Ben on going for 2: 'We are going to keep doing it'


It's something they worked on from the start of OTAs, continued to practice during minicamp and all through training camp. And even now, with the season under way, the Steelers still work on the two-point conversion.

So it's only natural whenever they have the opportunity to go for two, whenever they feel it's right, they do it.

"We are going to keep doing it," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "We don't practice it this much to not do it. We do it every single day at the beginning of practice from OTAs to mini-camp to training camp. We just finally got (Coach Mike Tomlin) out of it on Wednesdays, and we do a different drill during that period. It's still on Thursday and Friday.

"It's something we practiced a lot and felt comfortable with. I tried to tell you guys early on that we would do it and you just didn't quite believe it. It's something we feel comfortable with."

The Steelers opted to go for two twice early on in the win over the San Francisco 49ers, converting on attempts after their first two touchdowns. And the decisions weren't random as it's planned out in advance.

"We go into the game, the night before, making the decision," said Roethlisberger. "Coach Tomlin, Coach (Todd) Haley, Coach (Randy) Fichtner, myself, and anyone else involved meet. We know on the first one, are we going for two or not. It's not a 'what did they do' or 'what's the score.' We go into it on the first one knowing what we are going to do. The second one, we have a pretty good plan for.

"Things could change, but we go into each game knowing what we are going to do. At least on the first one and most likely the second one. I would guess the situation controls the rest of those for Coach to make that decision."

The Steelers jumped to a 16-3 lead thanks to converting on both, and while it might only be two more points, it can make a difference as it puts pressure on opponents to match it.

"If you're winning 8-0 and they score, they have a decision to make," said Roethlisberger. "Do you go for an extra-point and keep it one point below? Or do go for two and if you don't get it, you're down two and your whole scenario and situations have to change. It definitely brings a different aspect to the game."

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