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Ben Roethlisberger is well versed in the drill.

Postby zhangzk » December 3rd, 2019, 4:05 am

When things go well Sutton Smith Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is quick to deflect praise elsewhere.And when they don't, he's just as quick to shoulder the responsibility regardless of how many yards he passes for or touchdowns he throws."We take these losses on us as an offense, and me as a leader of the offense, I take it on myself that we haven't done enough to score enough points to win football games," Roethlisberger said Wednesday. "So, offensively we need to be better and we will be better."Thing is, on paper Pittsburgh's offense looks fine. The Steelers (1-2-1) are a respectable sixth in total yards and 10th in points heading into Sunday's visit from Atlanta (1-3).The problem is the success has come in fits and spurts. Consistency has been elusive. For every 21-point flurry 鈥?such as the one against Kansas City in Week 2 that helped them escape from an early hole 鈥?there have been large swathes of meh.And while coach Mike Tomlin is frustrated by his team's slow starts 鈥?the Steelers have been outscored 42-6 in the first quarter 鈥?the finishes haven't been great either. Pittsburgh has just one fourth-quarter touchdown through four games, a 3-yard dive by Roethlisberger in the waning moments against the Chiefs.The Steelers often look dynamic and vulnerable in the same half, a sporadic juggernaut that doesn't exactly have Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley overly concerned. The brash second-year player is eager to get a look at Roethlisberger Sutton Smith Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , Antonio Brown and the rest of a team coming off its worst September in five years."Big Ben, you know, he's one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but he hasn't seen Takk McKinley, and that's just me being honest," said McKinley, who already has five sacks this season. "So, great quarterback and respect him, but he hasn't seen me."There's no specific area that's lacking for the Steelers Sutton Smith Jersey 2019 , though the running game has gone silent for long stretches since James Conner piled up 135 yards and two touchdowns in the opener against Cleveland. Rock bottom 鈥?at least what the Steelers hope is rock bottom 鈥?came last week against Baltimore when Pittsburgh managed just 19 yards rushing on 11 carries."I know everybody wants to see the run game and trust me, as an offensive lineman, we want to see it to," Pouncey said. "It's early in the season, things will come along."The anticipated arrival of All-Pro Le'Veon Bell 鈥?who told ESPN earlier this week he plans to report later this month 鈥?should help.Of course, that's predicated on Bell not changing his mind in the interim. Until Bell's familiar No 26 goes from hanging idly in the locker room to the field, Conner will continue to do his part. The issue is a lack of chances.The Steelers ran the ball just three times in the second half against Baltimore even though the game was tied at the break. That's not exactly a firm commitment to taking some of the load off Roethlisberger's considerable shoulders and giving the NFL's 30th-ranked defense a true breather.Still, there's also a point where running it for the sake of running it reaches a point of diminishing returns."You don't want to run into a brick wall, that's idiotic as a team Cheap Sutton Smith Jersey ," Ramon Foster said. "We've got to be a team that understands the situation we are put in and maximize those."That includes creating a cleaner pocket for Roethlisberger to work in. The 36-year-old has been erratic at times. He was brilliant in the first half against Tampa Bay two weeks ago 鈥?when he threw three touchdowns to help stake the Steelers to a 20-point lead 鈥?and all over the place in the second half against the Ravens as they consistently disrupted his timing."There's a couple of times on film, if Ben didn't have a little bit of pressure, AB is going across the middle wide open," Foster said. "The thing that is going to help us more is just owning up to what we're doing and taking care of the small pieces."Having a defense that doesn't seem to find its footing until after it has given up multiple scores isn't helping. The Steelers have allowed opponents to score first in each of the past three games, developments that have rendered portions of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner's game plan moot.Not that Roethlisberger wants to talk about it. Yes the offense has been forced to play catch-up a lot. But it's not as if there's no time left on the clock when these outbursts happened. Pittsburgh tied Baltimore with 2:50 left in the first half and didn't score again. That can't happen, particularly in a season where more points are being scored than ever before.There's time to get it fixed, yes. Just not as much as there was."We're looking at this next week and trying to get a win because that's all that really matters," Roethlisberger said. "If this has to happen it's better to have it early in the season than middle or late in the season."NOTES: LB Vince Williams (hamstring) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle). ... S Morgan Burnett (groin) was limited. ... CB Mike Hilton (elbow) was a full participant, as was K Chris Boswell (left foot). ... Pouncey Jon Bostic Jersey , Roethlisberger and CB Joe Haden were given the day off. We take a look at the scouting reports written about the Steelers top draft pick this offseason"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsNFL DraftLatest NewsScouting the Steelers 2019 NFL Draft picks: LB Devin Bush New,40commentsWe take a look at the scouting reports written about the Steelers top draft pick this offseasonEDTShareTweetShareShareScouting the Steelers 2019 NFL Draft picks: LB Devin Bush Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY SportsWhile the Pittsburgh Steelers may have surprised many fans with their move up in the draft to select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, it would be fair to say they likely had very little of chance of getting him had they stayed with their original pick. Ranked by the experts as the second best linebacker available this year behind Devin White, some even had him rated as one of the top 10 players in the 2019 NFL Draft.Reading through the array of scouting reports written about him ahead of the draft, it is easy to see what could have encouraged the Steelers to move up in round one for the first time since 2006. Barring some question about his size, the 5-foot-11 inside linebacker receives mostly glowing reports from the experts.Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Joe Marino, The Draft Network:Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network:Matt Miller Cameron Sutton Jersey , Bleacher Report:Luke Easterling, DraftWire:Charlie Campbell, Walter Football:Watching his highlight videos shows a player who SteelerNation could very quickly come to love.If Bush can produce to the same levels as the last two players the Steelers traded up for in round one, Pittsburgh might yet have something special in the former Michigan linebacker.
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