Waiting to speak: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have been out of sight this week after landing on the Reserve / COVID-19 list last Saturday, but he hasn’t lost his mind.
Or out of communication with his offensive linemen.
“He said he was feeling better,” Kendrick Green center reported today. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Steelers opened this week’s preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers in Los Angeles with a forecast for Mason Rudolph to make his second straight start as quarterback in place of Roethlisberger, the head coach said. Mike Tomlin.
“If we come to a time in the week when Ben has the opportunity to get on a moving train, that’s exactly what he will do,” Tomlin added on Tuesday.
Green has maintained the offensive line approach and the goals will remain the same no matter who takes the shots.
“The same thing every week, honestly,” he said. “We’re just going to play physically, play with low pads. We just have to come together, work in unison and ‘Naj’ (half-tourist Najee Harris) will do what he does best.
“We all trust Ben. He’s been doing this for a long time. That’s why he’s been as successful as he has been in this league.
“We are comfortable, Mason comes to work every day and works hard. Mason also knows what he is doing, so I am comfortable with both.”
The relative uncertainty over Sunday night’s starter is not an issue, Green insisted.
“It’s business, it’s what it is,” he said. “You have to deal with it.
“Anyway, I’ll be there on Sunday. It really doesn’t matter to me.”
High snaps mean a lot to Green.
There were a few throughout last Sunday’s 16-16 draw with the Lions, including one that went over Rudolph’s header and resulted in a 19-yard loss on second possession. of the Steelers in overtime.
“No excuse for that, honestly,” Green said. “I can’t have it.
“That’s all me. I just need to slow down and realize ‘hang in there first.’ It has nothing to do with who is there (at the quarterback).”
Green said he watched the movie and tried “to assess why this happened, but after that you have to move on.”
The Steelers have also been working on snaps in this week’s practice, as they have been throughout the season.
“I just got out early like we’ve always been, and even took a few extra reps just to really understand that,” Green said.