PITTSBURGH -- As the Pittsburgh Steelers wrap up their final minicamp of the offseason this week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made it clear that he is learning a new offense and not a new style of play.
Reducing the hits on Roethlisberger has been a major story line this offseason from Art Rooney saying the Super Bowl-winning quarterback might have to "tweak" his game to the Steelers using their first two draft picks on offensive linemen.
Roethlisberger reiterated Wednesday that he won't change his mindset of extending plays just to cut down on the number of shots from defensive players.
"I’m not going to change my game," Roethlisberger said. "Coach can do what he wants to add protection and do things like that. I’m going to play the game the way I know how. It’s worked OK for me so far."
No AFC quarterback was sacked more than Roethlisberger last season (40 times), and no quarterback in the NFL has endured more than the 261 sacks he has since 2006.
While Roethlisberger has only missed two games because of injuries the past four seasons, his performance suffered last season as he battled through a sprained foot (which required a metal plate in his shoe), a broken right thumb and a high-ankle sprain.
"I don’t think there is this big revelation like I need to do this and do that," Roethlisberger said. "It’s 'don’t take hits,' but I don’t know how to do that."
New offensive coordinator Todd Haley said last week that he won't try to limit the number of times Roethlisberger throws on the run.
"It's one of the best things he does, and it's what separates him from all the other guys in the league for the most part," Haley said. "So you don't want to take that great ability away from him."
Asked if anyone has told him to go down and not take so many hits, Roethlisberger said, "Yeah, all the time. My mom, my wife and my grandma."