As has been the case throughout the year, Roethlisberger defended his linemen and justified the unacceptably high sack total:
And from the sound of it, we will be throwing it more in the future:
I'm not saying that we're going to throw the ball 80 times a game, but we have turned that corner in terms of keeping up with the league."
I think he did good. He had to walk a fine line, being a younger guy and trying to be friends but not be friends, trying to be strict but not too strict. He had to walk a fine line his first year. I think it's only going to improve and the relationships he's going to have and the respect guys are going to have will get better. He's going to learn from everything too, just like we do."
Tomline and Roethlisberger both have plenty to learn and room to evolve in the coming years. If Tomlin is anything like Big Ben, I think we can expect even bigger and better things to come, perhaps sooner than we might expect.