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Ben Roethlisberger went to old playbook in Steelers' game against Raiders

Big Ben brought back some old plays in Steelers-Raiders game last weekend.

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a strong game against the Oakland Raiders this past weekend, throwing for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. Part of that, though, was due to Big Ben reaching back into history a bit to use some plays from the team's old playbook:

"There were plays out there that I called that weren’t in our playbook," Roethlisberger said. "I know it sounds crazy; things we’ve had from years' past that guys were on the same page with and it worked."

Asked why he decided to go to the old playbook, Roethlisberger said, "Because they were going to be open, and they worked every time I did, so that was good."

If true, it will be interesting to hear what current offensive coordinator Todd Haley feels about that. Roethlisberger and Haley already have a bit of a questionable relationship and it's hard to imagine this helps things all that much. One thing is certain, though -- the plays appeared to work.

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