Myles Garrett stands by draft-day comments about Ben Roethlisberger

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Myles Garrett is coming for Ben Roethlisberger. Still.

The Browns defensive end said Wednesday he stands by his draft-day comments when he said “Big Ben is a Super Bowl winner, and I heard he’s hard to take down. So, I’m coming for him first, (to) chop him down.”

I stand by it,” Garrett said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “You shouldn’t be scared to take anybody down. It’s the whole defense against their offense. I’m not going to be alone in this.”

The No. 1 overall pick has studied Roethlisberger enough to know the Steelers quarterback lives up to his Big Ben nickname. Roethlisberger stands 6 foot 5 and weighs 240 pounds. Garrett stands 6-4 and weighs 272.

“He is no small fella,” Garrett said. “It is going to be pretty tough. You have to make sure that you wrap up and make sure that you try to get the ball out. There are times when he is a little bit loose with it so if you are trying to get him down, just try to take the ball out when you are doing it.”

Roethlisberger responded to Garrett’s remarks during the spring, saying, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “I was talking to [center Maurkice Pouncey] after Garrett called me out. Pounce got a big kick out of it. All of my linemen enjoyed hearing it. They can’t wait to get started. I can’t, either.”

14 responses to “Myles Garrett stands by draft-day comments about Ben Roethlisberger

  1. I don’t see what Garrett said as a calling out of Ben. It’s a compliment. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best. He wants to sack who he believes is the hardest quarterback in the league to sack. Ben needs a thicker skin.

  2. Ben is just not that bright. It was clear he mentioned Big Ben specifically because they played the Steelers on week 1. Since he was drafted almost entirely on the premise of being able to get to a quarterback what else is he expected to say? “I don’t want to face the terror that is Big Ben. I hope he retires or something before week 1. It’s my only chance to do anything.” Just nonsense.

  3. Hey “TheDPR” explain how this comment of Roethlisberger’s indicates he needs to have a “thicker skin.”

    “I was talking to [center Maurkice Pouncey] after Garrett called me out. Pounce got a big kick out of it. All of my linemen enjoyed hearing it. They can’t wait to get started. I can’t, either.”

    Go ahead. Explain.

  4. Non-story. So a defensive lineman says he wants to sack the opposing QB. Should Garrett say “never mind, I don’t want to sack him”? I would hope he stands by it. And no, he didn’t call out Ben.

  5. Actually Ben has lost some weight the last 2-3 years if you’ve seen a recent picture of him, as his offensive line has gotten better. When he was getting sacked 47 times a year I think Pittsburgh actually WANTED him bigger, just to be better able to take the beating. The last few years of O line improvements have been his best years at not getting sacked though, so yeah he really has lost a little weight.

    He still carries around a bunch of trolls though :p

    Go Steelers!

  6. How’s he gonna chop Big Ben down when he can’t even get on the field? A lot of talk for a guy who has not done a thing yet in the league. Shut up and learn young-in!

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