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Game Vs. Steelers: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

On how the ending of the opening drive set the tone for the rest of the game:

"Well it hurts, obviously.  You have a chance for a touchdown, you think three at the worst and then they get a block. It's definitely deflating, but it's not the end of the game."

On how he feels about WR Markus Wheaton's performance today:

"We're not going to get down on him. You know, obviously, he's going to be down on himself more than any of us can be. He knows that he should and can make that play. But there's enough thumb pointing that needs to go on and it starts with me. You point the thumb and that's what I told the guys, you know you win as a team and you lose as a team. That was an offensive, defensive and special team loss, and it challenge both the players and coaches to look in the mirror to point the thumb to start."

On how the team approaches this type of loss:

"You know what; we're not going to be undefeated. Of course we want to win as many as we can. This was a very good NFC team that we came and played. They got after us and made us one dimensional on offense and they got after us pretty good tonight."

On if he was surprised by the lack of a running game tonight:

"We kind of had to get out of it pretty quick. This is a really good defensive front seven, they have a really good defensive line and we knew that it was going to be a good test."

On the lack of positive yards on first downs:

"We pride ourselves on getting 4-plus [yards] on first down and we've been able to do that so far this year. When you can't do that, then you're getting behind the chains and they're dropping back into zones and getting pressure with their front four and that makes it tough."

On what he thought about Eagles QB Carson Wentz:

"I thought he played great. He won the game. He managed the game, he makes throws, he does the checks and audibles. I'm not sure how much freedom he has, but just look at the score."

On quitting or leaving the game:

"Never…  never.  Mike, you've been around me long enough to know I'm not [leaving the game].  Even if Coach [Head Coach Mike Tomlin] would've said 'get out' I would've kept going in.  We don't quit.  I don't quit.  That's not the Steeler way.  That's not my way."

On what looks he was seeing from them on back end:

"They were mixing up some things.  They weren't doing a lot.  They counted on their front seven to get after us, especially their front four.  Like I said, it's a little skewed because we had to become so one dimensional and they could just tee-off on the pass.  They threw some two at us, some six, someone… all kinds of different things."

On today's game compared to the win against Cincinnati Bengals last week:

"I think it was the score.  I think that dictated it.  We still tried to do a little bit, but there's only so much you can do getting beat like that."

On 3rd quarter drive when they entered into Eagles territory but stalled:

"Uh, we stunk.  Yeah, we all stunk."

On LG Ramon Foster injury:

"It's no good – he's a veteran guy.  That group, and that cohesion that they have is pretty special.  I know they're going to beat themselves up pretty good for this, as we all will, and as we all should.  But I thought [LG] BJ [Finney] came in and did some really good things and hopefully we can get him back."

On what it's like to lose Ramon and his experience:

"Well you lose that; you lose the experience.  You lose a guy that has played in a lot of football games that [C Maurkice] Pouncey knows, that [LT] Al[ejandro Villanueva] knows.  You throw a new guy in, but you know what, we say 'next guy up, next man ready to go,' and BJ did that."

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