CLEVELAND -- Coming off two bitter losses and with their season slipping
away, the Browns (3-5) need to somehow rattle Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on
Sunday. And defensive tackle Gerard Warren thinks he knows just how
to do it.
He wants to clock Big Ben.
"One rule they used to tell me: Kill the head and the body's
dead," Warren said.
The NFL issued a warning to Warren for his comments regarding Roethlisberger.
"We notified the team, including Gerard Warren, that if a
player commits a flagrant foul after making such a statement, it
may be a decisive factor supporting the suspension of the player,
depending on the entire set of circumstances," NFL spokesman Greg
Cleveland's tackle feels if the Browns can shake the confidence
in Pittsburgh's rookie QB, they might be able to stun the Steelers.
And to unnerve Roethlisberger, Warren sounds as if he's willing to
do just about anything necessary.
"I didn't say knock him out of the game, I said just go across
his head a time or two," said Warren, who was fined $35,000 in his
rookie season for a cheap shot on Jacksonville quarterback Mark
Brunell. "There's a difference."
Like what he did to Brunell?
"A Mark Brunell," said Warren, who blindsided Brunell after an
interception. "But it's more of a mental thing than a physical.
Rattle his head. If we can't be on his head we'd love to be in
The Browns blitzed Roethlisberger only four times during their
34-23 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 10. They'd like to put more
pressure on him, but they can't risk getting beat by single
In their earlier meeting against Pittsburgh, the Browns got
burned by Roethlisberger, who twice avoided sacks and connected
with Plaxico Burress on long passes, one for a TD.
"We've got to make sure he stays in the pocket. He has burned
everyone that he has played," said Davis, whose team will be the
first to face Roethlisberger twice.
Cleveland will need to be choosy when picking its spots to go
after Roethlisberger, who was wobbled but stayed in after a
helmet-to-chin hit from Browns tackle Orpheus Roye last month.
"I don't think we have to blitz him more than we did in the
first game," Warren said. "The defensive line was doing a decent
job of harassing him. We just need to make plays, sacks slipping
out of our hands, things like that."
Not only has Roethlisberger been the perfect quarterback -- he's
just the second rookie since 1970 to start off 6-0 -- but he's been
impeccable in leading the Steelers to their best start since 1978.
"He doesn't know any better and he's playing free," Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia
said. "He's not thinking about the situation, he's just going out
there and playing as if nobody is expecting anything out of him.
He's playing great."
That could change, though, if the Browns could get ahead or if
they find a way to knock the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Roethlisberger off
"One of these right here," Warren said, raising his elbow.
"Right in the throat, how about that?"
But couldn't that result in a fine?
"Hey," Warren said. "It will be worth it."