Ben Roethlisberger responds to ‘tone Ben down’ comment made by Ryan Clark


Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark made a comment about Ben Roethlisberger’s style of play when he spent part of his bye week as an NFL analyst for ESPN.

“You to have to protect Ben against Ben,” Clark said on ESPN. “Right now, we have to tone Ben down in a sense and say, ‘Hey, right now, we’re not a good enough football team for you to try to extend plays, for us to take sacks, for us to have turnovers.’ ”

Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times and turned the ball over nine times in one month of play, but will not be changing his style.

“It is what it is. I’m just going to play the game the way that I play it and try not to turn it over,” said Roethlisberger to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Clark elaborated on his comments Wednesday.

“We need to protect Ben. Defensively, we need to make plays so Ben doesn’t feel like he has to do everything. Offensively, we need to protect him so he can get the ball out,” Clark said Wednesday. “The receivers need to get open. The running backs need to run the ball.

“But in that as well, he needs to understand that, as constructed right now, we aren’t playing well enough as a team to where we can take sacks and have turnovers. That’s a team solution, but the quarterback has to spearhead it.”

The 0-4 Steelers face the 3-2 Jets on Sunday.


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