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SteelCrazy
06-07-2012, 04:50 PM
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/a14f667e73aa42ac8921eaeafa59deaf/FBN--Steelers-Roethlisberger

SteelCrazy
06-07-2012, 05:02 PM
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A Pittsburgh Steelers football helmet sits by the sideline as the Steelers warm up during NFL football practice on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


BURGH — In what can be interpreted as another visible manifestation of his aversion to change, Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/org/06dcf182dc6e4b92bc02bb0b0592233d) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/6106a88451b04facb513250fe52d65e6) wore a No. 78 jersey for the team's final offseason training activity on Thursday.

Roethlisberger said he eschewed his regular No. 7 "in honor of" former Steelers left tackle Max Starks (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/1b3c3573cbcd49af870a77c03fc9cc1e), who tore a knee ligament during the January playoff loss in Denver and remains unsigned. It's the second consecutive season Roethlisberger made such a public suggestion to the organization to bring back his teammate and friend.
Such a move is not unlike the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback's subtle references in recent weeks on adapting to a new offense. Roethlisberger has repeatedly made it clear he was apprehensive about the transition from former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/773fa467e8524dda91a10bfce03cb389) — a close friend — to that of Todd Haley (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/e223232543044f458475834ec15c81e3), former coach of the Chiefs.
As he walked off Heinz Field wearing the old and tattered jersey Thursday, Roethlisberger said he and the rest of the offense have "made progress" digesting the new terminology.


"Every day is a little bit better," Roethlisberger said. "I'm not saying I can go out and call a game myself right now, but I understand when he calls a play, I know what's going on for the most part. So we're getting it down to figuring it out."
Pittsburgh conducted its final non-mandatory offseason workout at its home stadium on Thursday. It was the final of 10 organized team activity sessions over the past three weeks, the others taking place at team headquarters across town.
Mandatory mini-camp — complete with full pads — will run over three days next week.
Roethlisberger said it will be a crucial week in terms of the offensive players assimilating into the new system.
"We've made some strides," Roethlisberger said. "They may not be giant strides, but they're strides forward. I don't think we've taken any backward. That's the key — and it's just OTAs right now. It will come next week for mini-camp."
Just like Haley said the day before, Roethlisberger pointed out that picking up the new verbiage is the most difficult part of adapting to a new offense for the players.
"Same words mean something different," Roethlisberger said. "It is football (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/subject/20da51b07e4e100488b0d0913b2d075c), and football is football. We understand some concepts, but we're putting the old stuff behind us and moving forward."
Same thing with moving on with some different personnel — Roethlisberger's tribute to Starks aside. The Steelers' top two draft picks, David DeCastro (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/f26df32acfb7454e93433aa697c5a9cb) and Mike Adams (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/2ec452517adc428d9e269c3f05929676), have not been at the training activities because of conflicts with their academic schedules at Stanford and Ohio State, respectively.
They will arrive for mini-camp next week, and each will be plugged, initially, onto the first team. Adams will line up at Starks' former position, left tackle. DeCastro will be at right guard.
"I've heard so many great things about both of them," Roethlisberger said, "so we'll see what it's like having them in person."
Roethlisberger was sacked more than any quarterback in the AFC last season (40) and no quarterback in the league has endured more than the 261 sacks he has since 2006. He'll have a revamped line protecting him this season. So, that could help. And Roethlisberger also lauded the work this summer of veteran Willie Colon (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/160b78be63eb4b7fa4897576d1cd3f28), who moves from tackle to left guard.
In one way, Roethlisberger's career has come full circle. When he was a rookie in 2004, veteran offensive lineman Alan Faneca (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/15882228284e4d749c94b027b5703bb1) famously said wasn't enthused about having a 22-year-old take snaps.
"No, it's not exciting," Faneca said the week before Roethlisberger's first career start. "Do you want to go work with some little young kid who is just out of college?"
The Steelers won each of Roethlisberger's 13 regular-season starts that year en route to a 15-1 record.
Months removed from his 30th birthday, Roethlisberger was more diplomatic about the prospect of having a pair of 22-year-olds being the only thing between him and 270-pound pass rushers.
"As long as they do their job, I don't care," Roethlisberger said. "I don't care who it is — as long as they put 100 percent into it like the rest of the guys and how I'm going to do and do their job, I'm fine with them."

