Welcome to the Ben Roethlisberger Radio Show Transcript (Volume 2, Chapter 10). Last we left our co-host, he was discussing Le’Veon Bell — for the last time ever!
This week on Roethlisberger’s weekly appearance on 93.7’s “Cook and Joe,” there was more pertinent on-field stuff to deal with. That’s because the Steelers’ last game was two days beforehand, rather than five, and also because Roethlisberger was extremely bad, then extremely good in a 20-16 win over Jacksonville.
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith came in hot. Understandable, given the way things worked out last season.
“[Smith] likes to talk out there,” Roethlisberger said. “After I threw the first pick, he came up to me and said ‘That’s one,’ and made sure that I knew what he was talking about. And the second one, same thing. He went out of his way, like he ran toward our sideline to find me. And the same thing on the third one — he just went out of his way to let me know how many interceptions they had, and how many I threw, and how bad I was.
“And I never said a word, just kind of kept going to our sideline and after we scored that third touchdown, I was holding on to that ball and I was looking for him. Wanted to let him know that I had the game ball. But I didn’t find him. Probably wasn’t the smartest move.”
Roethlisberger said Antonio Brown, in the flat, was the first option. A shovel pass to Vance McDonald was the second. Doing it himself, it seems, was the third. “I knew we had a time out, could afford to run it and so I said, ‘I’m gonna just try and get there.'”
He wasn’t sure he made it over the line before his knee touched the ground: “You never really know, right? So I knew that the ball hit the line and was kind of over the line, but you’re never really sure about the back half of your body.”
“I just told [Conner], I said, ‘Hey listen, don’t worry about [dropping a potential touchdown pass].’ I kind of joked with him, because I knew he was down. I said, ‘The two things about you dropping that big play’ — I think I was more disappointed about the fourth-down one, because that could’ve been a drive for us to keep it going — but I told him after the one up by the sideline, I said: ‘Hey, two things. One, if you’d have caught that and scored that would’ve given them a lot more time. And two, if you’d have caught it and scored, I wouldn’t have been able to score a rushing touchdown. So I appreciate it.’