Ben Roethlisberger: 'Maybe I don't have it anymore'


Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin defending his team's game plan on Tuesday after the Steelers had a 55-20 run-to-pass ratio in Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team established a run-heavy offense and made big plays on defense, essentially bullying an opposing Pittsburgh team that was considered among the best in the league at that point.

During his weekly interview on 93.7 The Fan Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger was asked to comment on his post-game comments and at no point did he concede that he's lost any confidence in himself. So, honestly, I think your talent, it doesn't go away, it goes awry sometimes, but it doesn't go away.

A day later, Roethlisberger went back to work energized and insisted his brief flirtation with retirement in the off-season has nothing to do with his current struggles.

These statements came just two days after he told reporters gathered around his locker, following a five-interception disaster in a loss to the Jaguars, "maybe I don't have it anymore". That had Heinz Field emptying midway through the fourth quarter. "It gives you a chance to mix up the coverages, what is going on, and things of that nature". "Time becomes a factor".

Bell was limited to just 15 carries for 47 yards.

Le'Veon Bell's responses were mostly concise on Monday.

In five games this season, Roethlisberger has completed 61.5 percent of his throws for 1,269 yards, six touchdowns, and seven interceptions. "We were showing him multiple looks". "Hopefully we can get that going". Time was a factor. His awful play against Jacksonville on top of four previous mediocre games led some to speculate he had one foot out the door.

At the snap, Church was about two yards off the line of scrimmage and looked like a threat to blitz, similar to the play that resulted in a sack against the Jets. "It peeves me off, it ticks me off that I played that way".

Tomlin challenged the spot of a catch on the first one with 4:40 remaining in the first half. There was a white line. "It gets you in third and manageable downs".

"I wouldn't say it was a surprise [because] I think it was just something that we know who we are, we know what we can do and it's really just showing the world", Jackson said. I was extremely confident in it.

The second was a case of Tomlin trusting receiver Antonio Brown, who was adamant that he had caught the ball.

Roethlisberger will next play football Sunday on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, who enter that contest undefeated. "It was an opportunity for him to re-center and get squared away from a technical standpoint, particularly from a field-the-punt standpoint, which is one of the core jobs that he possesses".