Steelers notebook: Record-setting Ben not doing it alone, Tomlin says
It’s Ben being Ben — and the rest of the offense being what it wasn’t earlier in the season.
Ben Roethlisberger’s 1,127 yards passing and 14 touchdown passes the past three weeks are unmatched in Steelers history, but coach Mike Tomlin said, “It’s not a one-man show.”
The offensive line has allowed only three sacks in the past 10 quarters and, to Tomlin, “is doing a really good job of protecting and giving him time to do what he needs to do.”
A perfect 10?
Antonio Brown needs 4 yards Sunday against the New York Jets to become the first Steelers receiver with at least 1,000 yards in the first 10 games. Brown already has the most yardage (996) during that span.
Brown has 71 catches for 996 yards and eight touchdowns. To put that into perspective, consider Mike Wallace never caught more than 72 passes during any of his four Steelers seasons.
“Spectacular,” Roethlisberger said of Brown. “He’s a phenomenal football player. He works hard at it. He’s being rewarded for all his hard work.”
There’s a hidden reason the Steelers are utilizing only a few no-huddle plays each week: It might have been setting back rookie Martavis Bryant’s progression.
Bryant has five touchdown catches in the three games since offensive coordinator Todd Haley began dialing back the no-huddle.
“Maybe it allowed him to earn the trust of the quarterback and the coaches a little quicker because he had a smaller menu to draw from,” Haley said.