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Broncos focus on Big Ben

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

The Broncos know at some point Monday night that time will be their enemy as they try to contend with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

While some quarterbacks decide quickly to get rid of the ball, Roethlisberger has not only the virtue of patience, but the size (6-5, 241) and the mobility to hold onto the ball longer than most.

“They make a lot of big plays in the passing game,” said Broncos coach Josh McDaniels Friday. “When he extends plays is when you get some of those big plays, when you initially think you have them covered and all of a sudden he’s out of the pocket and it’s like a new play.”

Having been victimized some in their nickel package – five defensive backs – in recent weeks, especially by New England’s Tom Brady and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, the Broncos are adding veteran Ty Law to their secondary. It may be difficult for the Broncos to get Law into the lineup Monday night, but their defensive positioning on passing downs is obviously a concern.

Roethlisberger is a stubborn quarterback who will try to keep moving if his first reads are covered.

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“I always want to make a play,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to keep it alive.”

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