Big Ben tops pass rankings
Brady, Brees, Brett. Now, Big Ben?
Statistics? In the past, those were for the guys who didn’t win Super Bowls; Roethlisberger has won two titles. Now, as coordinator Bruce Arians keeps opening up the
Not even Terry Bradshaw did that in Pittsburgh and won Super Bowls, too.
Roethlisberger didn’t finish in the top 10 in yards passing during either of the two seasons the
After throwing for 417 yards Sunday while beating Cleveland 27-14 for the most by any Pittsburgh quarterback during a victory, Roethlisberger leads the NFL with 1,887 yards passing, 77 more than Houston’s
“We’re putting the ball in his hands,” said wide receiver
There’s been no major alteration in Roethlisberger’s game that’s led to his greatly increased statistics. Rather, it has been more of an ongoing progression, with former coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and now Arians increasingly handing over more of the offense to him.
Roethlisberger, for example, constantly pushed to run the no-huddle offense. Now, he’s being allowed to do that consistently, with obvious success. Roethlisberger, who began this season with seven 300-yard games in five seasons, is averaging 314.5 yards.
“When I get to the no-huddle, It’s just, ‘Let’s get in the shotgun and start slinging it around,’ ” Roethlisberger said. “I think if you ask the receivers, they like it. Two guys had over 100 yards (against Cleveland). Heath (Miller) had a lot of yards. The backs are getting the ball. Everybody is getting touches, so I think they like it as well.”
“This is the best I’ve ever seen him (Roethlisberger) play,” Miller said. “I’ve seen him play pretty darn good sometimes. I just think the more you do something, the more comfortable you are with it and Ben has full command of this offense. He’s had full command for a few years now, but he just keeps getting better and better.”
In the past, defenses slowed Roethlisberger by constantly blitzing him, and he was sacked an NFL-high 192 times from 2004-08. Only
“He frustrates a lot of defenses because you bring a bunch of guys and he’s able to create plays,”
“I just think we have to do what we can do,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re doing what we have to win the game.”
On Sunday, Roethlisberger gets his first career matchup against all-time NFL passing leader
“(He’s) a guy that I’ve looked up to, so I look forward to that,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s going to be a good challenge. We’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game on offense.”