PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger makes no apologies for his 12 interceptions, tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for second most inside the NFL.
“Typically these points happen. I’m a quarterback that is going to exit and sling it,” Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio current Tuesday. “You talk about gunslinger or regardless of you want to talk about. I’m not going to worry about interceptions. I hate doing them. They problem me. Nonetheless I will exit and play my recreation and try to help us win soccer video video games.”
Roethlisberger is putting up prolific numbers for the 7-Three-1 Steelers, ranking second inside the league with Three,664 passing yards and tied for seventh with 24 touchdowns. Nonetheless he isn’t afraid to take chances, resulting in 55 interceptions in 52 regular-season video video games courting to 2015.
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He’s one amongst 5 quarterbacks with a minimal of 50 interceptions all through that span, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles (57 in 59 video video games), Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (55 in 51), New York Giants’ Eli Manning (50 in 58) and Sunday’s opponent in Heinz Self-discipline, and Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers (50 in 59).
Nonetheless Roethlisberger has among the best file by far amongst that bunch, going 37-14-1 in these video video games, with 102 touchdowns. Solely New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (44) has additional wins since 2015.
The Steelers threw the ball 56 events in distinction with 16 runs Sunday, with Roethlisberger ending 41 passes for 462 yards. Roethlisberger said the game plan dictated additional passing and the group didn’t need additional run-pass stability.
The Steelers had been in administration Sunday in Denver with 527 offensive yards nevertheless misplaced 24-17 after Broncos nostril type out Shelby Harris intercepted a Roethlisberger go on the target line with 1:03 left. Roethlisberger wasn’t counting on Harris being near the ball, nevertheless the lineman purchased blocked once more into the highest zone. Roethlisberger generally known as the play “kinda crazy” and flukish. Nook Chris Harris Jr. was inside the line of the ball whereas overlaying Antonio Brown, and Roethlisberger said he knowledgeable Brown he wished to run a “flatter” path to steer clear of getting undercut.
On an interception by Chris Harris earlier inside the recreation, Roethlisberger said Brown was being held.
Coach Mike Tomlin said he’s concerned collectively along with his group’s minus-7 turnover ratio the earlier two weeks nevertheless not with Roethlisberger’s decision-making.
“Ben is just part of it. He isn’t solely answerable for our incapability to maintain up possession of the ball,” Tomlin said. “He wasn’t carrying the ball into the highest zone and fumbling it for a touchback. He merely should proceed to be thoughtful regarding the preservation of the ball, like he always is, and understand the responsibility that comes with being our signal-caller. I don’t see any factors in that house. Nonetheless us, collectively, should do a better job.”
The Steelers’ completely different two turnovers in Denver obtained right here on fumbles by Xavier Grimble and James Conner.
Roethlisberger moreover delivered a revealing quote Tuesday on his genuine goal-line plans, which did not embrace Brown.
The Steelers ran a fade for JuJu Smith-Schuster on first down, and Roethlisberger wished to revisit that play on third down.
“I imagine we should always at all times have went to [Smith-Schuster] four straight performs,” Roethlisberger said.
Brown attracts lots consideration from opposing defenses, and Smith-Schuster has capitalized with 1,zero55 yards and 77 catches, which lead the group. Brown has 71 catches for 874 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Roethlisberger will protect firing to every of those guys, plus the supporting solid of receivers and tight ends. He’ll proceed attempting to make performs, and supplies credit score rating to defenders who make them, too.
“Chances are you’ll’t get caught up inside the numbers and the stats,” Roethlisberger said.