Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Says They Like Where Offense Is Going Headed Into 2013

Last year at about this time, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was referring to the new offense being installed by then-new offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the “Rosetta Stone Offense.” Following the first OTA practice of the 2013 season on Tuesday, Roethlisberger was asked if he feels different about the offense now that he is entering his second year in it.

“Yeah, a little bit. There’s a little more comfort, said Roethlisberger. “There has been some changes this offseason in some of the offensive philosophies, playbook and some things that I think are good.

“It’s some compromise from all different position coaches, running back coaches, line, and quarterback coaches. I think we’ve taken a little bit of everything and made it a lot better. You can ask anybody on offense that, including coaches, and they’ll tell you that we all like the way the offense is and where it’s going.”

With veteran quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich no longer with the team, Roethlisberger now enters his first season with the Steelers as the veteran quarterback on the roster, and he was asked whether or not it will be different for him this year having to assume that role.

“Yeah, I\’m excited to be that guy that\’s a leader for those guys and to help them,” said Roethlisberger, who turned 31 years of age back in March. “I\’m going to do that and I\’m going to do everything that I can to help those guys to get ready to play, because I\’m here to win games, and we\’ve had other guys step up and play and win games for us in the past. I\’m excited to help these guys to be ready to go if need be.”

With wide receiver Mike Wallace now gone, Roethlisberger was asked to access the wide receiver position after just his first practice.

“Obviously, we’re going to miss Mike (Wallace) as a person, friend and teammate, said Roethlisberger. “We have to be ready to move on. We’ve got a lot of young guys and we’ve got some guys that are back.

“We’ve got a good mixture of people in that room that are going to be ready to go. We’re excited to get moving. We haven’t really had a chance to do one-on-one’s and get out here and do stuff. Day one is a good one.”

Overall, it sounded like a pretty non eventful day for Roethlisberger, and that\’s exactly the kind of stuff that you like to hear at the start of OTAs. He looked good and apparently is fully healthy, so you really can\’t ask for anything more than that.

  • Spoken like a True Leader! Keep it up Ben and bring number 7 home.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I have a feeling this is going to be a good year for us!

  • zyzak

    He looked fat on TV someone will say. Mark my words

  • Jason Brant

    Much different tone from last year. I like the attitudes everyone is portraying so far this offseason.

  • Sven_Hunkstrom

    Hopefully the change in philosophy will include actually trying to score as many points as possible, instead of functionally trying to keep it close so we can win in the end because “good teams win close games” (an antiquated idea with no real statistical basis).

  • Yeah, and will probably be the same middle school child who has been passing out the vote downs for everything positive we have said for the last day or two for no apparent reason and no comment to back it up..

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    The changes to the offensive playbook are definitely needed.

  • steeltown

    Ha! I was watching the interview yesterday and my colleague at work (a Ravens fan) said jokingly, “who’s that fat guy?”

  • Awesome news big Ben! I’m proud and happy also that you are the leader of the pack and willing to show our new rookies a few things! Big Ben I’m looking for number seven this year and I believe your the man to take us there! *******#7 here we go Steelers here we go!