Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein, Trent Green and Boomer Esiason Discuss Ben Roethlisberger’s Record-Setting Performance, Preview Denver at New England
Tonight’s episode of NFL MONDAY QB on CBS Sports Network (6:30 PM, ET) features a recap of Week 8 of the NFL season, including discussion of Ben Roethlisberger’s record-setting performance against the Indianapolis Colts, as well as a preview of Manning-Brady XVI – Week 9’s game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Host Adam Schein is joined on the show by NFL ON CBS quarterbacks Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein, Trent Green and Boomer Esiason. NFL MONDAY QB re-airs on CBS Sports Network tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM, ET.
Following are excerpts from the show.
(On BEN ROETHLISBERGER):
Boomer Esiason: It was probably the single best regular season performance I have ever seen a quarterback put together. He was on fire yesterday. He was impossible to take down in the pocket; the footwork; the fact that he always keeps his eyes down field. He is always looking for the big play. He has such synergy now with his wide receivers, especially Antonio Brown... Yesterday, it was vintage Ben Roethlisberger. He got away from people in the pocket. He did not turn the football over. He was not sacked. And he was 40-of-49 – an 81 percent completion (rate). I would put that performance up against any other regular season performance in the history of the NFL.
Rich Gannon: I thought that was about as good of a performance as we have ever seen from Big Ben. And I was so impressed with what I saw from Todd Haley yesterday. He is an offensive coordinator that has been under the gun, but that was outstanding yesterday.
Steve Beuerlein: The key point is that Todd Haley and Ben really are on the same page right now. This offense has never clicked like this between these two guys. The bottom line is that right now, Ben Roethlisberger is in the zone. He is on fire. He is protecting the football, going up the field. His players are stepping up. It’s pretty impressive to see.
(ON ANDREW LUCK):
Trent Green: It’s hard to criticize Andrew Luck. He had 400 yards passing. He had three touchdown passes. But the two interceptions were critical interceptions. Obviously one of them was returned for a touchdown… But when Pittsburgh puts 51 points on the board, there are certain times that you have to throw jump balls, you have to throw contested footballs and hope your guys are able to come down with it. I don’t think you can put the blame on Andrew Luck. He is the best young quarterback in the National Football League.
(PREVIEW OF SUNDAY’S DENVER AT NEW ENGLAND GAME):
Beuerlein: Nobody can touch Peyton Manning’s receivers. He has Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker… Now they have a running game with Ronnie Hillman. New England cannot stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos are going to run away with it.
Boomer: Peyton Manning is 2-10 against Tom Brady in New England. New England does not lose to AFC teams in the regular season. There isn’t a quarterback that does more with less than Tom Brady. Since he was called out after the Kansas City Monday night game, he has thrown 14 touchdown passes, zero interceptions. He is being challenged not only by the media but by everybody in football. He will have a great game against Denver.
(ON JAY CUTLER):
Beuerlein: Remember what Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady did when their teams were struggling? They took the bull by the horns, stepped up and willed their teams to play better. Cutler has not done that… The bottom line is that your quarterback is the guy that everybody is looking to to provide the spark, to provide the leadership, to get this team back on track, at least offensively… Jay Cutler is not stepping up to the challenge like a big time quarterback has to. He’s the highest paid player in the League. He has to step up and provide the leadership and the spark for this team.
Boomer: At the end of the day, it is about the quarterback. The quarterback is the leader… It is about how you respond to being challenged. And Jay has not done that well.
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