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Ben Roethlisberger won’t be taking Ryan Clark’s advice

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Over the weekend, Steelers safety Ryan Clark said during an appearance on ESPN that he thought quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to alter his approach to the game because the team couldn’t afford the sacks and turnovers that can come when Roethlisberger tries to extend plays.

Clark was asked about the comments on Wednesday and made it clear that he wasn’t saying Roethlisberger alone was the reason why the team has lost its first four games. He also made it clear that the quarterback has to be part of the solution as well.

“We need to protect Ben. Defensively, we need to make plays so Ben doesn’t feel like he has to do everything. Offensively, we need to protect him so he can get the ball out. The receivers need to get open. The running backs need to run the ball,” Clark said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But in that as well, he needs to understand that, as constructed right now, we aren’t playing well enough as a team to where we can take sacks and have turnovers. That’s a team solution, but the quarterback has to spearhead it.”

Anyone who has watched Roethlisberger over the years knows that his ability to maneuver and extend plays has kept him from being sacked a lot more often than he would have been if he was less adept at keeping plays going. Changing something so crucial to his success over the years isn’t in the cards, though. Roethlisberger said it was fine that Clark felt that way, but that he felt differently.

“It is what it is. I’m just going to play the game the way that I play it and try not to turn it over,” Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers resume their quest for win No. 1 on Sunday against the Jets.

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57 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger won’t be taking Ryan Clark’s advice”
  1. purple28mvp says: Oct 10, 2013 11:31 AM

    Love that pic

  2. originalsteelcurtain says: Oct 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    Ryan Clark needs to stop auditioning for a job at ESPN and concentrate on getting the most out of his lost-a-step body.
    Former solid player who has noticeably slipped this year…needs to shut his yap.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 10, 2013 11:33 AM

    The last place, winless Steelers have a long ways to go before they become a viable team.

  4. steelerstrong says: Oct 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    With all due respect, Clark should be more worried about taking the proper angle to make an open field tackle than telling one of the best QB’s in the league to play ordinary.

  5. therealbillybuffalo says: Oct 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    Going by wins this season, the Bills are better than the Steelers. Welcome to the bottom of the league Pittsburgh.

  6. steelerchicken says: Oct 10, 2013 11:40 AM

    Ryan Clark needs to keep his mouth shut! Plus, I would rather see him gone!

  7. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 10, 2013 11:42 AM

    Dammit Ryan shut up and catch an interception. Ben is playing just fine, maybe if he had a short field or a lead every once in a while he wouldnt have to do it all himself.

  8. citizenstrange says: Oct 10, 2013 11:46 AM

    The way Roethlisberger plays the game is to:

    1) Have the Steeler defense hold the other team to nine points or less.

    2) “Extend” plays to the tune of two field goals per game.

    3) Have the Steeler defense score a defensive touchdown.

    No of course with the way Big Ben directly hands the other team defensive scores with his fumbles and interceptions even this formula is not 100% guaranteed to get a win.

  9. justintuckrule says: Oct 10, 2013 11:56 AM

    Sounds like the same problems plaguing my team.

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:07 PM

    Ryan Clark needs to stop acting like ESPN pays him by the word.
    He also said last week that the Browns will be easier to beat with Brandon Weeden as their quarterback. Players on 0-4 teams should be seen but not heard.
    As for Roethlisberger changing his style: When a quarterback is unable to recognize or read defenses, his options are limited.

  11. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    Don’t like Big Ben. His reply was spot on however and if Clark has a suggestion like this, don’t make it public. It just ends up sounding like another ‘look at me’ grab by Clark.

  12. fancyleague says: Oct 10, 2013 12:12 PM

    Anyone who has watched Roethlisberger over the years knows that he holds onto the ball too long and often scrambles into pressure. He also cannot throw a screen pass to a running back.

  13. dolfan19 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:14 PM

    Is it just me, or does a Ryan Clark talk too much?

  14. blacknyellablacknyella says: Oct 10, 2013 12:20 PM

    Clark just got demoted to watching Shmarko Thomas play. He needs to focus more on his poor play. Ben is the only player keeping the Steelers in these games. No running game, All-Pro center out, worst left tackle in football, no pass blocking, no Heath for the first month, no deep threat, average/under-sized receivers . . . I think this may be some of the best football he’s ever played.

  15. steelerfanjo says: Oct 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    Ryan Clark is 100% correct. Plus the Steelers must fire Todd Haley soon. Ben needs to throw the damn ball.

