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Roethlisberger “still confused” how Haley will change Steelers’ offense

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says any notion that he’s angry about the decision to bring in Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, replacing Bruce Arians, is misguided. But Roethlisberger doesn’t completely understand what will change in Pittsburgh, either.

Roethlisberger said on the Rich Eisen Podcast that he hears others saying that Haley will turn the Steelers into a smash-mouth offense, or that Haley will rein Roethlisberger in. But Roethlisberger says that when he talks to Haley he doesn’t hear those things.

“I get a little confused at times because I know so much has been made about us quote-unquote throwing the ball too much, or we’re going back to Steeler football and running the ball more,” Roethlisberger said. “But in these meetings I’ve had with coach Haley he’s all about the no-huddle, and using our wide receiver weapons, and throwing the ball, and stuff like that, so I’m still confused. I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet.”

Haley has a reputation around the NFL for being anything but a players’ coach, but Roethlisberger said he’s going into his relationship with Haley with an open mind, and without any preconceived notions about what Haley will be like.

“You have to form your own opinion, and we’re starting to do that, starting to develop a relationship and we’ll see where it goes,” Roethlisberger said.

As for Arians, Roethlisberger said he cares for his former coach personally, and that’s the reason he felt bad seeing him go.

“Change doesn’t happen a lot in Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger said. “They just don’t have a lot of changeover. So any time you lose a coach, a player — it would be uncomfortable, even, to lose an equipment guy or a training guy because everybody in Pittsburgh is family. So of course it’s going to hurt you and of course change is difficult. But people made such a big deal about us being upset, hissy fits, and nothing like that happened. It’s just you hate to see anybody that’s your family leave. So that was the tough part.”

It remains to be seen whether working with Haley will also be tough for Roethlisberger.

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  1. joetoronto says: May 9, 2012 11:32 AM

    A crackhead and a rapist, this should end well.

  2. yelix says: May 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    I imagine the biggest thing would be discipline. The Steelers offense has too many weapons to depend on their defense against mediocre teams in the fourth quarter as much as they did under Arians. Haley’s offense in Pittsburgh will probably resemble his Cardinals offense more than his Chiefs offense, because of the players he has.

  3. cosmicatomic says: May 9, 2012 11:36 AM

    Oh wait, I thought Roethlisberger was such a self-described “cerebral” individual because he likes to play golf in the offseason. I am shocked that he’s confused about something!

  4. bettis3636 says: May 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    Todd Haley will get Ben his next 2 rings…

  5. blue18hutthutt says: May 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    Just shut up and play – when has a franchise ever needed a player’s approval to make decisions

    All those jokes about Drew Brees demands an explanation should be with “Pig Ben approves”

    This guy’s ego is out of control – any other player who openly questioned their coaching staff would be lynched by the media by now – why dose Pig Ben get a free pass?

  6. naanunaanu says: May 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    what to be confused about ? He wants you be a better QB and stop Assulting women.

    steels are gonna be in 3rd place in the AFCN this year haha

  7. theravens1 says: May 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    Confusion has always been a good thing for Ben!

  8. CKL says: May 9, 2012 11:48 AM

    Roethlisberger said he’s going into his relationship with Haley with an open mind, and without any preconceived notions about what Haley will be like.

    “You have to form your own opinion, and we’re starting to do that, starting to develop a relationship and we’ll see where it goes,” Roethlisberger said.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Now I’M confused. He said recently that he called other guys who played for Haley to get their opinions and said some were good and some bad. So how is that going into this with an open mind and no preconceived notions? To me, that would suggest calling no one, and just judging for oneself when one met him and worked with him.

  9. preston0036 says: May 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    hate all you want But you wish your Team had Big Ben lol i love having him Two time Champ! Been to Three Bowls Damnit!!!!

  10. daysend564 says: May 9, 2012 11:59 AM

    Football fans who are not Steelers apologists are “still confused” why you aren’t in jail.

  11. Steeley McBeam says: May 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    Heres the description of the podcast”

    “Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger phones in to chat with Rich about a variety of topics, including his recent graduation at Miami University (where he earned a degree in Education) and the retirement of legendary Steelers receiver Hines Ward. Big Ben also discusses how he’s matured in recent years and how life has changed for him as a married man. Finally, he delves into the details of his much speculated relationship with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.”

    So out of all those positive topics you selected the only one you could put a negative spin on.

  12. gottapoop says: May 9, 2012 12:14 PM

    Roethlisberger “still confused” how Haley will change Steelers’ offense?

    I’m not. As a fellow chiefs fan, I will unsolve this mystery. He will call draw plays even if it is 3rd and 8 or 3rd and 20. He will go for it on 4th and 5 but kick it on 4th and 1. He will bring in backup QB for only one play,long enough to break his finger.

    Good luck Steelers. Haley isnt a mastermind like he thinks.

