Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti Jr.
December 2, 2016
Q: Have you noticed a difference in coach McAdoo this week?
A: Not at all. Ben has tremendous focus on the upcoming opponent. It's a task at hand, the day of the week. I haven't noticed anything different.
Q: Is that similar to how he treated the Green Bay game?
A: Oh absolutely.
Q: What about you? It's homecoming for you, too.
A: I guess it's like Ben, you don't even realize that until you probably step into Heinz Field. You take one day at a time. The preparation, the practice. You focus on what you’ve got to do with that moment.
Q: Eli struggled a little bit with his accuracy last week. Anything you attribute that to?
A: I just think it happens. When you look at taking a few shots, I think he took six maybe, you know, shots down the field. You hope to hit a couple; you're not going to hit them all. Eli's done a great job.
Q: You have 12 touchdown passes in the four games since the bye. What do you attribute that to?
A: You look at Eli's play; he's making great decisions. Throwing the timing and the rhythm, his accuracy has been outstanding. The perimeter players have done a great job getting open. It starts up front with great protection. You just look at the offense playing well together in those moments.
Q: Is he more comfortable in your estimation?
A: No, I think he's been comfortable the whole time.
Q: I think you guys are down there at the bottom as far as sacks allowed. How much does Eli do a good job of navigating the pocket to avoid that?
A: Once again, it's the ultimate team game, it takes all 11. First off, Ben does a great job with the play calling, putting offense in the position to get the ball out quickly. Eli is making good, decisive decisions, he's trusting his foot work, trusting his training, trusts what he sees. The offensive line is doing a good job in protection. Once again, the perimeter is doing a great job in their spacing, timing and rhythm.
Q: On Manning and Roethlisberger playing on the same field.
A: Oh absolutely. You're talking about two Hall of Famers, two greats, two Super Bowl winners.
Q: You had Logan Thomas and now he's playing tight end. Does that surprise you?
A: No, that doesn't surprise me. First off, Logan is a tremendous individual, tremendous football player. When you look at the physical measurables, you can see somebody taking a shot at Logan playing tight end.
Q: Did you guys ever think about that?
A: No, we didn't.