The last time Ben Roethlisberger appeared on the radio waves around Pittsburgh, he caused a stir.
As many know, Roethlisberger has used his weekly Ben Roethlisberger show on 93.7 The Fan as a way to be a bit cowardly and say what he thinks in the past, stating some things about his teammates that have become quite controversial. . After stepping away from this show a few years ago, Roethlisberger remained silent on the radio – until Friday.
Appearing on the WDVE Morning show on 102.5 in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger came out with a bang – in a good way, for the most part.
Playing behind a rebuilt offensive line throughout the season that included two rookies in left tackle Dan Moore Jr. and center Kendrick Green, not to mention freshman Steeler Trai Turner, as well as reserve interior offensive linemen John Leglue and JC Hassenauer, Roethlisberger was bruised and battered throughout the year, taking the most hits and sacks he has taken in a single season since the 2013 season.
Despite some of the struggles up front and the lack of a running game throughout the season to take some pressure off him, Roethlisberger had nothing but praise for Moore Jr. and Green on Friday when he appeared at the WDVE Morning Show. Asked by Mike Prisuita about rookie offensive linemen and if they are part of the future in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger was quick to say he believes they are part of the future and will be key leaders in the Steel City.
“I do. I saw, last week in particular – I’m probably going to be in trouble to talk about injuries, but whatever at this point – Dan Moore has kind of a high ankle in the first quarter last week. maybe missed a play? Roethlisberger said during his appearance on WDVE. “He’s got heart, he’s got passion, he’s smart and he’s very, very good. He’s going to be the left tackle of the future for this. football team, and he’s going to be pretty good at it.
While Moore Jr. has struggled at times this season, it’s important to remember that he was seen as a development tackle, who could eventually take over from the left or right tackle after some seasoning. Instead, Moore Jr. was propelled straight into the Week 1 starting roster in Buffalo after right tackle Zach Banner suffered a setback in training camp with his knee surgically repaired, forcing Chukwuma Okorafor to tackle right, and Moore Jr. in line-up in a fire test base at left tackle.
It hasn’t always been pretty for Moore, who ranks 110th in tackle in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus, with a rating of 57.0. But Roethlisberger believes the future is bright for the Texas A&M product.
“He cares about his job, cares about protecting his quarterback, and that’s really what you want in a lineman,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s going to sit there for a long time on the left tackle.”
As for Green, his struggles at center have been well documented, ranging from struggling to break football cleanly to taking football on time. Stay upright in the running game, identify blitzes in pass protection and just stay on blocks in general. Despite the struggles, Roethlisberger still believes in Green as Steeler, although the 18-year-old quarterback believes a guard move would serve him better.
“KG is a guy that I think we’ve put a lot of money into this year,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s a guy who hasn’t played a lot at the center, even in college. I really – listen, I’m not a coach, I’m not going to make these decisions – I think at some point KG should probably go on guard and he’ll dominate this league on guard because he’s just this fire and passion.
“You can’t have that on guard because you can’t really have that in the center; you have to be cerebral and not try to beat yourself up after every game, ”Roethlisberger added with a chuckle. “… I just think these guys are gonna be the blockers for Naj [Najee Harris] and doing amazing things here for a long time.