Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Monday that his surgically repaired knee “feels great.”
“It feels great,” Roethlisberger told Solomon Wilcots on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.” “I was excited to get back here. Took a big break after the surgery, took a couple weeks off, and I did that on purpose so I could have time to rest.”
Roethlisberger began his 10th training camp as a member of the Steelers on Saturday. He told USA Today Sports that he and second-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley have had a healthier relationship since last season.
“Any time there’s one new guy who comes in and everybody else is the same and he’s your boss, there’s going to be some butting of heads,” Roethlisberger said. “But it was blown way out of proportion. We get along great, even moreso now. We’ve had a whole offseason together. And he’s passionate about it.
“That’s why I’m so excited about this offense — one year of making it better. We threw out the bad stuff and kept the best of what we had. Hopefully, that’s our playbook this year.”
Roethlisberger claims that the Steelers offensive line this season is the best he’s had protecting him since he’s been in Pittsburgh.
“No disrespect to anyone but they might be the best all-around offensive line unit that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Roethlisberger said. “They’re young and they’re cohesive. They seem to know each other with a sixth sense.”
“Every quarterback wants to throw the ball all over the field,” Roethlisberger added. “But I want to win games, and in order to do that, you have to run the ball effectively and throw it effectively. I like what we have in terms of balance to win.”
That’s good news for the Steelers and their fans, Roethlisberger hasn’t played 16 games since 2008.