To Roethlisberger, it's a mildcat

To Roethlisberger, it's a mildcat
October 22, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) runs with the ball as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain (53) defends.

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Steelers ran four plays out of the wildcat formation in Sunday’s game against the Ravens. And Ben Roethlisberger won’t be unhappy if that’s the last time Pittsburgh does it.

In the wildcat, running back Le’Veon Bell takes a direct snap from center while Roethlisberger shifts out to a wide receiver slot.

“I don’t like to go over and just be split out wide and take a chance that a [defensive back] is going to come up,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan Tuesday during his weekly radio show (via ESPN.com). “I don’t think we’ll see a lot of it.”

As a quarterback who takes lots of snaps in the shotgun, Roethlisberger also said he’s concerned that the wildcat is a turnover waiting to happen.

"To take a shotgun snap, even as a quarterback, there’s a chance of fumbles and things happening and we do it all the time,” Roethlisberger said. “So I think your chances of something bad happening goes up when you do that wildcat stuff because it’s just unnatural, things that [running backs] are just not used to doing. It makes you nervous.”

Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t sound nervous at all about running more wildcat.

“The play themselves aren’t new. The window dressing is,” Tomlin said. “It doesn’t require a bunch of work from a practice standpoint in that regard. Some of the formations and pre-snap movements is walk-through, classroom-type work, so it’s not as intensive of an endeavor as it appears to be.”

You mean we won’t see Big Ben putting a double move on a cornerback?