Ben Roethlisberger blames mechanics issues on injured elbow
Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying a relatively good start, statistically speaking, to the 2018 NFL season. However, he seen some inconsistency on some of his passes, particularly on longer throws.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback admitted on Tuesday that an elbow injury suffered in Week 1 has caused some issues with his mechanics, causing a lack of precision and accuracy in the deep passing game.
“No, it’s fine,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Steelers Depot. “Remember, I got hit in the Cleveland game and just had that. So, we’ve been dealing with it, but it’s just something that I need to mentally get over in terms of with my throwing motion, you know. I got to keep that arm high to keep the ball driving instead of sailing. That’s all.”
As noted by Roethlisberger, the elbow injury originally occurred during the Steelers’ 21-21 overtime tie with the Browns in Week 1. The Steelers veteran signal-caller struggled mightily in that game, going 23-of-41 passing for 335 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
In Sunday’s 41-17 throttling of the Atlanta Falcons, Roethlisberger looked sharp in the second half after putting up a middling performance in the first half, completing 10-of-12 passes for 155 yards with two touchdowns after halftime.
“You know, honestly, it was just dealing with a little bit of an elbow issue and it made me drop my elbow,” Roethlisberger said. “A little bit for a comfort factor, which caused the ball to sail. I know we talked about it on this show before, when your arm drops a little bit, the ball tends to sail. And so, in the second half I just kind of came out and I kind of had a talk with myself and said I got to suck it up and deliver the ball the way I need to, and I need to play better. And so just kind of forced my way through it.”
Roetlhisberger is leading the AFC in passing yards, so as has often been the case throughout his career, Roetlhisberger again is simply gutting it out despite not being 100 percent healthy.