Roethlisberger hunting for success in 2013-14

Roethlisberger hunting for success in 2013-14
April 20, 2013, 1:45 am
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Ben Roethlisberger is ready to go hunting. And hunting season will coincide with the NFL season for him.

What that means is how the Steelers quarterback will approach the 2013 season, when Pittsburgh likely won’t be seen as a contender by the NFL talking heads — or maybe even other teams.

“I’m with people saying that we’re going to be terrible and, ‘Let’s overlook them,’ because that means our opponents are doing the same thing,” Roethlisberger said on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “I like that. I like being the hunter. It’s kind of a fun place to be. I’m OK with that.”

When Big Ben goes hunting, though, he won’t have one of his usual weapons, speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace, who left for Miami via free agency.

“We had good chemistry,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m going to miss him as a person and as a teammate. He is a great locker room guy who always brought a smile to your face because he was fun, because he was funny.”

It won’t be funny, though, to lose someone whose speed commanded such respect from opposing secondaries.

“Safeties have to respect Mike’s speed. Cornerbacks and the defense are scheming to stop Mike Wallace going deep. It opens up other receivers, so to lose a guy like that is really going to be tough for all of us.”

And as far as hearing criticism, especially if the Steelers don’t make any postseason noise again, Roethlisberger said the guy in the mirror is his toughest critic.

“The pressure and being critical, I’m always going to put that on myself,” he said, adding that he’s made it a point to get to the club’s voluntary workouts from the beginning.

“I was here Day One. I have been working out for a long time. Seven days after the last game, I started working out. … But I wanted to be there. I want those guys to see me. I want those guys to know that I want to be the guy this year that is ready to go and lead these guys. I put that pressure on myself. I want to get us back to the Super Bowl.”