Ben Roethlisberger Refers To New Playbook As A Rosetta Stone Book

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on WDVE radio this morning to talk about the new presents that he received during the 2012 NFL draft this past weekend as well as a few other topics.

Roethlisberger was specifically asked early on what he has heard so far about first round pick David DeCastro and how he was being compared already to former Steeler guard Alan Faneca. Roethlisberger replied by saying, “I just heard he\’s the next Alan Faneca and that\’s a pretty high compliment, because obviously we know how great Alan Faneca was. But he seems like, from everything I heard, that he\’s a pretty good kid. I talked to him briefly and we\’re excited to get him in there, and like I said, see what he can do. Everyone is always telling me he looks so great and I say, yeah on paper he looks great right now. Let\’s see what he looks like when he gets on this field and the bullets are flying.” Roethlisberger later added, “We\’re excited to get him in and see how he gels with the rest of that group, because that room is a special room, and you know you got to get along with all the boys, because they\’re their own little clique.”

The interview continued on with DeCastro as the main focus and Roethlisberger was asked what he thought DeCastro needs to do right now after the draft. Roethlisberger replied, “Rest! I mean they\’re going to hit the wall, everyone does it. You go straight from college, you train for the draft, go right to training camp and then into the season. You\’re going to get worn out. The biggest thing for a lineman, as I just said, is come in and really just kind of get a feel for that room, because it is a special room, and when I mean special I mean special in a lot of ways. You just got to come in and find your place in that room and we got some good leaders in that room. Maurkice Pouncey, Willie Colon, and we got a lot of guys back. So just see how it goes with them.”

Roethlisberger was asked later about what he thought about the possibility of Colon playing guard and if he was at all nervous about the two rookies potentially starting this year. Roethlisberger replied, “I think Willie Colon can play any position on the line except center. I don\’t think that we would ever want to try that. I don\’t think he would and I don\’t think I would, but if he has to, I\’m sure he could do it because he\’s that good. I think a lot of people are trying to envision that, but who know what\’s going to happen. I think these guys have got to come in and compete. We still have a lot of guys that they\’re going to have to fight and beat out. Just because you\’re drafted high doesn\’t mean you automatically beat a guy out.”

The last thing that stuck out in the interview was when Roethlisberger was asked about what he knows so far about the new offense that offensive coordinator Todd Haley will be installing. The quarterback answered, “I do know some stuff from obviously being in the building and walking by the rooms, sneaking in the rooms by myself and trying to look at things, because you can\’t meet and talk football. So I walked into the rooms to see what was kind of going on and I thought I picked up a Rosetta Stone book. Yeah I see some stuff and we\’re going to need to meet this week, trust me, because we\’ve got to figure some stuff out.”

Overall Roethlisberger was very upbeat and excited about the addition of the new linemen and how could he not be. At the same he knows that the draft is just the first stage of things and that the rookie linemen have to prove it on the field as well as fit in with the other linemen. It also seem pretty obvious that he has seen the new playbook already and the jab about it by saying he needs a Rosetta Stone book to figure it out. That means that there are certainly quite a few changes in the offense as one would expect, and quite possibly the terminology as well. He will surely be getting together this week with Haley and figuring some things out just as he said.

You can listen to the full interview in its entirety below.


  • Dylewski52

    I’ve never understood this. “You can’t meet and talk football.” What? This is a business and some gibroney is telling you when you can and can’t talk to your employees? Could someone please explain this to me.

  • Yoni

    My guess is this is a Union stipulation. If there were no rules prohibiting this, players would feel obligated to work year-round which is something they probably don’t want to do.

  • Woodleykills56

    I can understand not forcing meeting amoung players and coaches. But how can say Ben and Haley not meet on their own terms and go over the playbook?

  • Daveb1952

    Come Game one, Ben will be ready Rosetta Stone or not.

  • Newmann_a

    This along with his subtle jabs at DeCastro about getting along in their “special room”. Does Ben mean the restroom in Ga ? New nickname Big Crybaby, and this from a lifelong Steelers fan. I hope Alex Tanney is the next Tom Brady and they can usher out the Big Crybaby era.

  • Jbucking

    Get over it. Ben is a great QB and he has already paid for his indiscretions. By the way not only was he never convicted of any crime he has never even been charged with any crime. Like it or not barring injury Ben will be the Steeler QB for at least 5 more years.

  • Fish

    If these draft picks work out as projected were going to have one of the best O-Lines in the league. When Mr. Wallace signs his tender or he and the Steelers work out a long term deal, they are going to have one of the best receiving corps in the league. We have the best blocking and sure handed tight end in the game. We have a good stable of young power backs, a third down back to replace Moore if he is what the Steelers hyped him to be before his injury, a speed/scat back in Rainey, and Rashard when he’s back. A proven offensive coordinator.

    So let’s see….. that’s Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check! Complicated new playbook or not, it’s all about you this year Big Fella, get your nose in that book as quick as you can and learn that new language.

  • JavaTP

    Newmann – I’ve missed you since Seinfield went serial. Still the same wacky guy! Apparently you’ve never been in a locker room.

  • Dan Marino wasn’t crazy about Jimmy Johnson coming to Miami either because he wanted to throw it every down if he could. They were tryin to protect him in his later years with a running game but it never got going in Miami. We won’t have that same problem here. We already have pro bowl caliber backs & now we have an upgraded o-line. Ben just doesn’t like change because we were already pretty good. What he doesn’t realize yet, but soon will, is this is the best thing that he could’ve hoped for in his career. We NEED a strong running game, especially in the redzone, which will open up the passing game that much more. Nobody loves seein Big Ben create gamebreaking plays more than I do but I would love to see him not have to for a change. He’ll be fine once he gets back in a comfort zone & the Black n Gold will be back on top once again….and maybe to stay for a while. Seriously, I can see a dominant team in the near future….78 Steelers esque as in #1 offense #1 defense!