Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/1/12
The Pittsburgh Steelers are regular participants in the championship rounds in January. However, Ben Roethlisberger knows the lay of the land, and understands that is how a team is playing late in the year as the most important factor. It’s been tough sledding for the Steelers, who are banged up but still battling. Roethlisberger spoke to Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio and talked about the importance of being hot late, and his view on Todd Haley’s offense so far. “I’ve always said that it’s about when you get hot. You have to get hot late in the year. It doesn’t do you any good to be hot in the beginning of the year, unless you can sustain it. And even when you sustain it, you gotta get into the playoffs and keep playing at a high level. Our first Super Bowl run, kinda the same thing — we got lucky late, got into the playoffs as the wild-card team and just was playing really good football all the way through. That’s what it’s about, and that’s kinda when I had a talk with the offense a couple weeks ago, I said, ‘Listen guys, we’ve got a lot of football left to play. Let’s get hot at the right time and just take it one week at a time and just get one win.’ And we’ve done that two weeks in a row, and we’re going to go for that this week — just get one win.” On Haley’s system: “We’re doing some pretty good things. Obviously we’re not there yet. I don’t think anybody on our team would tell you that we’re to the place we want to be yet, but we’re getting there. We’re making strides towards being better and getting better and learning. Every week, as you know, in this league, you put in new plays, you do new things and you learn. And I think that Coach Haley has really opened up to accepting changes from us, and us accepting changes from him. So it’s been a great working relationship between all of us. And the biggest thing for us is possessing the ball, converting third downs, not turning it over and scoring as much as we can.” “Probably 97 percent of it changed. I laugh and I joke with some of the other media — a curl is a curl route. You can’t call a curl much different. Some things stayed the same, but for the most part everything changed. I think the hardest part — the trickiest part, I should say — is when something from the old system was called one way and it’s the exact same route or protection and called something completely different. That was the trickiest part.” var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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