Ben Roethlisberger says he's still elite

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier


It was to be expected that the one quote that grew legs was Roethlisberger saying, "Maybe I don't have it anymore", and so it figured that Tomlin would be asked about that at his news conference today at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. "If I didn't care, a game like last Sunday wouldn't bother me", said the two-time Super Bowl champion.

He reiterated that on Tuesday saying he went home Sunday night and began looking around the internet to see how many different quarterbacks (Dan Marino) - there's Hall of Famers that have thrown five interceptions.

In the victory over the Ravens, Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.

At one point during the postgame interrogatives, when Roethlisberger, now 35 and in his 14th National Football League season, was asked if he was doing anything differently, he replied, "I don't think so, but maybe I am".

That statement has been taken by some to show that Roethlisberger had lost confidence in himself, forgetting the fact that just after he said that, the Steelers quarterback also stated that nobody in the team's locker room had any doubt about their respective ability. He had thrown five interceptions for the first time in his career, and two of those had been returned for touchdowns in a performance that was Tommy Maddox-esque, and Roethlisberger was placing the blame for the outcome squarely on his own shoulders. It is not hard to envision a scenario where a heavier workload for Bell turns an early Steelers lead into a bigger one as the Jaguars fail to stop the two-time Pro Bowler.

"Of course they came out trying to stop the run. I feel we're a good enough team to wear guys out whether they know we're running the ball or not".

"Let me say this about Ben", Tomlin began. "The Jaguars ran the ball a lot of times". Of course, Roethlisberger's statement after the game against the Jaguars was dripping with sarcasm, but it still paints a picture of where Roethlisberger now stands in the league. But the impact Cam Robinson has had paving open running lanes and protecting the quarterback should not go unappreciated. "It gets you in third and manageable downs".

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