By Scott Brown
Thursday, October 12, 2006
A three-game losing streak - something that Ben Roethlisberger has rarely if ever had to endure - dictated that the Steelers' struggling quarterback change something.
And for Roethlisberger, that means taking a new approach.
"We're starting the season over. We're 0-0, we're looking for our first win," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "A lot of us are going to get back on the same page again and start over."
The Steelers' offensive woes, and Roethlisberger's in particular, suggest he and his offensive teammates are not even in the same book.
Roethlisberger has thrown seven interceptions in three starts and is still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season.
If his approval rating in the locker room is infinitely higher than his dismal 41.7 passer rating, that is because Roethlisberger continues to accept a lot of the blame for the Steelers' 1-3 start.
"The rest of the guys are playing good," said Roethlisberger, who entered the season with a career record of 27-4 as a starter. "I think if our quarterback can pick it up, I think we'll be a lot better."
"I see how he wants to take some of that responsibility, but it's the whole team," linebacker Joey Porter said. "We haven't been playing good enough football to win these games."
There is one thing that has surprised Roethlisberger about the Steelers' offensive struggles.
"If you watch us in practice, we're out there and everything looks good and we're crisp, and unfortunately it doesn't matter," Roethlisberger said. "You have to produce on the football field and on Sundays when it matters."