Big Ben: Don't Blame Injuries

By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2007 8:53 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Pittsburgh Steelers will start the season with a new head coach and offensive coaching staff who could learn a thing or two from veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He doesn’t know why his 2006-07 season didn’t match up to expectations, but he isn’t blaming off-field struggles or injuries, as one former coach did.

"I think I just didn't play well,” Roethlisberger said simply. He said time spent with NFL Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Dan Marino gave him much-needed perspective on his statistical off-season, in which the Steelers star threw more interceptions than he’d amassed in the previous two years.