Ben Roethlisberger will continue to ‘go out and sling it’ despite 12 INTs
Ben Roethlisberger is not about to apologize for his 12 interceptions this season, insisting the onus is on him to take risks from time to time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback brushed off the notion that he ought to be more careful with the football given how he’s tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for second-most interceptions in the NFL on the season, trailing only rookie Sam Darnold, who has 14.
“I’m a quarterback that is going to go out and sling it,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan, via NFL.com. “I’m not going to worry about interceptions. I hate doing them, they bother me. But I’m going to go out and play my game and try and help us win football games. Basketball right, you miss threes. Do they stop shooting? No, because you trust yourself.”
Roethlisberger is putting up monster numbers this season, passing for 3,664 yards, second only to Matt Ryan (3,683), to go along with 24 touchdowns.
That said, Roethlisberger has five interceptions in his past two games. While the Steelers were able to overcome his three picks in a 20-16 win over the Jaguars, his two interceptions in a loss to the 24-17 loss to the Broncos on Sunday — including one in the end zone with 1:03 remaining in the game — were backbreakers.
Mike Tomlin, while bemoaning the Steelers’ minus-seven turnover ratio over the past two games, refused to place all the blame on Roethlisberger.
“Ben is just part of it. He’s not solely responsible for our inability to maintain possession of the ball,” Tomlin said, via ESPN. “… He just needs to continue to be thoughtful about the preservation of the ball, like he always is, and understand the responsibility that comes with being our signal caller. I don’t see any issues in that area. But us, collectively, need to do a better job.”
Interceptions have long been a consequence of Roethlisberger’s aggressiveness, and odds are the veteran will continue with his gunslinging ways. The hope has to be those picks don’t come at the most inopportune of times, as was the case on Sunday.