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Ben Roethlisberger “really surprised” Browns didn’t take Carson Wentz

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes during the 1st half of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be on the opposite side of the field from Carson Wentz this weekend, which is something he expected to be the case heading into this year’s draft.

He didn’t expect to be facing Wentz when the Steelers took on the Eagles, however. Roethlisberger thought that the Browns would take Wentz with the second overall pick, but, as we’ve since learned, the Browns didn’t have him rated nearly that high.

“He’s a heady player,” Roethlisberger said on a conference call with Eagles media, via NJ.com. “He’s smart. Understands the game. Physically gifted, both with his legs and his arm. He can make all the throws. I was really surprised, I thought I would be facing him two times a year in Cleveland.”

Roethlisberger has some experience with being passed over by the Browns in the draft as he was on the board in 2004 when Cleveland opted to take tight end Kellen Winslow with the sixth overall pick. That’s something Roethlisberger used as fuel earlier in his career while it likely continues to fuel bad feelings for many Browns fans who wonder how the last decade would have turned out if Roethlisberger was their quarterback.

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33 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger “really surprised” Browns didn’t take Carson Wentz”
  1. sportmigos says: Sep 21, 2016 4:40 PM

    smh at Ben still doesn’t know his own divisional opponents after all these years.

  2. laces out says: Sep 21, 2016 4:50 PM

    He used being passed on by Cleveland as fuel? Sounds like he should be thankful

  3. mmack66 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:56 PM

    What are “all the throws”?

  4. wdpackard13 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:02 PM

    Five months ago, everyone was praising the Browns for that trade and now the tables have completely turned even though Cleveland still has a bevy of picks in 2017 coming their way from the Wentz trade. Putting Wentz on a team with no talent would have likely been a recipe for disaster. Instead he went to a team with a decent supporting cast and is performing well (even though it’s been against terrible opponents).

    This might actually turn out to be a “win-win” trade if the Browns can capitalize on the draft picks that they received.

  5. titans12thman says: Sep 21, 2016 5:10 PM

    Poor Browns fans, I’ve suffered through years of bad personnel decisions and injuries as a Titans fan (except this year)…it just seems crazy that the Browns luck is so terrible that they lose out on hall of fame coaches, franchise Quarterbacks, impact players, etc…, yet continue to overpay injury plagued, off field issue having, under performing, immature players.

    Sooner or later it’s gotta get better for you guys, I’m pulling for Cleveland to finally get out of the cellar and back to relevance.

  6. backintheday99 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:12 PM

    The Browns need a real GM. I thought he was a 6th or 7th round future practice squad player.

    Maybe Kessler becomes something but he looks like a career back-up to me. I hope I’m wrong. The NFL needs more QB’s.

  7. paulieorkid says: Sep 21, 2016 5:21 PM

    The way the Browns’ Personnel Department works, rookie quarterbacks only get selected with a premium pick – is if they get a random homeless guy to give his presonal stamp of approval to Haslim.

    Not kidding. That’s how the Clowns roll.

  8. juanweiner says: Sep 21, 2016 5:21 PM

    The Browns will always be the Browns. The Ravens used to be the Browns.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2016 5:27 PM

    The Browns have whiffed on enough 1st QB picks since returning to the league. I totally understand them trying to build a young roster and deep team, and find a QB in a year or 2.

  10. backintheday99 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:31 PM

    wdpackard13 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:02 PM
    Five months ago, everyone was praising the Browns for that trade and now the tables have completely turned even though Cleveland still has a bevy of picks in 2017 coming their way from the Wentz trade. Putting Wentz on a team with no talent would have likely been a recipe for disaster. Instead he went to a team with a decent supporting cast and is performing well (even though it’s been against terrible opponents).

    This might actually turn out to be a “win-win” trade if the Browns can capitalize on the draft picks that they received.

