Jaguars coach Doug Marrone: Ben Roethlisberger ‘too good of a player’ to let Week 5 performance bother him
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone watches his team warm up before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is “too good of a player” for the last game against Jacksonville to stay in his head, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.
The Steelers fell to Jacksonville 30-5 in Week 5. Roethlisberger had one of his worst performances of the season, completing 33 of 55 passes for 312 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.
Last week, Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he wanted to play the Jaguars in the divisional round.
“I’ve seen him for too long right now to really think that’s going to get to him,” Marrone said. “I think that for our players, we do understand that it’s different. That was Week 5 in the season. A lot has gone by since then.
“This is one-game elimination and a divisional playoff game. I think we’re taking more of that approach than, ‘Hey, we’ve been there, done that.’ … We understand that it’s going to be a hard-fought, 15-round battle.”
Marrone also said the Steelers have the most talented roster of any team the Jaguars have played.
“With the weapons they have, they can hurt you in so many different ways,” Marrone said. “So, for us defensively, we’re really going to have to play well. It’s going to be a great challenge, not just in the backend but up front in everything that we do.”
That talented cast, Marrone said, makes Roethlisberger even better.
“He can make all the plays,” Marrone said. “He can run the offense. We understand what we’re going against and we understand the challenge in it.”