We last left Ladarius Green’s first Pittsburgh Steelers’ touchdown breaking down the overall schematics of the play. The fake bubble screen that influenced Landon Collins, opening Green up down the seam for a walk-in touchdown.
Speaking with the media earlier today, Ben Roethlisberger expanded on what happened in that play. It was his no huddle call that set things up but a challenge to Green to pick things up on the fly.
“I don’t want to give too much of the play away but yeah, I mean, that was a called play, a no huddle type play,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “I saw something from the defense and thought he could get the safety Collins, a really good safety who was biting on some screens.”
Roethlisberger said he believes it was the first time Green had ever run that play.
“That’s a play, I don’t even think he’s run that specific play yet. So for me to call it and him to execute it flawlessly just to me speaks volumes to the work he’s put in mentally. To not even get the rep physically but mentally be ready to do it and able to do it and be the actor, the fake block, and then make the play. So that’s just awesome on his part.”
Green sold the screen well, pretending like he was going to block for the bubble to the wide receiver, before zooming past Collins and scoring. It was also, as we wrote, set up by the several screens the Steelers had run earlier in the game and their general tendency to do so.
Despite being a new face and still – excuse the pun – green to the offense, Roethlisberger says he has complete trust in his newest weapon.
“I have all the trust and faith in the world in him and what he can do and the growth that he has. Like I said, I need to continue to get better to work with him and we need to get better together. But you see the growth. Every week we’ve gotten better. He’s a weapon for us.”