  13. gooboy6 says: May 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    How could a guy this stupid have won 2 rings at QB ?

  14. cbass59 says: May 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    Do any of you read the actual article or just the headline?

    Ben is not confused about the offense. He’s confused why people say things are going to change because Haley has always been a pass-oriented OC (see Arizona) and he’s not going to change his style.

    Do haters have to hate everything?

  15. enoughofthatalready says: May 9, 2012 12:19 PM

    joetoronto says:
    May 9, 2012 11:32 AM
    A crackhead and a rapist, this should end well.

    I do not remember ever hearing that BR is a crackhead and he is not a rapist. Gimme a break. Do you actually believe that he asked a hotel clerk to fix the TV in his room before raping her in Nevada or raped the woman in Georgia that willingly went with BR’s bodyguards to be escorted into the bathroon where he was waiting?

  16. enoughofthatalready says: May 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    daysend564 says:
    May 9, 2012 11:59 AM
    Football fans who are not Steelers apologists are “still confused” why you aren’t in jail.

    Wrong. I fit your bill and I am not confused as to why BR is not in jail. He raped noone, that is why. Cannot be in jail for the Nevada case because there was never any criminal charges filed. Only a civil suit after the nutjob bragged about having sex with BR and hoped she was having his baby. Case was settled because cost of trial was a lot more than the ridiculously low settlement money for a supposed “rape”. Not enough evidence to support rape in Georgia. Woman changed her story 3 times and followed BR around all night and requested to “hang out” with BR to Willie Colon. He probably should have been held in jail in the beginning until the criminal charges were dropped but that is it.

  17. bobhpine says: May 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    He’s not in jail because he was never charged with a crime. The legal system is funny like that.

  18. enoughofthatalready says: May 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    If Peyton Manning spoke out about his coaches, we would be lauded as a prince. BR is right to question a new offensive coordinator. The guy has a great regular season record, has won 2 Super Bowls and 3 AFC Championships. Early in BR’s career, the offensive coordinators rotated often. What has Haley done since the Super Bowl year in Arizona?

  19. textexington says: May 9, 2012 12:30 PM

    Packers won Superbowl XLV 31-25 over Big Bendover and the Quitsburg Squealers.LOLZ.

  20. fsf7 says: May 9, 2012 12:32 PM

    daysend564 says:May 9, 2012 11:59 AM

    Football fans who are not Steelers apologists are “still confused” why you aren’t in jail.
    ————————————————

    Ignorant people who have no concept that police investigations and evidence showed that while a lewd act may have occured, a crime did not are “still confused”.

    Seriously – how much of the incidents that took place in Midgeville and Nevada do you know about and how much comes from innuendo?

    In Midgeville, the girls followed Roethlisberger’s group from bar to bar. When Roethlisberger threw out all but one of the girls from the VIP section, they all became angry and vindictive. They were the ones that said the girl was taken forcibly to the bathroom, which they did not see, and the door was locked, but the door did not have a lock. They were the ones that told the police she was raped and when she went to the hospital and was examined, there was no evidence of rape and no DNA.

    In Nevada, the girl publicly stated she hoped she was pregnant with Ben’s baby and considered herself his girlfriend.

    Roethlisberger may have been an arrogant jerk – but he did not commit a crime.

  21. southpaw2k says: May 9, 2012 12:35 PM

    The Steelers have a down year (by their standards) once every 4 or 5 years. They had their down year the season following their most recent Super Bowl win, so I’ll believe Haley’s play calling chaos when I see it. They’ll be right in the thick of things come December/January, and I’d be pretty shocked if they weren’t.

  22. randallflagg52 says: May 9, 2012 12:39 PM

    “Change doesn’t happen a lot in Pittsburgh,” Roethlisberger said. “They just don’t have a lot of changeover. So any time you lose a coach, a player — it would be uncomfortable, even, to lose an equipment guy or a training guy because everybody in Pittsburgh is family.

    ==================================

    Roethlisberger is right about one thing. Everyone in Pittsburgh is family. Bunch of inbred hill people living in that town.

  23. matthewmtg45 says: May 9, 2012 12:42 PM

    Simply put: It is due to Pittsburgh being a “true threat” in the NFL ever since Ben has arrived, as to why other fans of different teams feel the desire/need to continue to make “cracks” at him.

    Jealousy/Bitterness.

    Personally, I take this as a compliment being a Steeler fan.

  24. blacknole08 says: May 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    Change is something Roethlisberger should get used to because his team as a whole will look completely different come Week 1.

  25. originalsteelcurtain says: May 9, 2012 12:47 PM

    gotapoop, you are a Chiefs fan, your team hasn’t been relevant since the Len Dawson days, so I’m taking your comments with a grain of salt.

    After surviving the tenure of Bruce Arians, stilernation is excited to stat fresh with Todd Haley.

