"When it's not you, you never like it," Roethlisberger told Jarrett Bell of USA Today on Monday. "And when it's someone in your division, it's always tougher. It's just motivation to be better this year."
Roethlisberger was having one of the better seasons of his NFL career in the first half of last season, despite some uneven play from the teammates around him. And then rib and shoulder injuries hit.
Said Roethlisberger: "I just had a bad year. It happens."
"Normally, at this point in my career, OTAs (organized team activities) are boring. But this has been good. I'm still learning this stuff," Roethlisberger said.