Big Ben earns rave reviews from teammates

November, 18, 2013
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PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger has repeatedly -- and vehemently -- said he no desire for the Steelers to trade him.

It sounds like Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery wouldn’t trade Roethlisberger for any other quarterback in the NFL.

“I came here to play with him,” said Cotchery, who signed with the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. “He’s a top-flight quarterback and people are going to have to respect it sooner or later.

“He doesn’t get all the attention the other guys get but the amount of passing yards, the amount of touchdowns he’s put up over the years in cold-weather city it speaks volumes about what type of quarterback he is. It’s just blast to be able to play with him.”

His teammates couldn’t say enough about Roethlisberger after he threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the Steelers’ 37-27 win over the Lions. Just as key as his timely passing was the way Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley collaborated before and during the game.

Roethlisberger called the majority of the plays while running the no-huddle offense, but he also gave plenty of credit to his supporting cast afterward.

“On the sidelines I’m talking to all of the receivers, running backs, tight ends, coach Haley (quarterbacks) coach (Randy) Fichtner, all of the coaches,” Roethlisberger said. “We are trying to brainstorm so they can prepare me when I’m on the field to call the best play possible.”

The veteran quarterback called the right one more often than not.

“He put us in good situations,” tight end Heath Miller said. “He had a good feel for what they were trying to do. He called most of the game.”

Roethlisberger also dominated it.

And his play dominated talk in the locker room after the Steelers improved to 4-6.

“Seven is seven,” wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “He’s always amazing. He’s always rallying the troops, no matter if we’re down or we’re up. He’s always positive.”

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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