Rex breaks down Ben Roethlisberger

First Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and now Ben Roethlisberger.

“[Ben] keeps plays alive,” Rex Ryan said. “Peyton Manning and Tom Brady approach things a little different. Brady will sit in (the pocket) and then throw the ball at the last second and then you hit him. Peyton, if you have a free run and he doesn’t like what he sees, even though he’s the hardest guy in the league to sack, eventually he’ll get down with the ball. He won’t take the hit.

“I mentioned it before, Roethlisberger will beat you up. He’ll just stand there and then make plays down the field. I’ve never seen a guy take the hits he can take and also make people miss the way he does and be as accurate on the run. He’s a lot faster athlete than you think. He’s there to buy time and throw it down the field.

“You have to do a great job of plastering your coverage (and) staying on your man. (His receiver) might be 60, 70 yards down the field and Roethlisberger can still get him the football.

“This guy (Roethlisberger) is a giant, 6’6”, probably 240, 250 pounds or something. Drew Coleman, I think, did it best last time. He did sack him twice because he knocked the ball out. There was no way Drew was going to get him down. It’s like, “Hey, I think it’s a lot easier just to get the ball out.” Maybe that’s a strategy we all need to take.”

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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