Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette on July 26 the team is aiming to average 30 points in the 2015 NFL season.
Ben Roethlisberger is confident his Pittsburgh Steelers will be able to average 30 points every game in the 2015 NFL season.
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The Steelers scored a team record 436 points in 2014. Roethlisberger told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette on July 26 -- the start of the team's 2015 training camp -- the Steelers' 2015 edition is capable of eclipsing that mark:
"We want to start fast and we want to be able to put 30 points on the board in every game," Roethlisberger told Bouchette.
Roethlisberger said Steelers offense has potential to score 30 points a game.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) July 26, 2015
Roethlisberger is all praises for an explosive lineup which includes wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell. He also gave props to his offensive line, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
"That group in front of me is as good as any in the league, and as good as any as I've ever had. It's great.
"Then you look at outside receiver. AB (Brown) is as good as anybody in this league and arguably one of the greatest that I've played with. Just all around on offense, we just have a special group. It has a chance to be really good.
"There are a lot of young guys, kind of the unknown other than AB. But they have as much potential and talent from top to bottom as we've had here in a long time. To me the sky is the limit for them."
Despite having an explosive offense, the Steelers were just 18th in yards allowed. This has been their lowest ranking since 2001, per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Roethlisberger says arm in great shape, he's in great shape and he thinks offense can do even more than what it did in record-setting 2014— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) July 26, 2015
Nonetheless, Roethlisberger believes Pittsburgh's defense will improve next season, per Bouchette:
"I feel they're going to take what happened last year to heart. I know there's some change there with coach (Keith) Butler and coach (Dick) LeBeau being gone and some new guys. But they're really starting to come along.
"They're a fast, physical group. It'll be neat to see what they do this year.
"But we still want to score 30 points a game because that is our goal."
He also told Bouchette on Sunday it's an honor playing quarterback at the age of 33:
"It's crazy because I guess if you think about playing this game long enough in my position, that's going to happen at some point -- you're going to be the oldest guy on the team. You have to be blessed, you have to be lucky to have that opportunity because it means you stay healthy.
"You want to do it now, not because I feel I'm older. I feel great. I feel I'm playing well. My arm is great. I feel like we've got a great team.
Roethlisberger said not only does he enjoy the offense under Todd Haley but they've become good friends, similarl to he and Bruce Arians— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) July 26, 2015
"I'm not to cheat myself, I don't want to cheat guys by looking forward. I want to look right now, just focus on this year because this might be it. Who knows? Who knows when your body breaks down?
"I've always said I'll play until the good Lord or Mr. Rooney says I can't."
The Steelers celebrated their 50th training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. in style on Sunday.
According to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, the Steeline (a drumline which supports the Steelers) and the Pennsylvania National Guard led approximately 300 youth football players from Western Pennsylvania to the field before the Steelers took the field to a thunderous ovation from the fans.
The Steelers also invited some of their former players representing every decade since they started holding training camp at Saint Vincent College to witness the special event, per Varley.
These players were John Kolb (1960s), J.T. Thomas (1970s), Louis Lipps (1980s), Merril Hoge (1990s) and Charlie Batch (2000s), per Steelers.com.
Steelers president Art Rooney II discussed his team's 50th training camp and even shared some fond memories of past training camps with Varley:
"It is hard to believe we have been here 50 years. I was a ball boy back in those days and things were a little different. We certainly weren't sitting on six World Championships and it was a different atmosphere. It feels good we have come this far in 50 years.
"It was seeing a lot of great players start their careers here. When Terry Bradshaw stepped on the field, Franco Harris. Seeing things were changing. It was a remarkable when we first started here.
"It's a beautiful campus. The changes that have been made are ouststanding. The best part about it is we have had a lot of success coming out of Saint Vincent. We are happy to be here and it's great to celebrate our 50th camp here."
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