  26. footballhistorian says: May 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    Haley is going to screw this team up for a year or 2 and then get let go. He’s a serious head case.

  27. ademell1 says: May 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    Roethlisberger needs to stop crying and suck it up. You don’t always keep your coordinators.

    BESIDES….Haley is better. Look what he did with Kurt Warner, who people thought was over the hill?

    Big Ben is arguably the best QB in the NFL. If he had a Drew Brees offensive line, that would be brought up a lot more often but since his OL’s haven’t been that gr8 he’s done as well as he could with what he’s got.

    Not that they addressed the OL, got a great X&O guy in Haley who’s really inventive…I honestly think this could be Big Ben’s biggest year in the NFL.

    He’s going to have the bets protection he’s had in year up front, a coach who will tak advantage of what you do best and isn’t afraid to take chances with his playcalls (gotta love those kind of coordinators with balls).

    I’m confused that Big Ben is confused and notn doing eveything he can t gte in tune with this offense. If you do Ben, you’ll have the biggest season of your life.

  28. deathonwings410 says: May 9, 2012 1:02 PM

    Big Ben will make it work no matter what as much as I hate to say the boy is a playmaker…I hope we can limit him next year!

  29. CKL says: May 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    blue18hutthutt says: May 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    This guy’s ego is out of control – any other player who openly questioned their coaching staff would be lynched by the media by now – why dose Pig Ben get a free pass?
    __________________________________
    WHAT???? Aren’t you a Colts fan???? I’m guessing you’ve forgotten how Manning was completely sympathized with when he said this (paraphrase) about the new offensive staff after Moore moved on:

    “There’s not a lot of coaching going on, I can assure you of that”.

    Or this after Polian et al were fired (paraprhase):

    “This is not a comfortable place for healing”.

    Looks like you are letting your fandom do the talking, not facts.

  30. sudz28 says: May 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    @daysend564:
    “Football fans who are not Steelers apologists are “still confused” why you aren’t in jail.”

    No they aren’t; even a moron understands you don’t go to jail unless you’re both charged and convicted of a crime. Since neither has happened to Ben, everyone who has an IQ over the mid-60’s knows why he isn’t in jail.

    I guess I now know why you may be confused though.

  31. raven410 says: May 9, 2012 1:11 PM

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here…but I don’t think Ben likes Todd. This will be an interesting season in the AFC North.

  32. randallflagg52 says: May 9, 2012 1:20 PM

    Haley is a nutcase, remember the whole paranoid wiretap episode he had in KC? Can’t wait to watch this team implode.

  33. yelix says: May 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    @originalsteelcurtain

    The Steelers were only relevant in the 90’s and early 2000’s because of Bill Cowher, who got his job because of his performance as the defensive coordinator of the…Kansas City Chiefs. They may not have won any Super Bowls under Marty Schottenheimer, but they beat the Steelers every time they played them.

    Also, November 12th. Monday Night Football, Chiefs vs. Steelers. Chiefs always play tough against the Steelers, they have 12 days to prepare, and they know Haley’s offense.

  34. all32 says: May 9, 2012 1:30 PM

    Why is anyone still talking about the Steelers didn’t they form a new league?

  35. citizenstrange says: May 9, 2012 1:52 PM

    This is Roethlisberger’s attempt at being clever. After all he’s a self-admitted “pretty cerebral guy.”

  36. steel2372 says: May 9, 2012 2:01 PM

    The Steelers are going to be just fine. Its funny to me how all the haters come on here saying oh the Steelers are going to finish 3rd or last in this division. This team had an excellent draft and brought in huge talent for an offensive line that was in shambles last year. I tell you this much, with this top ranked defense and now an offensive heading in the right direction, this team is going to be tough in the future. The foundation is already set they are just reloading. I still think The Steelers will be a top team in the league and Big Ben will win at least one more ring before his career is over.

  37. holeinone09 says: May 9, 2012 2:07 PM

    Let’s see. Steelers fill huge needs at OL. Steelers get new blood for offensive play calling. Ben has a nice quiet off season.

    Looks like the haters are scared to death of the Steelers offensive firepower this coming season. Looks like 14-2 or better to me.

  38. steelymcbeam6 says: May 9, 2012 2:08 PM

    Yelix…only relevant during the 90s and 00s eh?? You realize thats two decades right? Most teams havent been relevant, well, ever! I think most teams would take two decades of relevance….and how about the 70s when we won 4 SBs? Moron.

  39. fancyleague says: May 9, 2012 2:11 PM

    Ravens fans really aren’t handling the Cundiff incident very well.

  40. ravenator says: May 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    Tebow’d by a backup QB? Damn, that defense needs some serious work.

  41. yelix says: May 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    @stelymcbeam6

    I meant they were only relevant at that point in time indirectly because of the Chiefs. I realize that the Steelers were the best team of the 1970’s and I have a lot of respect for those teams.