  16. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 10, 2013 12:54 PM

    there should be some type of rule where you are not allowed to have an article written about u on PFT until u win a game

  17. stlluna7 says: Oct 10, 2013 1:01 PM

    Ben is quickly becoming his own best fan. Stubborn, rich and now arrogant. This is the sad precursor towards mediocrity as he backs into the hall of fame.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 10, 2013 1:02 PM

    “It is what it is. I’m just going to play the game the way that I play it”

    YAY!
    –every Ravens’ fan

  19. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 10, 2013 1:05 PM

    As a steeler fan. I can’t wait til Clark is gone! He is seriously annoying. Wasn’t bad when he was playing good. But now he’s terrible and slow. When your mouth is bigger than your play its time to go! Don’t let the doorknob hit ya where the good lord split ya ryan!

  20. southcarolinamike says: Oct 10, 2013 1:05 PM

    steelerfanjo,
    I’m not sure what you want. Ben threw for 400 yards in the game before last. He only threw for 400+ yards in 4 other games in his career. He put up good yards last game. The problem with putting Ben back to throw is he is a turnover waiting to happen back there. He never learns from his mistakes and has always had a lot of turnovers for a guy on a winning team. There are parts of Haley’s offense I don’t like, ,but in general, nobody is going to win with a QB who turns it over as much as Ben. The first thing to happen is Ben needs to stop with the turnovers. If he can’t stop with the turnovers, then they need another QB. Turnovers count more than yards.

  21. lemonhead7 says: Oct 10, 2013 1:10 PM

    I’ve been a long time Ryan Clark fan, however his comments are becoming tiresome. Especially since he’s underperformed thus far this season. Quit making film for ESPN and take that time to go study some instead.

  22. lawyermalloy says: Oct 10, 2013 1:16 PM

    Getting rid of Todd Haley and the offense that his quarterback hates, would be a good start to rebuilding.

  23. dagrizzman says: Oct 10, 2013 1:19 PM

    I’m not making excuses for Ben,He’s been careless with the ball but only trying to make plays with no protection at all.Ryan Clark ought to shut his mouth and concentrate on learning how to tackle! Yo never hear his name or Ike Taylor’s anymore unless it’s pass interference. If Ben played behind the Bronco’s line he’d have similar stats. Clark ought to enjoy his last year with the Steelers, a major house cleaning is coming after they go 3 -13 and we get a top 4 draft pick.!

  24. finscanes says: Oct 10, 2013 1:47 PM

    I used to respect Ryan Clark as a tough player but as the posters above already pointed out he needs to stop speaking out of turn. When he stated a couple years back that “nobody wants to play for Miami” he lost my respect. Seems like many players want to play for Miami now huh Ryan? The Steelers on the other hand well….welcome to the cellar.

  25. halftermguv says: Oct 10, 2013 1:52 PM

    I would think that a strong safety on a defense whose weakest point is pass defense and has yet to record a turnover in its first four games would be smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

    Hey Ryan, Roethlisberger is behind another weak offensive line and without a go-to back to establish the run. He is easily earning his paycheck as well as Antonio Brown…how about you?

  26. it's all bs says: Oct 10, 2013 2:00 PM

    Oh Ryan what’s wrong?? Seems to me he wants to deflect onto Big Ben’s playing style to take the heat off his own INEPTNESS as a player this year!!!

  27. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    You’ll get no argument from me that Roethlisberger is playing behind a weak line. But I’ve heard this same old and stale song for 10 seasons now. They all haven’t been weak. Teams that go to three Super Bowls don’t do so with weak offensive lines. It’s just that pure and simple.
    Secondly, if you people are waiting for the Steelers’ 2008 defense to show up and win games for the quarterback, you are out of luck.
    Finally, like it or not, Roethlisberger is on borrowed time. He becomes a free agent in 2016. Do you obsessives and apologists actually believe the Rooneys are going to pay via an extension millions of more dollars to a quarterback who requires a No. 1-ranked scoring defense to succeed?
    Roethlisberger is on his out…

  28. steelerben says: Oct 10, 2013 2:37 PM

    When the team is winning, it is just Ben being Ben and everyone is laughing about it. When the team is losing Ben needs to get rid of the ball quicker.

    There are several major flaws on the team and Ben holding the ball and getting schoolyard isn’t the biggest. No real pressure or turnovers from the defense, a patchwork offensive line running a zone blocking scheme, a lack of a running game, and no big red zone targets factor in a little higher.

    Roethlisberger isn’t the quarterback for the Haley system. He isn’t the type to throw the quick passes for five and six yard plays. Bubble screens, quick slants, short outs, and touch passes aren’t his game. Bunch formations with ten to fifteen yard routes, a strong running game and uncorking the deep ball are how he makes a living. If the team wants to see more success on offense, they are going to have to figure out what philosophy they are committed to and one of them is going to have to go.

