Neither Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nor Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is expected to play in Thursday’s NFL exhibition finale at Bank of America Stadium.
But the two big-bodied passers have been linked since last December, when Panthers coach Ron Rivera first hinted that he wanted offensive coordinator Mike Shula to make changes to his scheme in the same manner the Steelers had in 2012.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was hired in 2012 with one overriding directive – make sure Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was protected.
It helps – as Cotchery mentioned – that Roethlisberger has a couple of dynamic game-changers in wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, who is expected to end his holdout Friday.
That was what the Panthers had in mind when they drafted Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Ohio State wideout Curtis Samuel with their first two picks this year.
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