  42. bozosforall says: May 9, 2012 2:55 PM

    “So any time you lose a coach, a player — it would be uncomfortable, even, to lose an equipment guy or a training guy because everybody in Pittsburgh is family.”

    As opposed to the Pats, who will throw a player out on his ear for virtually any reason. Least loyal team and fan base to player in America. Why any player would want to put up with that crap is beyond me. After all, it’s not like they have won any rings lately. Better to go to Pittsburgh, where their players have won two rings in the last 6 years and where they do treat each other like family.

  43. bozosforall says: May 9, 2012 2:57 PM

    CKL says:
    May 9, 2012 1:07 PM
    blue18hutthutt says: May 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    This guy’s ego is out of control – any other player who openly questioned their coaching staff would be lynched by the media by now – why dose Pig Ben get a free pass?
    __________________________________
    WHAT???? Aren’t you a Colts fan???? I’m guessing you’ve forgotten how Manning was completely sympathized with when he said this (paraphrase) about the new offensive staff after Moore moved on:

    “There’s not a lot of coaching going on, I can assure you of that”.

    Or this after Polian et al were fired (paraprhase):

    “This is not a comfortable place for healing”.

    Looks like you are letting your fandom do the talking, not facts.

    __
    “Looks like you are letting your fandom do the talking, not facts.”

    You need to give that advice to your fellow Pats fans…because they are the biggest homer idiots on the planet.

  44. bozosforall says: May 9, 2012 3:02 PM

    textexington says:
    May 9, 2012 12:30 PM
    Packers won Superbowl XLV 31-25 over Big Bendover and the Quitsburg Squealers.LOLZ.

    __
    Pittsburgh = Six time Super Bowl champs
    Breen Gay = Only four

    LOLZ at the Texas idiot.

  45. td40 says: May 9, 2012 3:21 PM

    gooboy6 says:
    May 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    How could a guy this stupid have won 2 rings at QB ?
    ———————————————-

    The first one was handed to him. he did zero to earn it, playing one of his worst games ever as a pro. JaMarcus Russell could have “earned” a ring as a Steelers QB that day.

    (When I was trying to think of a poor QB who could have done as much to earn the ring as Ben did*, I tried to at least pick an example who was somehow similar to Ben. In this case, it was obesity.)

  46. mmmpierogi says: May 9, 2012 3:30 PM

    ravenator says: May 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    Tebow’d by a backup QB? Damn, that defense needs some serious work.

    ************************************************************************

    First in passing defense and total defense? There are areas for improvement, but it could be a lot worse, homer. Say something that actually requires thought instead of spewing the same garbage every time you open your mouth.

  47. rexismybff says: May 9, 2012 11:26 PM

    joetoronto says:
    May 9, 2012 11:32 AM
    A crackhead and a rapist, this should end well.

    =======================

    And yet, you can point to no evidence that either man did either of the things you accuse them of. You must feel so manly.

    How’s that thing going for you where you and your friends accuse Obama of not being born in America? Do you have him out of office yet?

  48. tiggerblood says: May 10, 2012 7:49 AM

    This is starting to sound more and more like discontent in the burgh. Could he be slowly pushing for a trade? Also I think of years past of Super Bowl contenders and when the window of opportunity closes it slams shut! Numbers from last year mean nothing. Ageing defense, salary cap woes, disgruntled players and of course delusional fans. If they were a ship her name would be Titanic! Fasten your life jacket and Godspeed “steeler nation”!

  49. mostlombardisintheleague says: May 10, 2012 9:44 AM

    textexington says:
    May 9, 2012 12:30 PM
    Packers won Superbowl XLV 31-25 over Big Bendover and the Quitsburg Squealers.LOLZ.

    ——————
    Superbowl XLV
    Pittsburgh’s offense – 26 pts, including 3 turnovers
    Green Bay’s offense – 25 pts, 0 turnovers

    Green Bay got very very lucky that day.

  50. mdavid36 says: May 10, 2012 9:53 AM

    better this comes out now than in december. Number 7 here we come.

  51. jetfanfolife says: May 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    I could understand how he can be confused. I mean after all, in his mind he thinks “No” means “Yes”

  52. eggersthejerk says: May 10, 2012 10:05 PM

    bozosforall says:May 9, 2012 3:02 PM

    textexington says:
    May 9, 2012 12:30 PM
    Packers won Superbowl XLV 31-25 over Big Bendover and the Quitsburg Squealers.LOLZ.

    __
    Pittsburgh = Six time Super Bowl champs
    Breen Gay = Only four

    LOLZ at the Texas idiot.

    ———————————————————-

    Green Bay: 13 NFL championships

    Pittsburgh: 6 NFL championships

    LOLZ at the Pittsburgh fools who insist the NFL wasn’t around before 1965.

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