Ben Roethlisberger: 'I always felt that [Patriots] knew some of our offensive plays'

Ryan Hannable
September 15, 2015 - 12:10 pm
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[caption id="attachment_86140" align="alignright" width="350"]Ben Roethlisberger said he's always suspicions the Patriots knew some of the Steelers' offensive plays. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Roethlisberger said he's always been suspicious of the Patriots knowing some of the Steelers' offensive plays. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)[/caption] Following the Steelers having headset issues at Gillette Stadium in last Thursday's season opener, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger discussed the perception that the Patriots have inside information about an opponent'€™s game plan. Appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning, Roethlisberger said he "always felt that they knew some of our offensive plays" dating back to the AFC championship when he was a rookie in 2004. "Whether we were outcoached or outplayed or they had some kind of a leg up, I always felt that they knew some of our offensive plays,"€ Roethlisberger said (via Pro Football Talk). "For whatever reason. Maybe it was better scouting or whatever. But I had always felt that. But I'€™m not one to sit and say, '€˜Hey,'€™ you know, to pout about it or talk about it. I just felt that they were --€” they beat us on that day and maybe I was a rookie and didn'€™t know any better but I always felt that the knew some of the plays we were calling." As it relates to last Thursday's game, Roethlisberger said the headset issue only occurred when the Steelers had the ball. "€œIn a lot of games, the offensive coordinator to quarterback headset, there'€™ll be --€” whether it'€™s one play, it'€™s static, something -- it'€™ll go out,"€ Roethlisberger said. "It doesn'€™t matter if it'€™s at home, on the road, it just never fails. There'€™s almost always some kind of communication [problem]. But it'€™s real brief. It never lasts very long. I think the difference this time -- and this is, like I said, there was no communication issues really between Coach [Todd] Haley and myself --€” but what I was told and what Bruce [Gradkowski] told me when he listened is that when we had the ball on offense, our coach-to-coach communication, so the guys up in the box to the guys on the sideline, were not only hearing themselves but they were hearing the radio broadcast of the game. And from what I was told from Coach Haley it was only when we had the ball. When the Patriots had the ball there was no radio broadcast." This came before Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the matter was over -- "Really, that'€™s it for us," he said. DraftKings Football season is underway and DraftKings is crowning two new millionaires this weekend! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 2 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.