    ________________________________________

    While I agree on the possibility of win/win, Cleveland has as good an Oline as Philly. Both have HOF LT’s just to start with. I don’t think Wentz would have been ‘Tim Couched’ or ‘David Carred’. He might have been perfect for Cleveland, him being a cold weather, tough enough guy.

    I think the Browns would have been fine to roll the dice because they were not LOSING draft picks like the Rams and Eagles which if the QB busts, it is a double whammy.

  11. cobrala2 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:36 PM

    A TE at 6?
    Well, I guess that makes sense… He was a soldier after all. 😂

  12. sgtr0c says: Sep 21, 2016 5:41 PM

    In 2017, the Eagles give the Browns their 1st round pick, Browns give their 4 round pick to Eagles (Eagles get the Vikings 1st round pick).

    In 2018, the Eagles give the Browns their 2nd round pick (Eagles get 4th round picks from Patriots and Vikings).

    I do not know of any “bevy of picks” coming the Browns way. They used most of the traded picks this year and produced 0-2, and are now onto third string qb. I would much rather be with the Eagles on this trade.

  13. genericcommenter says: Sep 21, 2016 5:52 PM

    ” as we’ve since learned, the Browns didn’t have him rated nearly that high.”

    If you were paying attention that (and all the rationale behind the trade) was reported before the draft. It’s not a recent revelation.

  14. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 21, 2016 6:00 PM

    “He’s smart. Understands the game. Physically gifted, both with his legs and his arm. He can make all the throws.

    That explains why Cleveland didn’t take him–because he’s smart. He wouldn’t have fit in with the Browns.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 21, 2016 6:14 PM

    A lot of people were really surprised you lost to Tim Tebow in the playoffs Ben. Why should we care about your surprise?

  16. cromagarmy76 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:16 PM

    backintheday99 says:
    Sep 21, 2016

    While I agree on the possibility of win/win, Cleveland has as good an Oline as Philly. Both have HOF LT’s just to start with. I don’t think Wentz would have been ‘Tim Couched’ or ‘David Carred’. He might have been perfect for Cleveland, him being a cold weather, tough enough guy.

    I think the Browns would have been fine to roll the dice because they were not LOSING draft picks like the Rams and Eagles which if the QB busts, it is a double whammy.
    ________________________________________

    Jason Peters is very good, but definitely not a HOF LT.

    -Eagles fan

  17. belligerentbuc says: Sep 21, 2016 6:22 PM

    The Browns, they have a special way to judge talent.

    Carson Wentz did not fit the bill at qb.

    He just didn’t have enough baggage, was accurate, and not a complete reach at qb or a super long project.

    If they did the opposite, it just may work!

  18. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    sgtr0c says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:41 PM
    I do not know of any “bevy of picks” coming the Browns way. They used most of the traded picks this year and produced 0-2, and are now onto third string qb. I would much rather be with the Eagles on this trade.
    ________

    You’re not suppose to judge a draft pick til after 2-3 seasons here you are judging them after 2 games. Sure right now the Eagles are having the benefit of a yougn QB playing, but he was playing lower tier NFL teams, we will learn a lot from him, and not that he won’t continue to succeed but the excitement, and overreactions for the first 6 weeks of the season.

  19. dawgzzxx says: Sep 21, 2016 6:40 PM

    Remember…Hue Jackson said Carson Wentz was NOT a good fit for the Cleveland Browns, but Robert Griffin III was…

    The COACHES that thought Carson Wentz was great fit for the Browns…ALL WERE FIRED.
    The SADNESS continues…

  20. amanistumor says: Sep 21, 2016 6:45 PM

    On the subject of surprise… I wouldn’t totally be if the Eagles actually beat the Steelers.

    I’ll double down on that with Vikings upsetting the Camthers.

  21. notjohnfrusciante says: Sep 21, 2016 7:10 PM

    paulieorkid
    Sep 21, 2016, 4:21 PM CDT
    The way the Browns’ Personnel Department works, rookie quarterbacks only get selected with a premium pick – is if they get a random homeless guy to give his presonal stamp of approval to Haslim.

