PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger makes no apologies for his 12 interceptions, tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for second-most within the NFL.
“I am a quarterback that’s going to exit and sling it,” stated Roethlisberger on his weekly radio present Tuesday.
Roethlisberger is placing up prolific numbers for the 7-Three-1 Steelers, rating second within the league with Three,664 passing yards and tied for seventh with 24 touchdowns. However he is not afraid to take probabilities, leading to 55 interceptions in 52 common season video games relationship again to 2015.
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He is one among 5 quarterbacks with at the least 50 interceptions throughout that span, together with Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles (59 in 57 video games), Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (55 in 51), New York Giants’ Eli Manning (50 in 58) and Sunday’s opponent in Heinz Subject, Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers (50 in 59).
However Roethlisberger has one of the best document by far amongst that bunch, going 37-14-1 in these video games, with 102 touchdowns.
The Steelers had been in management Sunday in Denver with 527 offensive yards however misplaced 24-17 after Broncos nostril deal with Shelby Harris intercepted Roethlisberger on the purpose line with 1:03 left. Roethlisberger wasn’t relying on Harris being close to the ball, however the lineman bought blocked again into the top zone. Nook Chris Harris was within the line of the ball whereas overlaying Antonio Brown, and Roethlisberger stated he advised Brown he wanted to run a “flatter” route to keep away from getting undercut.
On an interception to Harris earlier within the recreation, Roethlisberger stated Brown was being held.
Coach Mike Tomlin stated he is involved together with his group’s minus-7 turnover ratio the final two weeks however not with Roethlisberger’s decision-making.
“Ben is simply a part of it. He is not solely accountable for our lack of ability to keep possession of the ball,” Tomiln stated. “He wasn’t carrying the ball into the top zone and fumbling it for a touchback. He simply wants to proceed to be considerate concerning the preservation of the ball, like he all the time is, and perceive the duty that comes with being our sign caller. I do not see any points in that space. However us, collectively, want to do a greater job.”
The Steelers’ different two turnovers in Denver got here off Xavier Grimble and James Conner fumbles.
Roethlisberger additionally delivered a revealing quote Tuesday on his unique goal-line plans, which did not embody Brown.
The Steelers ran a fade for JuJu Smith-Schuster on first down, and Roethlisberger wished to revisit that play on third down.
“I believe we should always have went to (Smith-Schuster) 4 straight performs,” Roethlisberger stated.
Brown attracts a lot consideration from opposing defenses, and Smith-Schuster has capitalized with 1,zero55 yards and 77 catches, which lead the group. Brown has 71 catches for 874 yards and 11 touchdowns.