Bill Belichick pokes some fun at Big Ben Roethlisberger: 'He's all of 241 (pounds), trust me'

Mike Petraglia
September 05, 2015 - 1:39 pm
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[caption id="attachment_96777" align="alignright" width="350"]Bill Belichick speaks Saturday before roster cuts to reach 53-man limit. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)Bill Belichick speaks Saturday before roster cuts to reach 53-man limit. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)[/caption] FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick has a ton of respect for Ben Roethlisberger. With the Steelers quarterback facing Belichick's defense this week, the topic of Roethlisberger's size and strength was a subject of conversation Saturday. For the record, Roethlisberger is listed at 6-foot-5 and 241 pounds. "Yeah, he was probably that in the eighth grade. He'€™s all of 241, trust me," Belichick quipped. Bringing down all of Roethlisberger has always been a challenge for the Patriots. He is one of the most difficult quarterbacks in the NFL to sack, though he has taken his fair share over the years. Belichick was asked Saturday where he ranks Roethlisberger in terms of the toughest quarterbacks to bring to the ground in the NFL. "He'€™s a huge challenge," Belichick said. "He'€™s big, he'€™s strong, he'€™s got good balance, and he can, even when guys are grabbing him and pulling him and hanging on him, he still has the strength to throw the ball and throw it accurately. It'€™s tough. It'€™s tough to get to him and it'€™s tough to get him down. We saw that two weeks ago with [Cam] Newton. It was different, but similar kind of problem. There are a few guys like that and we'€™ll just have to play them accordingly. But he'€™s a big challenge. He does a great job with that and he makes a lot of plays with guys hanging all over him." Overall, Roethlisberger is 3-5 against the Patriots in eight lifetime meetings, including the 41-27 loss against the Patriots in the 2004 AFC championship. The last three times the Patriots have faced Roethlisberger, they've won twice as the Steelers transitioned from a ground game to more of an aerial attack. In Nov. 2015, the Patriots outslugged Pittsburgh, 55-31, at Gillette, as Roethlisberger went 28-of-48 for 400 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. But he was also sacked five times in that game. In 2011, Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards in a 25-17 win over the Patriots and in 2010, he threw for 387 yards in a 39-26 Patriots' win. In the three games, Roethlisberger has thrown nine touchdown passes and four interceptions. "He'€™s killed us the last two, three times he'€™s played us," Belichick said. "He'€™s thrown for over 400 yards and a whole bunch of touchdowns. I lost track of what the numbers are, but it was a lot. Just going through the tapes, he made a lot of plays, made a lot of plays against us the last two, three games we'€™ve been watching. He'€™s been very productive against us." DraftKings Kick off this football season with the biggest fantasy football contest ever on DraftKings! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 1 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.