh Steelers' leader Ben Roethlisberger, toughness isn't about bulldozing over defenders. "[It's about] playing the worst game of your life but not backing down," says Roethlisberger. Improve your own mental fitness in the gym, on the field, or in the boardroom with these six strategies from Orlando-based sports psychology expert Patrick Cohn, Ph.D.

    STAY CALM
    Momentum shifts, such as interceptions, can be game-changers. When yours come, whether on the job or in your relationship, stay positive. Patience shows confidence: If the ball isn't bouncing your way, you know it will eventually.

    RECOGNIZE, REGROUP, REFOCUS
    Mistakes are inevitable, so don't dwell on them. Once you're able to accept this, you'll be able to refocus on your next move.

    VARY YOUR WORKOUTS
    Don't let boredom set in. Maintain the same focus and intensity in your training that you'd have in competition. That'll be easier if you're switching things up.

    PUSH YOUR MIND
    If you're trying to muster the energy to overcome a setback or finish a major project, try to block out any pain or fatigue. Don't allow mental exhaustion to throw off your mission.

    PLAY TO WIN, NOT TO LOSE
    Teams ahead on the scoreboard tend to get complacent. If things are going your way, continue to be aggressive and to stick to your game plan. Think about extending—not protecting—your lead.

    BE RESILIENT
    Success is not about being perfect right away. If you under perform in relation to your expectations, your confidence will be hit. Instead, focus on past accomplishments, which can't be erased. That forms the base of building back confidence.

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    Arians needs to game plan to win, not lose. Extend the lead in these playoffs and throw away the conservative approach.
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    On the Steelers: Roethlisberger makes strides in passing

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    Ben Roethlisberger grimaced and leaned over to knock on his locker, which is made of wood.

    This was no time to start jinxing the Steelers quarterback who has discovered the elixir that cures interceptions and sacks, even if inquiring minds wanted to know the secret to avoiding them.

    "Maybe it's just lucky, maybe it's just not taking too many of the crazy chances I took before," Roethlisberger said. "But I don't feel I'm playing a different style of ball. Maybe I'm just making better throws."

    His past 158 throws have not been intercepted and, of his 389 passes this season, only five were picked off. That is an interception rate of just 1.3 percent, the lowest of his career and the first time under two.

    This, even though he played with two rookie receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, especially during the second half of the season when those two moved up to 3-4 behind Mike Wallace and Hines Ward.

    Rookie receivers can kill a quarterback, but there only was one major, obvious error committed by them when Sanders did not recognize a hot route and thus broke up a pass intended for Hines Ward at a critical moment of their 20-10 loss at New Orleans. But then, veteran receiver Santonio Holmes cost them a game last season when he ran the wrong route and Roethlisberger was intercepted for a touchdown in a three-point loss at Cincinnati.

    "You have to be a little more careful," Roethlisberger said about playing with rookies. "But those guys are good. You try not to put them in a situation to have to worry about it -- you know, those high balls and balls to the side, stuff like that; those are the ones that usually get tipped and picked. If you can try and put it on them, it usually eliminates that.

    "Those guys are doing a good job of running the routes and doing the right things, so it makes it easier for me."

    His sacks also are down this season, from 50 in 15 games last season (3.33 per game) to 32 in 12 games this season (2.67). That is a drop of nearly 20 percent, and, while Roethlisberger credits his line, there are other factors.

    One, he has scrambled away from pressure more successfully this season. Roethlisberger ran 34 times for 176 yards, third most on the team. That is his second-highest rushing total of his career, exceeded only by his 204 in 2005. His 5.2-yard average per rush also is second only to his 5.8 of 2005. Last season, Roethlisberger ran 40 times for only 92 yards.

    A second factor is his knack for getting rid of the ball more quickly. He acknowledges consciously trying to do that, and it especially seemed to work well the past two games.

    "The line did a great job this week, especially picking up the blitzes and different things," Roethlisberger said. "But, if you get the ball out of your hands quick -- I took a couple of check-downs this week, and little things -- you get the ball to playmakers."

    His coaches have noted in the past that many of Roethlisberger's sacks came not because of poor protection but because he holds the ball longer than most, trying to extend a play and find an open receiver.

    "My style of play is to try to make a play, and that usually entails holding onto the ball," he said. "Sometimes, it works, sometimes it doesn't. Maybe this last game there weren't any real scramble pass plays. Maybe that's just the way the game worked out, that there wasn't any particular reason."

    He finished with 3,200 yards passing, his fifth consecutive season over 3,000, extending his team record. His 97.0 passer rating was the fifth highest of his career and also represents the top five best in team history.

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    • Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons ended inside linebacker James Farrior's long reign as the team's tackles leader. Timmons had 100 solo and 149 total. Farrior, who led the team the previous four seasons and six of the previous seven, finished second with 99 solo and 137 total.

