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01-23-2009, 04:15 AM
Cardinals will have hands full with Steelers' Roethlisberger

by Richard Obert - Jan. 23, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepubli ... e0123.html (http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/2009/01/23/20090123cardside0123.html)

It's not just Ben Roethlisberger the Cardinals worry about. It's his receivers. It's Willie Parker running at full throttle.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' blue-collar image extends to offense. Roethlisberger is big and strong, shakes off defenders, runs out of the pocket and never quits.

He takes a beating and comes back with big plays, as he did in last week's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving briefly with an injury before returning and throwing a touchdown pass in the victory.

"He can read coverages and whenever you have a quarterback who can make the right reads and get the ball in the right areas, it's hard to contain a guy like that," Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson said.

Last week, in the Arizona's 32-25 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles that clinched the Cardinals' first trip to the Super Bowl, Wilson sacked Donovan McNabb twice, including one that forced a fumble.

Wilson said it won't be so easy getting to Roethlisberger, who is bigger and maybe more mobile than McNabb.

"It's hard for us, or any defender, to bring him down," Wilson said. "He does a great job of looking off the safety.

"He's been in that offense for quite a long time now, so we're going to have our hands full. Luckily for us, we've got enough time to try and prepare. Hopefully, we'll have a good game plan going into the game."

The Cardinals are using third-string quarterback Brian St. Pierre to simulate Roethlisberger in practices.

St. Pierre is 6 feet 3, 230 pounds, the closest thing to Roethlisberger (6-5, 241).

St. Pierre was with the Steelers long enough to get an idea of how Roethlisberger works.

"I'm not saying that physically he can do the things that Ben can do," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "But as far as scrambling and moving around in the pocket and those kind of things, extending the play, we are trying to give them a picture for that."

But it's not just Roethlisberger, Whisenhunt said.

The Cardinals expect receiver Hines Ward to play, despite the sprained MCL in his knee that he suffered in the first quarter against the Ravens.

Santonio Holmes is a big-play threat, and tight end Heath Miller catches well and is a good blocker.

They all know how to find openings when Roethlisberger moves out of the pocket.

"You are trying to give (the defense) that look, but it is not always easy," Whisenhunt said.

01-23-2009, 08:45 AM
I really think that we will move the football at will against Arizona, forcing them into obvious passing situations, which will make it easier to defend.

01-23-2009, 03:31 PM
Check the quotes from those slack jawed fools, they are calling for the cards d to "sweep" Ben's leg to take him out. Sounds like a confidant bunch doesn't it!

01-23-2009, 05:24 PM
Instead of having St. Pierre pretend to be Roethlisberger on the scout team at practice, they should hire this tool, who is perfectly willing to pretend he is both Roethlisberger and St. Pierre (and current Cardinal Jerame Tuman as well!)