PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Returning after missing most of last year due to having three elbow tendons reattached to his arm, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he doesn’t feel he has to sling it around the field in his return.
“You know, we have to do whatever we have to do to win football games,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s kind of the most important thing.”
Roethlisberger said whether they throw or run doesn’t matter to him, adding new coaches Matt Canada and Ike Hilliard are going to help in a lot of areas. He believes offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is getting new ideas from the quarterbacks and receivers coaches.
“Obviously as a quarterback you know, you want to throw the ball,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s just natural, but at this point in my career, especially with the group we have, it really can’t be about anything other than winning football games and doing that however we have to.”
The 38-year-old says he feels healthy and not dealing with the nagging elbow injury anymore. He also feels mentally sharp. Roethlisberger believes he was able to watch and learn last year.
“I think I was more involved with Coach Randy [Fichtner] and stuff last year when you talk about from the sidelines, having a headset on, hearing the communication from the coaches, hearing the communication from players.”
“When you’re playing, when you’re on the field and come off to the sideline, you only have so much time really to communicate with receivers, running backs, linemen, things like that, and then look at the pictures and all the things that go in between series.”
“Last year, I was actually able to watch more. I was able to watch more of the big picture, if you will. Then, I was able to speak with more guys on the sidelines and talk with them and communicate kind of what I saw, what did they see. I think it was beneficial.”
“I was able to kind of see the bigger picture of being a quarterback just from being on the sideline last year.”
It’s not just the Zoom meetings and social distancing that is unique about this Steelers season, Roethlisberger is on a Steelers team that is an underdog. Not only is Baltimore picked to win the AFC North, some have Cleveland ahead of the Steelers.
“I think it’s fun,” Roethlisberger said. “I know a lot of guys like being on top and being hunted. Sometimes it’s fun to be the underdog and to be overlooked.”