    • Receiver Mike Wallace led the NFL with seven 100-yard games. Although he did not make the Pro Bowl, his 1,257 yards were third in the AFC. His 21.0-yard average per catch led the AFC and his 10 touchdown catches tied for third in the AFC. He just missed becoming only the third receiver in NFL history to lead the league in average per receptions in his first two seasons after leading with 19.4 as a rookie. DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia averaged 22.5 yards.

    Hines Ward failed to lead the team in receptions for the first time since he led them with 61 catches in his second season in 1999. He finished one behind Wallace, 60-59.

    Troy Polamalu's seven interceptions ties for the most in the team's past 15 seasons. The other seven-interception season: Polamalu in 2007. His 27 career interceptions moved him into 10th place in team history. Mel Blount owns the record with 57.

    • Five Steelers completed at least two passes this season, the first time that has occurred since the NFL merger in 1970: Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon, Byron Leftwich and Antwaan Randle El.

    • Defensive end Aaron Smith watched practice Tuesday, and it appears as if he will not return to play for the Steelers' Jan. 15 playoff game. Center Maurkice Pouncey, who left the game Sunday at Cleveland in the third quarter after getting hit on the head, practiced.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11005...#ixzz1A923K4xX

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    Amazing how much more efficient the offense looks when they throw the shorter routes and the quick slants. Gotta give both Ben and Brucey some credit for the offensive performance the last two weeks. Dare I say it's looking like a playoff offense. Keep it up boys and #7 is a real possibility.
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    Avoiding sacks key for Big Ben

    By F. Dale Lolley, Staff writer dlolley@observer-reporter.com
    1/5/2011


    PITTSBURGH - It appears Ben Roethlisberger has matured as more than just a person following his offseason legal problems and subsequent suspension by the NFL.
    He's also matured as a player.

    Roethlisberger was sacked only 32 times this season, the fewest in his career since 2005, when he was sacked 23 times in 12 games.

    That's significant because, though Roethlisberger also played in just 12 games this year, he's lining up behind a patchwork offensive line that has used five different starting lineups.

    In 2005, the Steelers' offensive line included former first-round draft picks Alan Faneca, Jeff Hartings and Kendall Simmons. Roethlisberger attempted 120 more passes this season than in 2005 (389-268).

    As the Steelers (12-4) held their first practice Tuesday in preparation for the playoffs, Roethlisberger admits he's made a conscious effort to go against his instinct to hold the football and wait to make a big play. That was particularly evident in the Pittsburgh's 41-9 victory Sunday at Cleveland, when Roethlisberger audibled into a number of quick slant passes . One of those plays went for a 41-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Mike Wallace to set up Pittsburgh's second touchdown.

    "The line did a great job picking up the blitzes," Roethlisberger said. "But if you can get the ball out of your hands quickly, it gets the ball to the playmakers."

    In previous years, both Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians stated the three-step drop did not have a place in Pittsburgh's playbook. But with the speedy Wallace and rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown emerging as playmakers who can catch the ball on the run and beat a defense, quick throws have become a weapon.

    "We have guys capable of making those kind of plays," said Wallace, who led the Steelers with 1,257 receiving yards on 60 catches. "And Ben does a good job of reading the defense and getting it to us."

    Roethlisberger said it's something he has tried to take advantage, particularly late in the season.

    "If you have that quick throw to Mike or Emmanuel, whoever it is, take it," Roethlisberger said of Arians' advice.

    Though his penchant for holding the ball and waiting for receivers to come open deep downfield helped Roethlisberger become one of the NFL's most exciting quarterbacks, it also led to high sack totals. From 2006 through 2009, Roethlisberger was sacked at least 46 times each season and was brought down behind the line of scrimmage 189 times - the most of any quarterback over that period.

    "My style of play entails trying to make a big play, and that means holding the ball longer. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't," Roethlisberger said. "In this last game, there weren't any scramble-pass plays. That's just the way the game worked out."

    Or maybe, Roethlisberger is evolving.

    Odds and end zones

    Defensive end Aaron Smith, who has been out since tearing a triceps muscle Oct. 24, did participate in some team drills at practice Tuesday. ... The Steelers are not focusing on any possible playoff opponents - Indianapolis, Kansas City or Baltimore - in their practices this week.

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    Ben AFC Offensive Player of the Week

    By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com


    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Cleveland Browns in a 41-9 win that secured the AFC North title for the Steelers.

    Roethlisberger completed 15 of 22 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns for a 141.3 quarterback rating.
    The offense wasted no time in getting on the board when Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for a 56-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game.

    “It helps when you score on the first offensive play,” said Roethlisberger after the game. “Mike is so fast that I can just throw it out there and he can do the rest for me. We like to get on top and put a dagger in them early.”

    Roethlisberger also connected with Heath Miller for a four-yard touchdown and had four carries for 24 yards.

    Roethlisberger finished the regular season completing 240 passes for 3,200 yards, 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions. It’s the fifth consecutive year he has thrown for over 3,000 yards.

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