Big Ben Talks About Suspicion Of Pats: “They Knew Some Of Our Plays”
During an appearance on radio station 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was pressed to speak on the issue of RadioGate, which unfolded last Thursday during the NFL’s Season Opener in Foxborough. And while he did state that the headset problems did not affect his ability to communicate with Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, he did provide listeners with an interesting comment that’s sure to add more fuel to the discussion surrounding Patriots morality.
First, we have Big Ben explaining his understanding of what happened with the Steelers’ headsets during their 28-21 week one loss to the Patriots—and how it affected him:
“In a lot of games, the offensive coordinator to quarterback headset, there’ll be — whether it’s one play, it’s static, something — it’ll go out,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning. “It doesn’t matter if it’s at home, on the road, it just never fails. There’s almost always some kind of communication [problem]. But it’s real brief. It never lasts very long. I think the difference this time — and this is, like I said, there was no communication issues really between Coach [Todd] Haley and myself — but what I was told and what Bruce [Gradkowski] told me when he listened is that when we had the ball on offense, our coach-to-coach communication, so the guys up in the box to the guys on the sideline, were not only hearing themselves but they were hearing the radio broadcast of the game. And from what I was told from Coach Haley it was only when we had the ball. When the Patriots had the ball there was no radio broadcast.”
And now the good part, where Roethlisberger talks about a suspicion he’s always had with the New England Patriots that dates back to his rookie year:
“Whether we were outcoached or outplayed or they had some kind of a leg up, I always felt that they knew some of our offensive plays,” Roethlisberger said. “For whatever reason. Maybe it was better scouting or whatever. But I had always felt that. But I’m not one to sit and say, ‘Hey,’ you know, to pout about it or talk about it. I just felt that they were — they beat us on that day and maybe I was a rookie and didn’t know any better but I always felt that the knew some of the plays we were calling.”
What should we make of such comments from Big Ben? I’m not quite sure, but what I can tell you is that he’s probably not the first quarterback who’s felt that way while facing Bill Belichick’s defense.
Hat Tip – [ProFootballTalk]