‘Big Ben’ reveals he struggled after coming back from injuries.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has revealed he lost trust in himself after coming back from injuries last season.
The Steelers went 1-3 last year after he made his comeback from arm and chest injuries, with late-game interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals ultimately costing Pittsburgh their play-off chances.
‘Big Ben’ has now revealed that he didn’t have the strength to make those key passes, as he struggled to trust his arm.
“Sometimes, certain passes just weren’t right. I didn’t trust myself to get enough zip on it to throw it out there. I tried to guide it too much instead of just throw it,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Roethlisberger also dismissed notions that the team is currently in the midst of a transition, with the Steelers currently dealing with changes and shifts in the roster.
Pittsburgh will see both Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis leave amongst others in the next few weeks, but their star quarterback doesn’t believe that they are in decline.
He revealed his belief that the front office will deliver in finding quality players to replace them and add to the roster, while the team as a whole will benefit from the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs last season.
“I don’t want to say it’s a transition phase because I feel like I’m still here and ready to rock and roll. I feel healthier, better. I feel like I’m in my prime and ready to play great football. And I feel that we’ve got guys around here who feel the same way,” he added.
His views echoed what general manager Kevin Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, as they both don’t see the Steelers as a team needing to be rebuilt.
Despite the changes and disruption, provided that Roethlisberger stays healthy and they can acquire a few players between now and the start of the season, the Steelers will still be contenders.