Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions and no touchdowns in the loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
For a guy who talked about possibly retiring before the season began, he doesn’t sound like he’s really getting down on himself.
“You wake up Monday morning and you realize, ‘Man, I’m still one of the best in the world that do what I do,’ and I’m gonna have that confidence,” he said on 93.7 The Fan. “I’m gonna have that when I go out there Wednesday to practice and Sunday when we go into Kansas City. I have that belief that I’m one of the best that’s ever done it, one of the best that’s ever played this position and you have to have that confidence.”
Roethlisberger has been around this game a long time. He knows guys have off days. One poor game isn’t going to define his season, not by a long shot.
“I talked to my agent,” Roethlisberger said. “He played quarterback in college and worked closely with a lot of people. I asked him ‘Have you seen anything, do you notice anything?’ He said, ‘No, I honestly think that you’re throwing the ball as well as you ever have.’ So I don’t think there’s anything there. Honestly, I think your talent, it doesn’t go away, it goes awry sometimes, but it doesn’t go away. We just got to come back out and be ready to play some great football.”
Plus, it’s not like this was all on him. Running back Le’Veon Bell only had 47 yards and never scored. Wide receiver Antonio Brown was targeted 19 times and caught 10 passes, but could never get into the end zone.
“We’re all frustrated,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got to get into the end zone and we’ve got a lot of talent on this side of the ball and we’ve got to utilize that.”
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