  29. enoughofthatalready says: Oct 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    No of course with the way Big Ben directly hands the other team defensive scores with his fumbles and interceptions even this formula is not 100% guaranteed to get a win.

    Yet somewhow Ben has managed to win 86 regular games and 10 playoff games in his career. Go figure.

  30. enoughofthatalready says: Oct 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    Ben is quickly becoming his own best fan. Stubborn, rich and now arrogant. This is the sad precursor towards mediocrity as he backs into the hall of fame.

    Last time I checked, there are no mediocre players in the hall of fame.

  31. enoughofthatalready says: Oct 10, 2013 2:43 PM

    This is Ryan Clark’s last year in the NFL anyway. Who cares what he has to say? He has missed more tackles and blown more coverages this year than anyone else on the defense this year, and that includes William Gay who should be demoted to waterboy immediately.

  32. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    enoughofthat:
    This season, your beloved Ben is batting a .1000: 0-4.

  33. citizenstrange says: Oct 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    Will Roethlisberger be wearing a different colored glove on his injured finger hand just so everybody’s knows he’s playing hurt?

  34. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 10, 2013 3:28 PM

    Hey ryan maybe they should send in a pastry chef to teach you guys on defense how to create turnover. :)

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 10, 2013 3:40 PM

    Finally, like it or not, Roethlisberger is on borrowed time. He becomes a free agent in 2016. Do you obsessives and apologists actually believe the Rooneys are going to pay via an extension millions of more dollars to a quarterback who requires a No. 1-ranked scoring defense to succeed?
    Roethlisberger is on his out…

    Yup Ben is on his way out and without him to bash you will be too……one can only hope you leave before Ben.

  36. scjohnny says: Oct 10, 2013 4:33 PM

    Dolfan it isn’t u he is a big mouth,if u rmember he wen’t to Miami as a Free agent with o intention of signing just to up his price when he went back to Stillers then he ba mouthed the Miami organization after…tells you everything you need to know about Ryan Clark

  37. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 10, 2013 4:44 PM

    enoughofthatalready says: Oct 10, 2013 2:39 PM

    Last time I checked, there are no mediocre players in the hall of fame.

    ——————————————————

    Does the name “Joe Namath” ring a bell?

    Look at his career stats. Barely a 50% passer. Many more INTs than TDs.

    He is in the Hall because of his SB 3 prediction and because women had the hots for him back in the day which made made guys wanna be him.

    Namath is even more overrated than Bradshaw.

    Old Baldy wouldn’t be in the Hall either if Swann & Stallworth weren’t diving all over the place trying to catch his overthrown passes. Of course, Swann & Stallworth wouldn’t be in either if Bradshaw had had better touch on his throws.

    Those guys are in the hall because they had to dive all over the place catching those bad passes. Their stats (especially Swann’s) aren’t good enough to get into the Hall, just like Namath’s…

  38. jmblosser82 says: Oct 10, 2013 4:47 PM

    Ben has been behind a crap line for 4 years now. Ben holds on to the ball because the line can’t block long enough for even a quick 6 yard pass.
    Flacco defenders want to say all the guy does is win, Ben has been on 3 SB teams with 2 trophies. 2 SB trips in his first five years, but since it’s the steelers Ben was just a there and doesn’t get credit. Flacco went to 1 SB in his first 5 years and yes he made no mistakes. Flacco lead the team to 5 straight playoffs, with little mention of the defense or running game.
    As far as Haley’s offense, Ben is doing very well, good completion %, moving the ball fairly well, but the lack of a running game prevents balance.
    The defense is spending too much time on the field, little pressure and no turnovers. They are something like 29th in rush defense but like 8th in pass defense.
    Steelers have losses to 3 teams with winning records and 1 with a losing record. There is still 3/4 of the season left with 5 division games, not holding my breath for the playoffs but they can get out of the basement.

  39. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 10, 2013 4:48 PM

    “Yup Ben is on his way out and without him to bash you will be too……one can only hope you leave before Ben.”

    Hahahaha! Nofool is now attacking even his fellow Steeler fans. What a cannibal!

    Like the basement dwelling Roethlisbooger, Haley, Tomlin, Adams, Woodley, and Clark, the fans are tearing each other apart! I wonder who will be left alive, when the Steelers are 0 and 5!

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 10, 2013 5:42 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Oct 10, 2013 4:48 PM
    “Yup Ben is on his way out and without him to bash you will be too……one can only hope you leave before Ben.”

