The Steelers break training camp this weekend and then it’s back to the team’s practice facility on the South Side for the remainder of the preseason.
It was the first camp under offensive coordinator Todd Haley and players feel a lot more comfortable now than they did at the beginning of camp with the new offense.
“Every day we are getting a little more comfortable and getting ready to finish the preseason and get ready for the regular season,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “We are getting better every day. It’s just a repetitive process and you keep working at it.
“I think we made good strides and got better every day and are continuing to get better.”
The first preseason game against the Eagles was test one, but the second test will come on Sunday night against the Colts at Heinz Field.
“Guys are comfortable with the first preseason game under our belt,” said quarterback Charlie Batch. “You can see a nice step forward. We have something to look forward to moving into the second game. All you want to do is continue to go out there and get better each week.”
For the quarterbacks a big part of the adjustment has been the terminology and making sure they make the right calls.
“I know everything that is supposed to be said, I know how to say it, and I know how to get it out of my mouth,” said quarterback Byron Leftwich. “That was the hard part, learning just how to get it out of my mouth. I understand the concepts, what he wants done with the offense. From a quarterback standpoint we are just trying to execute it at a high level to be successful.”
Leftwich said the changes in terminology are basically like trying to learn a new language.
“I tried to learn Spanish five years ago and I am still trying to,” said Leftwich. “As a quarterback when you say the play you visualize it mentally. In the beginning when you were saying the plays you were just saying the plays. Then when you break the huddle you get the opportunity to visualize it. The quicker you visualize the play before you have the chance to call it the better. It helps you in your reaction time.”
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