Roethlisberger Thanks Lineman In Near Perfect Win Over Carolina: 'We Are Nothing Without The Guys Up Front'

Jeff Hathhorn
November 09, 2018 - 12:39 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Returning from a physical game in Baltimore and recovering from a broken finger, was no issue for Ben Roethlisberger.  The 15- year Steelers quarterback completed 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards, five touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating in the 52-21 win over Carolina before being replaced by Josh Dobbs with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“When you convert third downs, you are scoring in the red zone, good things happen,” Roethlisberger said.  “And it starts up front, you can say what you want about the skill guys, but we are nothing without the guys up front.  They are playing really, really good football.”

The linemen also had his back after Roethlisberger slid following an 18 yard scramble, Panthers defensive back Eric Reid launched at him and caught him in the side of the head.

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“Those are my guys,” Roethlisberger said.  “When it happened, I kind of popped up and next thing you know I saw those 2 guys running and the cavalry right behind them, so I got out of the way.  It doesn’t surprise me because of how close we are, makes you feel pretty good though.”

“You see it all the time in hockey, you really don’t have a choice, you have to stand up for your guy,” said guard David DeCastro. “ You don’t want to get a fine or anything like that, it’s kind of harmless, let him know how you feel.  Give him a piece of your mind and things like that.”

Center Maurkice Pouncey said the hit was unacceptable, although telling us Reid apologized to them, that he didn’t mean it. 

Did Pouncey even realize the kind of night Roethlisberger had?

“Nah, I didn’t even pay attention, but I knew he was on fire,” Pouncey said.  “He should probably get AFC Player of the Week before the other teams even play this weekend.  First ballot (Hall of Fame), I keep telling you guys, I will be there at the party when he gets enshrined.”