PALMER: That's the thing about the big moment or the last drive. You have so much stuff going on in your head—What's the play? Where's your protection? Who's the hot [receiver]? Where's the safety?—and all you think is, Read. Just read the play.
KING: Would you guys be better quarterbacks if you called your own plays?
ROMO: We would be the best players ever. [All laugh.] There's a time and a place for it. I think the coach trusts me.
PALMER: I would much rather have a play called [by a coach] because—during a no-huddle series, for instance—I don't know the defense's tendencies based on field position and distance, like the offensive coordinator does. He knows the data from six weeks in a row. Having a bird's-eye view from the coaches' box, seeing everything unfold up top, knowing what to expect in certain game situations ... I'd rather have his input, as opposed to calling what I feel like calling.
KING: Ben, would you want to call your own?
ROETHLISBERGER: I do.
KING: How much?
ROETHLISBERGER: About 40 percent. Would I call it all? No. I'm the most untraditional guy here. I'm the one who wants to go just play backyard.
KING: That last series in the Super Bowl, did you make up stuff during that?
ROETHLISBERGER: Yeah. The last two [plays]. My coordinator, Bruce Arians, and I have such a good relationship that he knows what I'm thinking. Every once in a while if he sees something, he'll say, "Hey, don't forget this play." He'll tell me to run the ball if I'm throwing too much.