Haley: Ben ‘as good as anybody I’ve ever seen’
His offensive coordinator and primary receiver know just how good Ben Roethlisberger was during his 522-yard game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“He was on his game as good as anybody I’ve ever seen anybody be on their game at that position,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “The offensive line, the receivers, the tight ends and running backs, everybody played at a high level and executed. … We have the type of group that, when we do that, when we go out and execute like that, we will have good results.”
Receiver Antonio Brown said of Roethlisberger’s 40-of-49 day: “When he’s in that zone, it’s absolutely special.”
Brown said Baltimore Ravens games are like no other on the schedule.
“It’s always brutal,” he said. “You have to put the extra pads in, and you have to protect yourself at all times. It’s just that type of game.”
The Steelers are 4-5 against the Ravens since Brown was drafted in 2010, counting a 2010 playoff win.
No player has more sacks of Roethlisberger than Terrell Suggs, who has 16 1⁄2 counting the postseason.
“He’s one of the best that plays the game, and that’s rushing the passer and getting after it,” Roethlisberger said. “(He has) a high motor. (I have) a lot of respect for him, and we’ll just try to keep him off me.”
Roethlisberger hasn’t been sacked in the six quarters since Mike Adams began filling in for Marcus Gilbert (concussion) at right tackle. But Gilbert is expected to return and start Sunday night.