Roethlisberger Impressed With Resolve, Rebound Of Key Players In Win

It was yet another imperfect game for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense. One full of missed opportunities, miscues, and well, just plain misses. But as the Steelers have found a way to do through the first half of the season, they eked out a victory despite not playing their best football. After the game, Ben Roethlisberger said he was proud of how players responded after one of those ugly plays.

“Early, Eli Rogers dropping a touchdown early,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “Huge. He beat himself up for about a minute or two. But he came back with a big pass interference call late that moved the chains. He ran a great route. He really left the guy behind him who had no other choice but to grab him. Hey-Bey, same thing. We had another one back there in that corner. He bounces right back and makes a play on special teams.

“We find ways to bounce back even when guys aren’t doing everything right. You don’t expect Le’Veon to fumble there in the red zone either. But he comes back and has a good second half, too.”

Roethlisberger, who understandably didn’t talk about himself, could be plugged into that same group. He slogged through another uneven game and threw several terrible balls, including a 2nd and 9 incompletion that Jesse James would’ve needed go-go gadget arms to grab. But he immediately bounced back, throwing his prettiest pass of the night that turned into JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 97 yard touchdown.

The offense, like the first car you bought, still misfires on a weekly basis. But they’ll have the bye week to figure things out and get healthy, presumably with the return of Marcus Gilbert at right tackle. Big Ben said he knows the “offense will turn it around,” a must for a team who is being picked as the AFC’s favorites.

They still haven’t reached the 30 point plateau this season, their longest drought in nearly two decades, but have cleaned up penalties and done slightly better in the red zone.

Collectively, if the offense bounces back, as Rogers, DHB, and others did tonight, they’ll be in position to make that kind of run.

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  • Darth Blount 47

    The 2 times we won a Super Bowl with Ben, we ran the ball and played hard-hitting, terrific defense. The one time we went and lost with Ben, we relied upon him a bit too much, and although I STILL say we were the better team that day, we faltered. Does that mean Ben CAN’T lead us to a SB victory? No. What it means is, there IS a formula. A formula that has proven successful in the past. And I say, let’s EMBRACE that formula and not run away from it or constantly look to denigrate the way we are choosing to get there. The whole “30 points a game” thing means NOTHING. The only thing that does mater, is the Win/Loss record. And at 6-2 and the number 1 AFC seed today, I think we are on the right track. Relatively healthy. Reinforcements coming back. And a schedule that STILL sets up well, if you ask me. If we can beat New England in week 15, and stay the course the other games, I love our chances to grab that #1 seed for real. And if we do, and the AFC Playoffs have to go through… 100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212… then I like our chances. I REALLY like our chances. Never forget…

    #StairwayTo7
    #Hero’sQuest
    #ThisOneIsForDan

  • Burky

    I love Ben but he cracks me up. He’s so quick to point out everyone else’s bad plays. Ben missed SEVERAL layups tonight. Opening play should have been EASY TD to JUJU. He under threw him and we settler for 3. DHB WIDE OPEN and Ben leads him too far. Sure, DHB should have caught it but come on BEN!! Are you kidding me? You call him out on that one? That was a pitch and catch play. Againl LOVE YOU BEN.. But be a better teammate. Just because Martavis gets labeled as a critical teammate for what he said about JUJU, doesn’t mean your teammates don’t think the same things about you when you call them out. BTW.. GREAT throw on the 97 yarder Hit JUJ in stride.

  • And why did we settle for 3 on that first drive? Because Rogers dropped a sure TD. And he’s always the guy to take all the blame after a loss and take non of the credit after a win.

    I think you only see negative, he isn’t criticizing his guys, he’s complimenting them on bouncing back from bad plays.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Did Ben say DHB was beating himself up? Wonder why since Ben threw it too far out ahead of him. Rogers one was definitely on Rogers but that DHB one was on Ben.

  • razaard2

    Ben’s blaming Heyward Bey? Seriously? There was no defender in the same zip code as Bey, and Ben managed to overthrow him. Without any pressure whatsoever. That was a layup, and it’s all on Ben. If DHB couldn’t reach the ball, no one could, he is one of the fastest men on earth

  • FATCAT716

    Did he slow up at some point? For him to beat his self up something happened

  • CountryClub

    the opening pass to JuJu was perfect. It’s the same play Detroit ran all night. If he leads him too much he gets crushed by the safety.

  • CountryClub

    or was it? I say this all the time about PFF, it’s impossible for them to give accurate grades when they have no idea what the players are supposed to do. I agree that it looked like Ben overthrew him. But, maybe he didn’t. We have no idea.

  • CountryClub

    They won the SB vs Ariz because of Ben. Not the D or the running game. Those were huge factors in the season, but not in the SB.

  • Jeff Dudash

    I don’t know … he was wide open and the ball was out in front of him. I GUESS it’s possible DHB ran a poor route, but it sure seemed obvious that Ben overthrew him.

  • CountryClub

    I agree.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I understand your point in general but we literally watched Ben throw it a half step out of the reach of DHB. He was crossing the field wide open so there is no reason to believe he had hesitated or been held up at any point.

    I mean I am sure DHB will blame himself too just because that is what most guys do but the tape seems pretty obvious at this point. Unless we hear that he tripped or something else but I don’t recall seeing that either.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I don’t complain on ‘Steelers won Monday’, so let’s put this into the healthy debate category 🙂

    There have been multiple times when Haley’s offense has impressed and even surprised me; I’m not gonna lie. I say this obviously, because I’m about to point to him.

    This team’s has, arguably, the best RB, best WR, a top five line and a HoF QB. Players execution matters, but this offense ‘should’ (hate that word) be the strength of this team in a big time way.

    Now.. I agree with your formula statement. Running the ball effectively – controlling the ball and the time of possession, throwing deep to make the defense pay for coming up to play the effective run, on offense. It’s so 70’s, and yet we saw the other end of that against the Bears and Jags that it’s still effective today.

    These days, I think you need a Swann, a Stallworth AND a Ward. And somethings not right in Motown when you can’t find the rhythm. Haley and Ben have to get there; and Martavis needs to ‘make’ plays when they call his number. And then, things might hum..

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I think he usually puts most of the blame on himself, regularly enough that I feel like he know where he left plays. But as the voice of the team, I like that he’s trying to lead positively.

    There have sure been a lot of unnecessary distractions.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Kinda feels like Ben is both leading in a positive way, while including some information from his perspective about things that may not have been his fault.

    This team needs a bye and a social media moratorium.

    #everywincounts
    #clubhousechillinontop
    #socialmediaisnottherapy

  • David Shoff

    These are the kind of games that the Steelers almost always lose, but not tonight. Tons of missed tackles, a fumble and interception, drops, no pressure on the opposing QB and big plays against the defense. Wow, we hung in there after all that and eeked out a win. The lions had some really unique plays that really worked against us. The Steelers will have plenty of film to watch and learn from.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Well said. I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but I’m not overlythrilled with the play-calling either. But I went back and re-watched the game like an addict last night, and truthfully, that game WAS on execution. Haley called a pretty good game. And we left MANY points out there on the field because of that lack of sound execution. Most by the WR’s and Bell’s fumble.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Some would argue it was because of James Harrison. 😉

  • CountryClub

    best play I’ve ever seen

  • MC

    Lately these have been the games we lose. Coming out flat and never getting it together, but this time they bucked that trend and surprise a lot of us.

  • MC

    I strongly feel like the playcalling has been the biggest problem with this offense over execution, this entire season. This game however it was more so the execution being the problem.