Landry Jones: Not ready to rule Ben Roethlisberger out

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With Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger recovering from yesterday’s knee surgery to clean up a meniscus problem, it’s up to backup Landry Jones to handle things this week against the Patriots.

Unless it isn’t.

Via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jones said that he wasn’t ready to rule Roethlisberger out of their final game before the bye week.

“Philip Rivers did it, didn’t he?” Jones said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

There is a bit of a difference between Rivers coming back in 2008 for the AFC Championship Game and Roethlisberger playing a game in the middle of the regular season. And because of that (and the upcoming week off) no one really expects Roethlisberger to play this week.

That leaves it with Jones, who has had some good moments in relief, but whose track record is frankly a little spotty. And the offensive talent around him understands they have to do their part to keep things moving.

“We have to get Landry confidence,” running back Le’Veon Bell said. “When he’s confident, he’s made some plays. And when he has some pep in his step, he can strike. Ben’s been a starter for a long time at a high level. We just have to get him to the point where he’s real confident and he feels like he can do no wrong and feels like he can strike.

“We don’t want him to be too tense and thinking about too much at once. We want him to be confident and go out there and make some plays. He came in during the Arizona game and was striking. That was a big pickup for him. We have to do things he’s comfortable with. And obviously I have to help make plays and keep pressure off his back by running the ball well.”

Of course, if Roethlisberger makes a miraculous recovery, it will all be a moot point. But this isn’t the playoffs, no matter how big a game against the Patriots might seem.

26 responses to “Landry Jones: Not ready to rule Ben Roethlisberger out

  1. Bell needs to go off this week if the Steelers are going to have a chance.
    Still not sold on the Pats though. The Cards and Bengals are clearly not the teams they were last year. However if they rack up the next three they may go undefeated the rest of the way and can waltz to the AFCCG.

  2. Your right about one thing, its going to be a good game. And one of these teams is going to be in the Super Bowl. too bad it’s not yours..^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  3. I’m sure he does want to play. The cameras are rolling so can’t pass up an opportunity to embellish it!

    🙂

  4. My advice to him would be not to try and play Bill Belichick at the “will he or won’t he play?” mind games

    BB has been playing it a lot longer and is the master at it.

    The Pats will plan for both QB’s anyway, so whoever starts will have a ready made game plan waiting for them.

    I suspect if its Jones starting the Pats will look to take away Bell and make Jones beat them with his arm. You figure that if Tannehill and Ajayi can put up 30 on the Steelers then Jones is going to need to put up a similar amount of points to stand any realistic chance here.

  5. Smoke screen.

    It would be foolish to play him. I expect Pittsburgh to play well at home. Should be a good game.

    Now, let’s talk about the important stuff…..Will the headsets go out on the sidelines? Get your popcorn ready.

  6. HankTheDog says:
    Oct 18, 2016 8:57 AM
    Playing the Pats IS Pitt’s Super Bowl, because they certainly ain’t making the real one!
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    Is the goal just to to get there or actually win the game?

    The patsies are 2 for 4 in super bowl games since Big Ben has entered the league and the Steelers are 2 for 3, So who has been better since the big guy has been in the nfl?

  7. It just sounds like an amateur attempt to create a smoke screen so the Pats game plan for Ben and get a diff. kind of game plan. Silly. Don’t they know Bill plays chess while Tomlin plays checkers? He’s already 3 steps ahead of landry.

  8. jjackwagon says:
    Oct 18, 2016 8:49 AM
    Bell needs to go off this week if the Steelers are going to have a chance.
    Still not sold on the Pats though. The Cards and Bengals are clearly not the teams they were last year. However if they rack up the next three they may go undefeated the rest of the way and can waltz to the AFCCG.

    Steeler fans are funny!

  9. Oh the drama, will Ben play, or will he rest, ……
    I’m sure we will have 3 to 4 reports daily; just like the Dez reporting for the past 4 weeks.

  10. sportzfan says:
    Oct 18, 2016 10:14 AM
    It just sounds like an amateur attempt to create a smoke screen so the Pats game plan for Ben and get a diff. kind of game plan. Silly. Don’t they know Bill plays chess while Tomlin plays checkers? He’s already 3 steps ahead of landry.
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    Correction, Belichick cheats at chess while Tomlin plays checkers.

    Jones is awful. They’d be way better off going with Mettenberger.

  11. Meh,

    Landry Jones is just doing what the coach told him too. Its not going to fool anyone, Big Ben ain’t playing, but it can’t hurt to try to put some doubt in an opponents mind, as little chance of that working there is,

    I don’t know why anyone would jump on jones for this.

    The bottom line is the steelers are 2-8 against the pats when brady is the starting QB. The odds for the steelers are certainly better with a healthy Big Ben behind center but only the most rabid steelers fan could feel any confidence about the steelers beating the pats no matter who their QB is.

    Its just a matter of fact that some team’s are a bad match up for other teams. The pats certainly have problems with teams like denver and the giants. The steelers best hope for getting to the SB is to somehow be able to avoid playing the pats.

  12. Hate to say it as a Steeler fan, but I see nothing that indicates to me that Pittsburgh has any appreciable advantage in any phase of the game this weekend vs. the Pats. I hate, I mean HATE the Pats and their insufferable fan base, but they are damn good. They will need to lay a Steeler-esque vs. Eagles egg for the Steelers to win this game…..I hate to say it!

  13. Agree with dimi1919 and ampatsisahypocrite.

    I would rather see Mettenberger play than Jones. However apparently Pittsburgh has a difficult offense to learn. Even the veteran Michael Vick after 4 weeks did not know the playbook well. Teams like Cleveland can pick up a quarterback and he starts the next week. Mettenberger has been on the team since the last preseason game (in which he had no snaps). It would seem he should know a fair percentage of the playbook.

    People may forget he was a started at Tennessee for a season and as I remember he did fairly well. How is he not better than Jones? I am sure Jones knows the playbook better but can be execute? I am doubtful. The only hope is that he (Jones) does play slightly better at home than on the road.

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