    Not kidding. That’s how the Clowns roll.

    ———————————————————————————–

    Unless you’re Tim Couch.

  22. baddawg02 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:27 PM

    Yeah pats fan, I was really surprised your team lost to no only jumpball and noodle arm manning . Really surprised.

  23. dumbpeopleshouldntbeallowedtocomment says: Sep 21, 2016 7:36 PM

    In 2017, the Eagles give the Browns their 1st round pick, Browns give their 4 round pick to Eagles (Eagles get the Vikings 1st round pick).

    In 2018, the Eagles give the Browns their 2nd round pick (Eagles get 4th round picks from Patriots and Vikings).

    I do not know of any “bevy of picks” coming the Browns way. They used most of the traded picks this year and produced 0-2, and are now onto third string qb. I would much rather be with the Eagles on this trade.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    *********************************************
    Browns have:
    2 first round picks next 2017
    2 first round picks in 2018
    2 second round picks in 2017
    2 second round picks in 2018
    2 third round picks in 2017
    2 third round picks in 2018
    2 fourth round picks in 2017
    2 fourth round picks in 2018

    Plus many more picks in rounds 5-7

    Thats essentially twice as many top picks as all other teams for the next two drafts.

    If that’s not a “bevy” I don’t know what is, ya dummmy.

  24. backintheday99 says: Sep 21, 2016 8:05 PM

    Will all those picks, the Browns still don’t have a bona fide QB.

    Only 20 QB’s in the league can take a team to the SB. The Patriots have 2 of them. (Not a Pats fan but they can win it all with a healthy JG).

    That leaves about 55 QB’s that leave something to be desired.

    When a top flight QB gets on your radar and you are not losing draft picks, you draft him and hope he becomes one of the 20.

  25. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 21, 2016 10:12 PM

    Ben should just shut up. The only talking he should be doing is confessing to the police.

  26. steelersnowand4ever says: Sep 22, 2016 8:54 AM

    juanweiner says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:21 PM

    The Browns will always be the Browns. The Ravens used to be the Browns.

    Big difference here. At least the Ravens have figured out how to put a winning team on the field.

  27. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 22, 2016 10:26 AM

    Eagle fans have got to be the most irrational fans in sports. YOU BEAT THE BROWNS AND THE BEARS! Let not pretend like Wentz is a world beater. When he gets f’ed up this weekend what will the eagles do? Chase Daniels? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

  28. troy43mvp says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    There are two things that will allow a young strong qb to have success. A strong defense and a great offensive line (which will also open up the run). I think that’s the foundation Cleveland is trying to build. There has been talent drafted by Cle. It’s just never been developed.

  29. swagger52 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    The Browns are really surprised that Ben wasn’t wearing a motorcycle helmet.

  30. bucandball says: Sep 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    I don’t think Ben would have led the Browns to glory. It’s not like the only difference between the 2 franchises is the QB. The Steelers have one of the best, if not the best, organizations in the NFL. The Browns organization makes even my Bucs look good. Nevertheless I would love to see the Browns rise up and compete. Their fans have been through enough.

  31. opiedamus says: Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM

    “bevy” of picks didn’t come from Philly. They may have a “bevy” of picks though

  32. beanocook says: Sep 25, 2016 11:02 PM

    The baseball guy DePodesta is going to ruin the Browns.

  33. breadmeatcheese says: Sep 27, 2016 9:38 AM

    “Nevertheless i would love to see the Browns rise up and compete. their fans have been through enough.”

    no, actually their continued financial support of the organization makes them part of the problem. just like cubs fans, they do it to themselves. that’s why it hurts.

    fans should let the stadiums remain completely empty. crickets.

    unfortunately, sometimes the familiarity of losing is comforting, and that is all most people want it seems.

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