Football is the ultimate team sport, and Ben Roethlisberger realizes his role in that process. After a very tough defeat in Week 3 to the Chicago Bears, where no one in particular played well, it was Roethlisberger who stood up and took the blame for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ poor play.
Roethlisberger talked openly about how he needs to be better, which is true, but also about how the loss falls on him because of his poor play.
Nothing Roethlisberger said was false, but the brunt of the blame for the loss at Soldier Field falls on shoulders other than the starting quarterback’s. Nevertheless, this type of talk sometimes can make an upcoming opponent think they’re going to see a lesser version of Big Ben.
As for Terrell Suggs, he isn’t buying what Roethlisberger is selling.
“Oh, Ben. He’s setting us up,” said Suggs in an interview with the Steelers official website. “He’s playing mind games. He’s setting us up. Tell Ben I’m onto his tricks. I know what he’s doing. I’m not going to let him fool me with trickery and Jedi mind tricks.”
The years of having both Suggs and Roethlisberger in this Steelers/Ravens rivalry certainly are coming to a close, and it’ll be a sad day when that happens. Both players have gotten the best of each other at huge moments throughout their careers.
There was the amazing interception by Suggs in the 2014 AFC Wild Card game where he caught the ball between his legs, ending the Steelers’ hopes of a comeback.
Then there was the play in 2010 when Roethlisberger was able to escape Suggs’ grasp to avoid a sack, save a timeout and ultimately throw a game-winning touchdown just a few plays later.
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These are just two of the iconic plays in the Suggs/Roethlisberger one-on-one matchup. In fact, Suggs has openly stated that he studies Roethlisberger so much he knows the signals and verbiage of when they’re going to throw the quick-screen passes which once were a staple of the Steelers’ offense.
You don’t think Roethlisberger has had his passes batted down enough by Suggs to learn from it? Just watch the play deemed the “Immaculate Extension” from last year’s win over the Ravens at Heinz Field. Watch Suggs and then watch Roethlisberger hold the ball for just a second longer before delivering the pass to Brown.
Yeah, Suggs and Roethlisberger might know each other too well, but that’s one of the reasons why this rivalry is so great.
In the meantime, Roethlisberger does need to play better on the road, especially in Baltimore. Suggs will be doing his best to ensure that Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense don’t catch fire in Week 4 in the battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.