Hey Steeler Nation! “Seven Steps Back” is a piece that Steelers N Stuff will release weekly. It is about what the quarterback will need to do to get a win. In this case, most of the time it will be about Ben Roethlisberger (number 7), but as we know the quarterback can take a seven step drop on a pass play. Make sure you check out Steelers N Stuff every week to see what we are talking about because either way, Seven Steps Back!
Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs; Defense Type: 3-4; 2012 Defensive Rank: 20th; Average yards allowed a game: 356.5
Ben Roethlisberger: With the third preseason game scheduled to take off tonight, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to play at least a half according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger has yet to throw a touchdown pass in the 2013 preseason. Roethlisberger, however, has thrown an interception that went the other way last week against the Washington Redskins.
On Saturday, Roethlisberger and the offense will look to drive down the field and manage the game. Coach Tomlin is excited about getting the chance to game plan with his team for the first time in 2013. The Chiefs gave up 8 yards a catch in 2012, which favors the Steelers’ offensive short rhythm passing style. The Chiefs finished -24 in the turnover ratio a season ago, intercepting just 7 passes. Head coach Andy Reid looks to have his secondary a bit more polished with the addition of cornerback Sean Smith over the offseason.
If you remember from last season, Roethisberger went down for three weeks after suffering from an injury against the Chiefs to his shoulder/ribs. The Chiefs have players that can get to the quarterback, so it is important that Ben gets rid of the ball early and lets his receivers make plays.
Bruce Gradkowski: Gradkowski continues to look solid as the Steelers number two quarterback. He has looked very serviceable if Roethlisberger was to ever go down with an injury. Expect the same from him tonight.
Landry Jones: Remains the only quarterback on the roster to throw for a touchdown in the preseason. Jones has taken big strides since being drafted said Roethlisberger.
John Parker Wilson: Did not play last week against Washington after going 4-of-5 in the Giants game. Wilson will most likely not make the team due to the three quarterbacks ahead of him.