It's no surprise that Arians feels so strongly about a quarterback he tutored for half a decade. The two owned lake houses in Milledgeville, Georgia and are known golfing buddies.
Roethlisberger is simply realizing the full measure of his immense potential now that he's surrounded by the best collection of talent since he arrived in Pittsburgh over a decade ago.
"The same guy I've always seen," Ryan added. "So it's the same nightmare. He's still a great quarterback. He can make all the throws and hangs in there. Their vertical passing game has been absolutely tremendous.
"I don't know if the NFL has ever seen a two-game stretch like this, 12 touchdowns in two games."
Roethlisberger couldn't ask for a better opponent in his quest for a third consecutive six-touchdown game. Ryan's patchwork secondary has allowed a league-high 112.8 passer rating through nine games.