PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – In a Monday edition of the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show, the Steelers’ quarterback visits with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan.
This week, the Steelers face the Baltimore Ravens on a short week. Roethlisberger points out that playing on Thursday night requires more mental toughness than playing in the other prime time games.
“I don’t really think guys like it as much as the other (prime time) games, because it always comes with a short week,” Roethlisberger says. “You can’t expect the level of football to be as good as it would be on a full week’s preparation and rest. But you have to almost make it your best football game because it’s such a short week. This game is really about being mentally strong.”
The Steelers will meet the Ravens in a prime time matchup on Thanksgiving night, and Ben has noticed a scheduling quirk.
“Seems like the NFL loves to play a one o’clock game (in Pittsburgh) against Baltimore and always a night game at Baltimore,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough environment. It’s going to be hard to run a regular offense, let alone a no-huddle.”
For a second straight week, the Steelers no-huddle performed well. So, who calls the plays when Pittsburgh goes no-huddle?
“It’s 98, 99 percent me,” Ben said. “Every once in a while, Todd will say, ‘Think about this’ or ‘Don’t forget about this play.’ Usually, I ask him to stay out of my head when I’m at the line of scrimmage calling things, but every once in a while he’ll call something that he thinks looks good. But, a lot of it is done on the sideline.”
Hear Ben’s thoughts on how the Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns, whether the NFL protects its quarterbacks equally, what else to expect from the Ravens, and what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving by listening to the entire interview below.