And now, playing the role of Ben Roethlisberger . . .

And now, playing the role of Ben Roethlisberger . . .
October 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Ben Roethlisberger's size and strength make comparisons to other NFL quarterbacks difficult.

Even so, Bill Belichick brought a new one Wednesday morning:

Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder.

"Have Solder take some plays back there at quarterback. Have him be the scout team quarterback for a few plays," Belichick joked when comparing the Steelers' quarterback to other QBs. "That's what it's like. You see guys hanging all over him, hanging on his legs, hanging on his waist, and he stiff arms them and still throws the ball for 30, 40 yards downfield. He can throw without his legs. You can be draped on his legs and he doesn't need to step into the throw. He has the arm strength to let it go more than half the length of the field.

"It's a hard thing to simulate in practice because we're not hitting quarterbacks. That's not the point of it, but I think the emphasis is knowing this guy is a very difficult guy to tackle. He doesn't really run away from people very often. He just runs through them or finds enough time for the receivers to get open."