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Ben Roethlisberger says Carson Wentz has to learn when to get down

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Sam Acho (49) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP

There are things a younger Ben Roethlisberger wishes he’d have done differently.

But when the Steelers quarterback saw Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz leaving the pocket and taking big shots, he could only shrug, knowing it was the same kind of play he used to make.

“Well, it’s hard. Now, I understand that there’s a time and a place to sell your body out, and a time and a place to get down and get out of bounds,” Roethlisberger said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “As a young guy, though, kinda in the same shoes as Carson is now, you don’t see that; you just want to do everything you can for the team.

“You know that your guys love it when you’re selling your body to get a first down or try and get an extra yard. At some point, he’ll realize that it’s more important for him to be on the field than be injured and get that extra yard.”

Roethlisberger admitted it took time for him to learn the same lesson, but he’s 34 and Wentz is 23 so he understands the generation gap.

But because they’re of similar build and mentality, Roethlisberger knows it’s hard for Wentz to know when to say when.

“I think it’s hard to rewire him,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of his rookie. “I think you just need to constantly keep talking with him and going back and showing him those plays on tape, to just make him aware and conscious of, ‘Hey, again, as I mentioned before, I don’t need the extra yard here. It’s OK to throw the ball away. It’s OK to step out of bounds or slide.’

“Just keeping showing him over and over and over again . . . not only for his longevity, but obviously for the team, as well.”

Roethlisberger has survived to play at a high level for many years, though he rarely plays 16 games in a season (having done so just three times). Wentz has years to go to match Roethlisberger’s level, but the old Big Ben is trying to offer advice to help the kid without having to learn the hard way.

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20 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger says Carson Wentz has to learn when to get down”
  1. sportmigos says: Sep 23, 2016 11:27 AM

    no offense but we dont want carson taking advice from Bathroom Ben

  2. learysdisciples says: Sep 23, 2016 11:51 AM

    Get down or go down?

  3. weepingjebus says: Sep 23, 2016 12:11 PM

    Bee Gees music helps.

  4. accordingtoquent says: Sep 23, 2016 12:13 PM

    I like the kid, but geez, stop heaping so much praise on him. Comparisons to Roethlisberger when he’s only play 3 (1 preseason) NFL game? I think we have a legit franchise QB in this city, but ease up a bit…

  5. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 23, 2016 12:13 PM

    Did Ben also give him acting advice on how to embellish injuries when the cameras are rolling?🙂

  6. schmitty2 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:18 PM

    Ben can also teach Wentz how to overcome the amazing pain of a hangnail to lead his team to victory with a “heroic and “gutsy” performance.

  7. hawksfanallday says: Sep 23, 2016 12:22 PM

    2 rings Big Ben to you sportsmigo….

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 23, 2016 12:22 PM

    “Well, it’s hard. I understand that there’s a time and a place to sell your body out” Ben said…

    I think Ben was thinking about the girl in the rest room!

  9. harshedmellow says: Sep 23, 2016 12:27 PM

    Similar build… huh. Toto world says same height and just a 3-lb difference. My own eyeballs say different. Roth had at least 30 lbs on Wentz, for the bulk of his career at least. I’d say.

  10. harshedmellow says: Sep 23, 2016 12:33 PM

    Toto World…. too funny…. “There’s no place like TotoWorld”….

    ROTOworld.

  11. dimi1919 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:13 PM
    Did Ben also give him acting advice on how to embellish injuries when the cameras are rolling?🙂

    ——————

    No but Tom Brady gave him advice on how to crap his pants when facing Eli Manning.

  12. bathroombenlovemachine says: Sep 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    …… and the Eagles are still the only team in the NFC East that has never won a Super Bowl.

    Cowboys 5
    Giants 4
    Redskins 3
    Eagles Zero Super Bowl Wins

  13. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 23, 2016 1:12 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:18 PM
    Ben can also teach Wentz how to overcome the amazing pain of a hangnail to lead his team to victory with a “heroic and “gutsy” performance.

    —-
    And get carted off the field after a shoulder injury🙂

  14. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 23, 2016 1:15 PM

    dimi1919 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:39 PM
    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:13 PM
    Did Ben also give him acting advice on how to embellish injuries when the cameras are rolling?🙂

    ——————

    No but Tom Brady gave him advice on how to crap his pants when facing Eli Manning.

    ————-

    I get how we sensationalize the QBs in this league, but to give your comment some accuracy, you could have said Strahan, Tuck, Osi, etc….

    Not sure why Tom would crap his pants about Eli, unless it’s laughing or something trivial.

  15. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:24 PM

    dimi1919 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    No but Tom Brady gave him advice on how to crap his pants when facing Eli Manning.
    —————————

    Tom Brady plays on offense.

  16. fu44 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:13 PM

    Really? Are people really so jaded & homerish as to question Big Ben’s reputation for toughness and think it’s some kind of elaborate hoax? Ridiculous.

    To question his rapeyness or moral character, I get. His toughness, I don’t.

  17. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:56 PM

    It’s because Big Ben gets hurt a lot.

    Quarterbacks like Favre, Manning, Brady, and Rivers are what you would call tough.

  18. dimi1919 says: Sep 23, 2016 2:58 PM

    Ok how about just the Giants as a whole.

  19. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 3:35 PM

    dimi1919 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 2:58 PM

    Ok how about just the Giants as a whole.
    ———————————-

    You seem to be operating under some delusion that Brady was responsible for those 2 SB losses.

    Regardless, anyone that questions Tom Brady’s testicular fortitude is announcing that they don’t know anything about football.

  20. dimi1919 says: Sep 23, 2016 5:49 PM

    I’m pretty sure he was part of it. How many points did he score against the Giants?

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