Titans Focus On Taking Down Big Ben
At 6 feet..5 inches..240+ pounds..”Big” Ben Roethlisberger is considered a mountain of a man by any standard. Safeties, linebackers and even defensive linemen alike have all found it difficult to wrangle up a sack against him over the past 13 years. Just ask Tennessee Titans DT Jerrell Casey.
In his rookie season, the 300-pound Titans defensive lineman busted into the backfield, and hit Roethlisberger solid.
“And I bounced right off of him,” Casey recalled on Tuesday. “It felt like he didn’t budge at all.”
Casey then wrapped him up again, and got him to the ground. He hopes to do it again on Thursday night when the Titans face Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday night.
“I have seen millions of times him slipping out of sacks.” Casey said. “My first sack on him I hit him and had to rewrap him up to get him down. He’s a big dude. And the thing is he doesn’t try to scramble when he gets away. He stays in there and tries to throw it. You just have to hit him with all your Force. He’s definitely a tough cookie in the pocket.”
Someone who knows all too well how difficult the task of sacking Roethlisberger can be is former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator and current DC/Assistant Head Coach, Dick LeBeau.
“Well, if I knew the key to stopping Ben Roethlisberger I’d have won a hell of a lot more games that I’ve won.” LeBeau said. “Nobody’s really stopped him and his teammates from dominating the game, keep the score in and give our guys a chance to win, the same thing we do every week that we go out there.”
LeBeau then went on to say..”To show him something that he hasn’t seen is an impossibility. But we’ll try to disguise and try to make him read us after the snap. He’s a great diagnostician. He really can take a look at you and find out where you’re going, and it’s part of the reason he’s been so successful.”
Roethlisberger has been sacked just 11 times this season..14 less than Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton and 8 less than the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco. Only 9 quarterbacks have been sacked less..two of which have started the entire season.
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