Roethlisberger just looking for a win
Thursday, September 27, 2007
By Teresa Varley
Ben Roethlisberger followed the lead of his head coach when talking about Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Roethlisberger and Coach Mike Tomlin both look at the game not as a meeting against the team’s former offensive coordinator, but simply as the next game on the schedule.
“To me it’s another game,” said Roethlisberger. “There are guys who are probably looking at it as something more, but to me it’s another game.”
The difference for many is that Ken Whisenhunt, the Steelers offensive coordinator for the past three years, is the head coach of the Cardinals. Some expect the Steelers will have to make major changes in the offensive game plan for this week because of Whisenhunt’s familiarity with the team, but Roethlisberger doesn’t see it that way. He even feels it might be the Cardinals who look familiar to the Steelers.
“We haven’t had to change too much,” he said. “A lot of people ask that. We aren’t changing too much at all. They might have to make more adjustments than we do. The offense that Bruce has is different enough that we don’t have change too much.
“Our defense should know a little bit about what their offense is about because they have seen us. Hopefully they are not too familiar with us. I feel offensively we are a different team than we were last year.”
Roethlisberger has flourished so far this year in Arians’ offense. He has completed almost 60 percent of his passes and has thrown for six touchdowns with just one interception in the team’s first three games.
Last year he got off to a much rockier start. He missed the opener after having an appendectomy, but returned the next week and in his first three games of the season completed around 54 percent of his passes, but threw seven interceptions and zero touchdowns.
“I think it’s being smart,” said Roethlisberger. “Last year I felt like I knew the offense real well. Maybe I tried to do too much knowing too much. This year I know more, but I am not forcing it.
“I am happy in the system we are in now. I am not going to bash anything about the last year or any of the years. We won a Super Bowl and were very successful. Of course I am going to be happy with the system I am in now.”
The Steelers will be aiming to keep their record unscathed this week against the Cardinals, but Roethlisberger doesn’t pay attention to the record, just to the game at hand.
“Right now - and I know you guys are tired of hearing me say this - we are going for our first win,” said Roethlisberger. “I am taking the approach that we are 0-0 and going for our first win. That’s why winning one is so important.”