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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger Says He Needs To Play Better

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The Pittsburgh Steelers issues on offense likely go beyond one positional player, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is pointing the finger of blame at himself.

“The quarterback needs to play better” Roethlisberger said, per ESPN.

The Steelers are still reeling after a loss to the previously win-less Chicago Bears, a team in a clear rebuild.

“I didn’t play well enough to win. We lost the game because of me, because I didn’t play well enough,” Roethlisberger said about the loss to Chicago.

“It’s not on anyone else. That’s how I felt, that’s what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to own it. And I’ll own it.

“If I play better in that game, I feel we win the game. If I play better in the first two weeks, then we’re going to score more points and have a productive offense and we don’t have to answer questions about why our offense isn’t where it is.”

While other players such as Le’Veon Bell and Martavious Bryant have had their share of struggles too, Roethlisberger harped on his own shortcomings.

“Sometimes there are guys that might be open where I quickly go to AB [Antonio Brown],” Roethlisberger said.

“I need to reel myself in and just take what the defense gives us, give us the best play possible, not just the best guy possible.

It’s not about a #3 or establishing guys. We’re going to rotate guys in.

We have enough weapons that we can do that. I just need to be better at getting guys involved.”

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Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

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The Denver Broncos will hire former Chicago Bears defensive back ED Donatell to be there defensive coordinator. The Move reunites Donatell with Vic Fangio, the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Donatell coach under Fangio led defense s from 2011 through 2018 as defensive back coach. So the two are definitely know each other well. Donatell has been a defensive coordinator in the league before running, the Packers defense from 2000-2003 and in the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006.

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Browns Targeting Chuck Pagano for Defensive Coordinator

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With Freddie Kitchens officially at the helm as head coach, the Cleveland Browns are now focusing on his building his staff.

According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the Browns are interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Check Pagano for their defensive coordinator job.

Pagano had interviewed for head coaching vacancies this offseason, and is drawing interest as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

The report goes on to say that Kitchens is really interested in adding Pagano to his staff.

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Texans’ Demaryius Thomas Wants To Continue Playing Career

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Houston Texans veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who they acquired via trade from the Denver Broncos mid-season, plans to continue his playing career, and would like to stay in Houston.

“My main priority right now is getting back healthy. I can still play, man. I’m not thinking about retirement. I just don’t know where it will be,” Thomas said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

“I told them I would love to finish my career here, but we’ll see…This is what we have to deal with as players and guys in the locker room. I hope my appearance and being around the guys and talking to a couple of guys helped. I don’t want to say I helped that much play-wise, but leadership-wise, I think I helped.”

Thomas played in 7 games for the Texans following the trade, and caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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