Former Baltimore Ravens head coach turned television analyst, Brian Billick, has seen Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger up close and personal several times over the years. While the veteran Roethlisberger is currently questionable with a shoulder injury that he suffered last Saturday in the AFC Wild Card win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Billick seems to think the Steelers quarterback might be playing possum.
In a Thursday appearance on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, Billick gave his thoughts on how Roethlisberger might wind up playing Sunday in Denver against the Broncos.
“There’s no one tougher than Ben Roethlisberger by far in the NFL, but he’s a drama queen,” said Billick. “He’s gonna come out on that field, that arm’s gonna be limp. It’s going to look like he can’t even lift it. Then he’s going to crank off a 60-yard bomb to Martavis Bryant. Then he’ll carry it back into the huddle, holding it like it’s in a sling, and then he’ll crank off a 40-yarder to Antonio Brown.”
Unfortunately for the Steelers, Roethlisberger won’t have wide receiver Antonio Brown to throw to Sunday as he was ruled out Friday with a concussion that he suffered last Saturday night against the Bengals. Additionally, since the Billick interview took place, Roethlisberger went through a full practice on Friday.
Drama queen or not, Roethlisberger is indeed one of the toughest quarterbacks currently in the league. However, he’ll need to play like a king Sunday against the Broncos in Denver if the Steelers are going to move on to the AFC Championship game next weekend.
You can listen to Billick’s entire interview below and it includes him breaking down all four of the divisional round games that will take place this weekend.