Roethlisberger Says Offense Is Saving Touchdowns For The Regular Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 0-2 in the preseason following their loss to the Washington Redskins Monday night, and the starting offense has yet to finish a drive with a touchdown. If it has looked to you like the offense didn\’t have a game plan in their first two games, your eyes haven\’t deceived you, according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger following the loss.

“That has kind of been our goal the first two games,” said Roethlisberger when asked if the focus in the first two preseason games has been to get the running game going. “We haven\’t really game planned. We come into the games and say let\’s feature the backs, let\’s establish an identity and run the ball, run the ball, run the ball. So that\’s why I\’m not putting too much stock into what\’s happened out there, because there\’s a lot of plays that can be made in the passing game that we really haven\’t taken advantage of because we\’re trying to see about running the ball.”

If indeed the goal on offense has been to establish the run, they have fallen short in achieving it through the first two preseason games as the Steelers running backs have combined to rush for 164 yards on 49 carries for a paltry 3.35 average. LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jonathan Dwyer are both responsible for 123 of those yards on 27 carries so that leaves the other running backs combining to produce 41 yards on 22 carries, which equates to a sickening 1.86 average.

Presumably, the offense will game plan for the third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and hopefully more emphasis will be put on the passing game. As for the Steelers first team offense not being able to finish drives with touchdowns, Roethlisberger doesn\’t appear to be worried about that moving forward.

“We\’re saving our touchdowns for the regular season,” he said.

  • cencalsteeler

    That comment reminds me of when Tomlin said he was saving his two point conversion and keeping it in his back pocket so other teams wouldn’t see his plan. How did that work out for him?

  • steeltown

    He said it half jokingly with alittle smirk on his face…. obviously he would like to scored more pts preseason or not

    Its obvious the playbook has not been opened up, they are basically just running the ball trying to get the OLine on the same page and using a lot of screens because they haven’t used many RB screens in recent years.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    We all know the sorts of great plays the Steelers can draw up during the regular season. One of my favorites of late was in the first offensive series again the Redskins last year. We knew that defenses were watching us for bubble screens, so we faked one to AB (who even acted like the ball was on its way), and Washington’s defense bit on it completely. Then Ben turned and threw up the right side to a wide open Heath Miller for a 12-15 yard gain.

    I couldn’t care less if we don’t win a single preseason game. Honestly. That only seems to matter to teams like the Ravens, and puffed-up coaches like John Harbaugh. What I DO want is a clear demonstration in these games that those who will be asked to do a job when the season starts actually CAN do that job.

  • James Kling

    It’s still in the back pocket, so mission accomplished! No one knows the great Tomlin secret 2-point convo play!

  • steeltown

    Lets be honest, overall the Team looks pretty good (save the penalties) and the rookies have been impressive thus far. The OLine is of course the huge elephant in the room. What I WILL Be Watching over the next 2weeks is for the OLine to turn this thing around, they looked pretty solid in the first preseason game. The talent IS there. Its on those young men to find an identity, as the OL goes so goes the Offense

  • cencalsteeler

    Great post and I remember that play like it was yesterday. This may sound odd, but I actually think losing preseason games are good. It keeps a team hungry for striving to become better. What I would like to see though is the first teams play with a little more authority and fluidity. And when I say this, I’m emphasizing this more toward the offensive side of the ball.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Agreed on the O-line. The athleticism there will only help our run game, and should (hopefully) help to avoid a barrage of injuries. But they have to step up their game. NOTHING will stall our offensive drives more quickly than holding penalties. We cannot afford to turn 3rd and 2 into 3rd and 12, game after game. And the other AFCN teams are going to bring QB pressure ALL DAY. This line must be up to that challenge.

  • Mkeller

    Good to see Ben can laugh about it now because three weeks into the regular season I’m not so sure he’ll be laughing. Mike Adams isn’t quite there in pass protection yet but what’s worse if he goes down Ben is a dead man.
    And can someone tell me why Marcus Gilbert has that appearance of a man that is happy to just collect a pay check? I believe he was the only starter that didn’t get flagged but I think that’s because he’s the only one who wasn’t trying. Looks flat out lethargic.
    Don’t get me wrong…I’m happy just to collect a pay check but that’s why I’m sitting right here in the middle.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Same old Steelers offense. We invested a ton into our O-line, instead of skill players, and it’s not come to fruition yet. Unless this O-line turns it around, this will be our achilles heel for years to come.

  • T R

    Well thats sounds like the same thing Mark Sanchez said last year. And they did come out the first few games of the season scoring 30 and 40 points. So if Sanchez can promise it, well hell Big Ben can too. LOL

  • T R

    Tooshay!!!! LOL

  • StrengthOfVictory


  • T R

    yea its the dummy version of the real
    word. LOL

  • joed32

    No, Foster was the only one who wasn’t flagged, but the holding call on DeCastro was totally bogus.

  • Bumpyjenkins

    No more fancy wordsmithing talk and animated yelling and screaming. Try teaching these 2 and 3 year players how to use their hands.
    next – cut ziggy, cut gay, cut 4 of the 5 2nd string lineman, cut paulsen twice, and design at least one play (not the bubble screen) that ben can get rid of the ball in 2 seconds.

  • SteelerCop

    That was funny ass SHIT! 🙂

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’d like to see Foster switch position with DeCastro also. Makes much more sense as DeCastro is very active and more agile. Ramon Foster should be a plant guard, who stay and make sure the line isn’t collasping. Maybe… just maybe!

  • Patrick

    IF the line can’t pass block this team is finished.

  • diehard

    What an utterly stupid comment to make. Why even take the field then Ben if your not trying to score? Oh, by the way, it shows that the offense hasn’t “game planned”. That’s why the first team offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in 2 games.

  • Mike.H

    is it just me or Giants, Patriots have awesome line protection and their QB’s have ample time to throw the pig skin?

  • westernsteel

    Maybe they saved last season’s touchdowns for this season too I hope? The offense had a hard time getting in the end zone last season…..looks like Ben is gonna have to play his unorthodox style once again because of pass protection and will get hurt as usual and miss some games.

  • Nolrog

    Really? Overall, I thought the team looked terrible in all parts of the game.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you can’t put too much into preseason but you still want to play well and execute…not sure holding calls and roughing the passer calls are part of the game plan.

  • steeltown


    IMO the running game looks pretty good despite less than stellar OLine play and no Bell or Redman, the WRs are catching everything thrown their way, the Rookies on offense and defense look awesome, Woodley looks to be healthy and quicker than in recent yrs, same goes for Polamalu, the young ILBs and DLinemen have been a pleasant surprise, so have the younger CBs and we’re creating turnovers on Defense

    On the flip side, the OLine and TEs have not looked good, but we are without Miller and Spaeth..and the penalties have become a concern