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Steel Trap86
11-19-2009, 09:00 PM
PITTSBURGH - He didn't blame the wide receivers for running incorrect pass routes, even if one of them seemed to be singling him out. He didn't blame the special teams for allowing a third costly kickoff-return touchdown in the last four games.

He didn't argue with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' decision to take over the play-calling during a hurry-up situation late in the game, when Ben Roethlisberger often is most effective while calling his own plays.

No, Roethlisberger says the Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest loss of the season was his fault, and his alone. The Steelers (6-3) are down one game to the Bengals (7-2) in the AFC North standings after losing to Cincinnati 18-12, and the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback said he's the reason."You know what? I had a bad day," Roethlisberger said Thursday, the first time he has talked to reporters since the game. "Everyone in here's had a bad day. ... I flat out had a bad day, and it's going to happen sometimes. It's just unfortunate that when the quarterback has a bad game, it affects the whole offense. That's why you can't afford to have too many bad games."

Roethlisberger hasn't had many of them. He has been in the NFL's top three in passing yardage most of the season, though he slipped to No. 7 after going 20 of 40 for 174 yards during a second successive loss to the Bengals.

Instead of breaking down what he did wrong, or figuring out why he couldn't consistently connect with his receivers inside the 20, Roethlisberger said he has long since shifted his focus to this Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's being able to look at it and move on and not dwell on it," Roethlisberger said. "If you dwell on it, I think it can carry over. Just being able to put it behind you, learn from the mistakes and say, 'Listen, don't let this happen again,' and hopefully it doesn't."

Roethlisberger didn't feel right warming up before the game against Cincinnati, but he initially believed he could play his way out of it during Pittsburgh's first series. He scrambled for 15 yards and a first down at the Bengals' 15, but the drive stalled and the Steelers settled for a field goal. The pattern for the day was set.

"I didn't feel great, my arm didn't feel good, and that first drive, we connected a few times, went down the field, had to scramble," Roethlisberger said. "I kind of thought, 'OK, shut that funk off.' And then it never quite came around."

Roethlisberger owns the NFL's second-best winning percentage among quarterbacks -- only New England's Tom Brady is better -- but he deferred when Arians decided to call the plays during Pittsburgh's final series. Late in games, Roethlisberger is usually at his best when calling his own plays out of no-huddle sets.

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Ya the play calling had a lot to do with it too, but it's done with. Mendenhall needs to be more involved, I look for him to pound the Chiefs this Sunday.

75Steeler
11-19-2009, 10:38 PM
This proves what a leader Ben is. He has accepted more than his share of the blame and now they will move on as a team and continue the season on a positive note.

Sir Blitzelot
11-19-2009, 11:05 PM
I fully expect Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense to light it up on Sunday, to prove that last week's sloppy performance was nothing more than a fluke. :2cents:

LatrobePA
11-19-2009, 11:07 PM
I say we trade Ben after this season and try to get a winner like Brady Quinn!

ha ha ha!!!

Big T
11-19-2009, 11:44 PM
I say we trade Ben after this season and try to get a winner like Brady Quinn!

ha ha ha!!!

You've done it again!!! First Charlie Weis now Brady Quinn?!? Jesus man...you're going to give me an aneurysm.

LatrobePA
11-20-2009, 12:32 AM
You've done it again!!! First Charlie Weis now Brady Quinn?!? Jesus man...you're going to give me an aneurysm.

LOL, gotcha!!

franchise3
11-20-2009, 08:23 AM
Just amazing the way Ben handles this team. Absolutely amazing. I was surprised with how blatant Santonio was in saying that it was Ben's fault for losing the game. It's not like you didn't drop a catchable one Tonio...

coldrolled
11-20-2009, 09:45 AM
Just amazing the way Ben handles this team. Absolutely amazing. I was surprised with how blatant Santonio was in saying that it was Ben's fault for losing the game. It's not like you didn't drop a catchable one Tonio...

if ben was not feeling good and knew it. and the passing game he was unleashing was obviously below average. would you not either run the ball even more with mendy or maybe switch out the QB.

it was an important game...

i guess only to us fans it was important...

Woodson_DownUnder
11-21-2009, 03:41 AM
The Bengals have found a flaw in the Steelers no back set up that I'm sure alot of the Steelers upcoming opposition will take advantage of. We know Big Ben likes to hold the ball longer than usual which just adds to the flaw but we really need to bring a motion guy into place to break the predictability and perhaps the motion guy can provide a key block when the interior D line of the opposition drops back into coverage while the outside swarm with a blitz. Bring back the shovel pass is my suggestion (to the TE) as the fake pump for a screen pass in the flat is becoming redundant.

coldrolled
11-21-2009, 12:16 PM
The Bengals have found a flaw in the Steelers no back set up that I'm sure alot of the Steelers upcoming opposition will take advantage of. We know Big Ben likes to hold the ball longer than usual which just adds to the flaw but we really need to bring a motion guy into place to break the predictability and perhaps the motion guy can provide a key block when the interior D line of the opposition drops back into coverage while the outside swarm with a blitz. Bring back the shovel pass is my suggestion (to the TE) as the fake pump for a screen pass in the flat is becoming redundant.

what happen to the sprint / draw play or the regular draw or a little Indy style play action...

BlackGold4vr
11-21-2009, 01:28 PM
I agree with Ben that it was his fault. Like Ben said other positions can have a bad game and not have as big an influence on the outcome. Having said that I am still a fan of Bens but that doesn't mean he can't cost us a game. There are also many games that we wouldn't have won without Ben's skills when he has played brilliantly. Gotta take the bad with the good. Not sure what the cause for the sore arm was, injury or overuse. Hopefully his arm is feeling better this week. The thing that really seperates the good teams from the elite in this league are the franchise quarterbacks. If you have one you have a chance to hoist the Lombardi. If you don't, you won't! :2cents: