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In the Locker Room: Roethlisberger on Browns

Re: Being disappointed about his play after the game:Yeah I was. There were three, four or five plays I'd like to have back but you could probably say that about any game. Some of them are going to be plays that you guys don't even know about. Obviously the fumble but just a couple things here and there that I'd like to have back.

Were there throws that you didn't make that you should have?No actually not. Actually one was just a bad call in the no-huddle that I made and another one was a bad read. So just little things like that.

Was the first half against Cleveland the most aggressive that you feel the offense has been?Probably. I think we were the most productive and (had the) least amount of errors.


Why do you feel like it was the most aggressive?**I just felt like we got after it. We had a lot of good plays, some big splash plays (and) even our screen game was very productive.

Do you feel at home at Cleveland?Well it's a very hostile environment and I anticipate, and I'm sure a lot of guys around here or people that have been here for a while, this is as big of a game probably in Cleveland in a while. Just because of their record, our record, us coming in there, AFC North (and) the rivalry that's there. I anticipate it being a hostile environment, maybe like nothing I've ever seen up there before.

How much has Cleveland improved since Week One?Quite a bit. They've really got some things going. They're doing a lot of different things on defense. Offensively obviously they're playing very, very well. (Brian) Hoyer is playing great, just like I (and) Coach Tomlin told you guys he was a good player. He's showing it. This is not going to be easy for us.

Are you not surprised in anything that Hoyer does?No, he's a good player. (He's) a smart, heady player, makes good plays and makes some great throws.

Do you get up more to play the Browns?Heck yeah. Well I'm a competitor. It's a division rival. It's my home state. Yeah I always get up a little bit more.

Re: Red zone scoring issues and if they need to run the ball more frequently in that area of the field:No, we need to just execute. We were 1-of-4 last week. I think the week before we were a lot better. We're going to take what the defense gives us. Last week it was throwing the ball. We just need to execute better.

Can the tight ends help you in the red zone?I think so. I think that the big guys, the tight ends, all of them have decent size and when you get down there it's not always about the speed and the quickness. Sometimes it's about bodying somebody up and I think we've seen over the year, especially in the Tampa game, Heath (Miller) catches two bang-bang touchdowns and that's where tight ends could really help you and benefit you is in the red zone.

Is the pass heavy play-calling in the red zone a by-product of operating out of the no-huddle?Some of it is but that's me calling plays (and) feeling like we had the advantage in the pass game down there. So I called passes and I don't regret any of it.

Is it easier to mount a comeback in the NFL than maybe in the past?I don't know if that's necessarily the case. For whatever reason, whether it's a team letting up or another team playing that much harder or mistakes in the first half. Sometimes you dig yourself a hole and then you play better in the second half. So there are always lots of reasons and I think each game is a case-by-case example.

Re: Having lots of big plays in the first half against Cleveland and if that was a mind-set approach or what the Browns did:A little bit of both. You never really expect a screen, I think we had two screens early, to go real big. You expect to get first downs and things like that. But for them to go as big as they did I think it's just a by-product of what they gave us.

Does it make a difference in Cleveland's defense if Joe Haden doesn't play?Well he's one of the best in the league so yeah a little bit. I anticipate him playing though (because) it's a rivalry game. I anticipate him being out there.

Does it feel like more of a rivalry based on how things are going this year?I don't know in the last the couple of years if we ever played them this early (in) both games. Especially play there this early, it's been a long time since that's happened to my knowledge. Usually early in the season teams are still trying to figure each other out (and) figure (themselves) out. Both teams have OK records for where we are right now so I think that all those factors make this a little bigger rival than it's been in maybe the last year or two.  

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