    Hahahaha! Nofool is now attacking even his fellow Steeler fans. What a cannibal!

    Like the basement dwelling Roethlisbooger, Haley, Tomlin, Adams, Woodley, and Clark, the fans are tearing each other apart! I wonder who will be left alive, when the Steelers are 0 and 5!

    3 2 Quite the cultural quote from the pride of Baltimore the city with so much more culture it produced joeflaccomontana…..I am very impressed….nah give me the simple minded yinzers anyday.

  41. steelcurtainn says: Oct 10, 2013 6:23 PM

    Big Ben equals elite(with a good offensive line). He still has more superbowl wins than (Fluke o) will ever achieve. Eat it, haters!!!

  42. steelcurtainn says: Oct 10, 2013 6:30 PM

    “Teams that go to three Super Bowls don’t do so with weak offensive lines. It’s just that pure and simple.”

    Teams also don’t go to three Super Bowls without a GOOD QUARTERBACK. Its just that pure and simple.

  43. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 10, 2013 7:23 PM

    Curtainn:
    BINGO!!!
    Roethlisberger has been a “good quarterback.”
    But he is neither great, nor is he elite.
    This season, he’s been awful.
    It’s just that simple.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 10, 2013 8:03 PM

    bobzilla1001 | Oct 10, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT
    Curtainn:
    BINGO!!!
    Roethlisberger has been a “good quarterback.”
    But he is neither great, nor is he elite.
    This season, he’s been awful.
    It’s just that simple.

    Mi guess Bens performance echoes your unbiased evaluation of his “awful” performance. Grow up dude you hate all things Ben……we all got that. Your Daily rants are matching the trolls (joeflaccomontana ‘s ) in being ego centric and very repetitive. Get a new hobby…try women’s rights.

  45. multiplemiggs says: Oct 10, 2013 8:04 PM

    The Jets are God’s team.

  46. jmblosser82 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:08 PM

    Bobzilla, if Ben is awful this year then Flacco is worse, Ben has better stats overall. Again I forget that’s all forgotten because the ravens are 3-2 and the steelers are not.
    Ben is just not a good QB, I would say closer to great but not elite by any means. This downward spiral will end when the turnovers stop.

  47. koenig61 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:26 PM

    Bobzilla I understand that you are a steeler fan, and based on your comments it’s obvious you know your steeler history, however it’s my opinion that your opinion of Ben does not speak for 75% of the steeler fan base. You speak as though everyone in Pittsburgh idolizes Ben. While there are some who do, most don’t idolize him, they just respect his age and his effort on the field. They are just practical and they see what he brings to the team. If you don’t want to call him great or elite that’s fine. That’s your opinion. But I’ll take the word of knowledgeable analysts over the word of a knowledgeable fan such as yourself. Bill Polian has been around the NFL for quite some time and has seen his share of a quarterback play both good and bad over the years. After the Vikings game Polian said. “Ben avoided or shrugged off at least four sacks. He made plays down the field that were unbelievable. He was under duress all night from snap one.” Despite being sacked five times in the game, Roethlisberger completed 36-of-51 passes in the game for 383 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he had the offense just six yards away from tying the game with 19 seconds left before succumbing to the final sack”. Watch the game again bobzilla and tell me the offensive line didn’t allow defenders in the backfield all game and usually before Ben had taken two steps. Theo line made Jared Allen look like he was 10 years younger. I’m not denying there are some fans who think Ben walks on water. I’m not one of those fans. I think Ben is unique in his own way and despite his faults he is a great QB. MAYBE not in the same way YOU quantify a great QB , such as Peyton, Brady, Rodgers etc. but none the less a great QB. Most of the time I sit here and let your comments go by, but I’m quite sick of your arrogance as if you’re the only expert on the steelers. As I said I’ll trust in the analysis of real NFL experts, over the expert analysis of a jaded fan who dislikes Ben. Your view is distorted and prejudicial due to the fact you dislike Ben. You are a huge steeler fan, but you have blinders on. The people who dislike the steelers always put thumbs up your posts, because of how you put down Ben, so don’t mistake those thumbs up to mean that other steeler fans agree with you.

  48. koenig61 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:29 PM

    In above post I meant to say ‘ steeler fans respect bens GAME not ‘AGE ‘. using cell phone to post

  49. steelcurtainn says: Oct 10, 2013 11:59 PM

    bzilla
    To me, Big Ben has been playing sub-par. Its not surprising, considering the steelers have the worse offensive line in the division AGAIN(If not nfl). ……Big Bens played in one less game and still has put up better numbers then his peers (don’t care, if he was behind in most them games). If you call Big Ben awful, That means Fluko and Dalton must be atrocious.

