Roughly two weeks ago, the Steelers hired Todd Haley to serve as the successor to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who had a close friendship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Haley and Roethlisberger have still not communicated.
On Monday, Roethlisberger told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (via NFL.com) that Haley “still hasn’t called me yet.”
It’s a topic that came during on PFT Live, during an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bouchette has talked on the record with both Roethlisberger and owner Art Rooney II in recent weeks.
Roethlisberger has been lukewarm at best regarding the hiring of Haley. Bouchette suggested that Haley may be avoiding the quarterback deliberately; I wondered whether Haley is taking yet another page from his mentor, Bill Parcells, who infamously snubbed Jason Taylor upon arriving in Miami as the V.P. of football operations.
Here’s Bouchette on the Haley-Roethlisberger relationship and the various other challenges confronting the Steelers.