NOTES: Linebackers coach Keith Butler said that reserve LB Jason Worilds (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/654b991c137340ae9e473ce0ce371008) had offseason wrist surgery and that Pro Bowl LB James Harrison (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/ce330a7383ea4321bca61b63147ecefa) has not been practicing with the team because of knee inflammation

Oviedo
06-07-2012, 05:17 PM
Did anyone really doubt that he would or that he really had a choice. Change is hard but it also can be a great stimulator for complacency. Our offense under Arians was never going to get any better. Change was necessary and Haley seems to be leading it the right way.

Too early to worry but the last little bit in the article is a concern. Is Harrison's body starting to fail him? He is at the right age when that happens and his bull rush style hasn't helped.

SteelCrazy
06-07-2012, 05:23 PM
That last part is the main reason I posted this article........definitely a concern.

Crash
06-07-2012, 05:51 PM
In what can be interpreted as another visible manifestation of his aversion to change, Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/org/06dcf182dc6e4b92bc02bb0b0592233d)quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://www.planetsteelers.com/search/person/6106a88451b04facb513250fe52d65e6) wore a No. 78 jersey for the team's final offseason training activity on Thursday.

Um, no, he did it as a tribute, as he did when Starks was cut.

Just like when he wore a #16 logo on his helmet when Batch was lost for the season in 2008.

He (and Justin Hartwig) grew a friggin' mustache when it was announced that Ken Anderson was going to retire, and he wore a #14 jersey in practice that week.

It's called being a leader and loyal teammate.

DukieBoy
06-07-2012, 06:22 PM
"In what can be interpreted ..." is what I interpret to be a way to suggest something without taking any responsibility for it, soft cowardly writing ... let's see if we can pile on and stir it up some more - that kind of writing, shallow and uninformed.

Ben's interview in Steelers.com is excellent all around, very positive; and not a shred of "pink slime" for Florio to drool over.

Crash
06-07-2012, 06:35 PM
Just like Kaboly when he tweeted that Ben has "missed" 3 of the 8 OTA's.

Then he cleaned it up in print by saying he either sat out or wasn't there for 3 of the 8.

Two of them, he was watching the offense with Haley, but he didn't throw.

He was only absent ONE DAY out of the 8.

I honestly don't know how he puts up with them.

SteelCrazy
06-07-2012, 09:24 PM
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No concerns about Harrison missing OTAs

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June 07, 2012 6:01 p.m. - by Chris Adamski

LB coach Keith Butler is not alarmed by Pro Bowl LB James Harrison (http://www.planetsteelers.com/nfl/players/playerpage/303162/james-harrison)'s absence from OTAs, saying Harrison will participate in minicamp next week. "James had a little fluid on his knee," Butler said. "We are not winning the world championship right now. We are going to win it when
we go to training camp. We want him there for training camp and when we play on Sundays."

Sugar
06-07-2012, 09:37 PM
Did anyone really doubt that he would or that he really had a choice. Change is hard but it also can be a great stimulator for complacency. Our offense under Arians was never going to get any better. Change was necessary and Haley seems to be leading it the right way.

I slightly disagree here. IMO, even if Arians were still here I think the O would be better due to better OL players. They had musical chairs going on for much of the season on the OL with a group that wasn't largely that great to begin with. IF they can be somewhat healthy, getting Colon to G and adding DeCastro and Adams to Pouncey and Gilbert makes a huge difference.

Flasteel
06-07-2012, 11:30 PM
I love the tribute to Starks. That is the kind of stuff that defines leadership in my book and it goes a long way in getting guys to run through walls for you.

hawaiiansteel
06-08-2012, 12:37 AM
Big Ben slowly picking up new offense

UPDATED JUN 7, 2012
Associated Press

In what can be interpreted as another visible manifestation of his aversion to change, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wore a No. 78 jersey for the team's final offseason training activity on Thursday.

Roethlisberger said he eschewed his regular No. 7 ''in honor of'' former Steelers left tackle Max Starks, who tore a knee ligament during the January playoff loss in Denver and remains unsigned. It's the second consecutive season Roethlisberger made such a public suggestion to the organization to bring back his teammate and friend.

Such a move is not unlike the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback's subtle references in recent weeks on adapting to a new offense. Roethlisberger has repeatedly made it clear he was apprehensive about the transition from former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians a close friend to that of Todd Haley, former coach of the Chiefs.

As he walked off Heinz Field wearing the old and tattered jersey Thursday, Roethlisberger said he and the rest of the offense have ''made progress'' digesting the new terminology.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/ar...fense/10964384 (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/big_ben_slowly_picking_up_new_offense/10964384)