  50. 4ever19 says: Oct 11, 2013 8:14 AM

    Jets vs. Steelers. Here’s hoping both teams lose.

  51. southcarolinamike says: Oct 11, 2013 10:16 AM

    steelcurtainn,
    I’m a Ben fan, but Bobzilla is absolutely correct in saying he has been awful. NFL games are won and lost on scoring off of turnovers. Ben is a turnover waiting to happen this season and is directly contributing to the losing more than any other player on the team. I really don’t care what Flacco and Dalton are doing. Ben has been awful this season and is not worth the money they are paying him. He needs to get interested in his job again or move on to the next phase in his life so the Steelers can move on as well.

  52. steelcurtainn says: Oct 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    southcarolina
    I agree Big Ben is not living up to his contract. He could be playing better. The quarterback has the ball in his hands every down on offense and is going to get the blunt of the blame when things don’t go right. I am not saying Big Ben is not at fault for some of the offensive problems but it doesn’t help that he is running for his life and under constant pressure practically every time he drops back to pass. Bad things are eventually going to happen and people are going to be pointing the finger only at the qb, when in fact, it should be pointed at the entire offense and not just the qb.

  53. susanscott1 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    The team is not playing as a team. The Band of Brothers myth is long busted. Ryan Clark’s bad mouthing of his QB surely doesn’t help. It’s such a shame. There are some very talented players on this team, but as long is each of them is playing like an army of one, they’ll keep losing. This points to poor coaching, lack of player leadership, and prima donna attitudes on the part of rookie and younger players. The blame rests on each member of this team. Until they come together and try to get back on the same page, they’re going to keep losing.

  54. rodh32340 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:35 PM

    Lowest rushing yardage in the NFL…no turnovers created by the DEF…Pitt is giving Jax a run for worst of the year and Tomlin needs to quit cashing his paychecks!

  55. southcarolinamike says: Oct 12, 2013 10:00 AM

    steelcurtainn,
    I agree somewhat on your follow up. First, it is a team game and there is a lot of blame to go around. I’ll give you that. However, that does not mean the blame should be distributed equally to all involved. Ben has thrown some terrible interceptions this year when not under pressure. He is not throwing the ball away and taking too many sacks with a team that is not good enough to make up for 2nd and 18. He is fumbling instead of throwing the ball away and it cost them a game. He had four turnovers in one game. He fumbles too much and fumbles are avoidable..it doesn’t take too much to put two hands on the ball. His accuracy is terrible this year and is at times not even about to keep from throwing the ball into the ground on a bubble screen….I see college kids do this, but they aren’t making $10+ million a year. He has been absolutely terrible. Yards do not equal a QB being good. Limiting turnovers makes a QB good. The Chiefs are 5-0 for a reason.

    Ben can play better and needs to play better regardless of what is going on around him. If he can’t, he needs to go.

  56. steelcurtainn says: Oct 12, 2013 11:05 AM

    I also agree with your post. Although, I do believe blame should be distributed equally. The defense has only got 4 sacks this year. Worse in the league. No Interceptions, worse in the league. On the offense side of the ball, the line has given up 15 sacks, no doubt could be more if Big Ben doesn’t get rid of the ball. We all know what Big Ben can do, he has helped bring the steelers to 3 superbowls, so he is not the problem. Although Imo, as I had mentioned, he has played subpar, the individuals around him are making him look much worse. Obviously, I believe his accuracy, as you mention, are directly related to the receivers not getting open and the oline not protecting him. You lose a guy Like Mike Wallace, then your receiver core doesn’t look as good as it once did. There is zero help from Wheaton thus far.

    However, I do agree with you Big Ben needs to find a way to get rid of the ball instead of fumbling. His problem is when he is under constant pressure, he is still trying to make something happen instead of throwing the ball away. He needs to do a better job of that instead of trying to be superman all the time. He is costing us SOME games because of it. As I mentioned before, most of the offense mess IMO can be attributed to the offensive line. Quarterbacks are going to throw picks from time to time…..No qb is perfect unless your manning this year……

    If The line gets fixed and the steelers are able to run and pass protect better, Big Ben plays better. If It doesn’t the offense continues to struggle. Good chatting with you scm…

  57. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 13, 2013 6:29 PM

    You guys are delusional if you think Big Ben is going to garner a bunch of interest.

    He’s the 25th QB in the NFL – trailing many backups – this year.

    Has been who never was.

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