Ben Roethlisberger: No trouble with Todd Haley

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The Steelers gather for the start of organized team activities on Tuesday and all eyes will be on the offense.

It’s the first time new offensive coordinator Todd Haley will get to work with the entire offense on the field and the first time that we’ll see what kind of changes he plans after taking over from the fired Bruce Arians. It will also give us a chance to see how well Haley gets along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a relationship that has already been heavily scrutinized.

The scrutiny started when Roethlisberger and Haley took a couple of weeks to meet for the first time after Haley got the job and continued this month when Roethlisberger said he was still “confused” about Haley’s plans for the offense. Roethlisberger spoke to KDKA TV in Pittsburgh on Monday and said that talk about a problematic relationship have been overblown.

“People blew it way out of proportion,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s something new, we’re getting to know each other … There’s no trouble between us at all. When you get a comfort level of like eight years of the same thing and then you change it, it’s just something different, so I’m not saying I don’t like the playbook or anything like that,” Roethlisberger said. “Some of the stuff is really – some of the concepts are awesome, it’s just getting an understanding of something new.”

One thing Haley did in both Arizona and Kansas City is build an offense centered around the team’s strengths. In Arizona, that was throwing the ball with Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald while the Chiefs featured a run-heavy attack built around Jamaal Charles. Given the presence of Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace (when he gets his contract squared away), it is hard to believe the Steelers will get too far away from the passing game they’ve employed in recent seasons.

54 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: No trouble with Todd Haley

  1. so we get reports of how RG3 and other rookies are impressive with new systems and in OTAs, yet this bumhole is still trying to greasp the system of his new OC?!

  2. Nothing to report here….now move on.

    The offense was stale and tired with BA at the helm. Despite a personality that sometimes may be divisive, Haley has shown himself to be innovative and willing to tailor his offense to the strengths of the team. If this continues, and with the additions made through the draft, this could be a very explosive offense.

    Now get back to reporting important stories from that picture of stability and cooperation, better known as the new soap opera “As the Nest Burns” in crowville.

    GO STEELERS!

  3. It seems like Ben is actually more comfortable and also at his best when those “broken plays” allows him to scramble to his right and let those burners get open. I’m not saying he can’t run an offense cause he obviously can. Maybe it just looks that way but Steelers fans have to admit that Ben has made his living off of those “broken plays” Which is not a bad thing because he’s a winner and last time I checked fans don’t criticized a QB for playing a ugly as long as he wins games. Unless of course your name is Joe Flacco 🙂

  4. Putting with the flag still in, while on the green is a two stroke penalty. I wonder if Todd Haley taught him that.

  5. The columnist’s ,bloggers start all this made up crap just so they have something to write about

  6. While I like Todd Haley, and what he did to help get the Chiefs on the right track, let’s not go singing his praises when it comes to the Chief’s rushing attack.

    He was VERY reluctant to use Jamaal Charles, and for the first half of his tenure, he insisted on the Chiefs being a pass-first offensive attack. It wasn’t until Charles forced Haley to recognize that he was their best option to win that caused the shift to the running game.

    And even then Haley would stick Thomas Jones in the game when Charles should have been running the rock.

  7. save it RG111 lover you hope and Pray he’s half as good as Big Ben i mean sometimes you Haters need to shut the hell up lol the Nan has played nine Seasons and had one so called bad year Three Siperbowl apperances won two of them is among the five Best in the Game just give Credit sometimes talk and hate on the Regular guys lol Flaco,Grossman,Romo,Dalton,lol my guy is a Big Boy in the League!!!!! lmao

  8. With Ben and our group of receivers we should have a great passing game. I have confidence in Redman to carry the load until Mendenhall is back.
    But what it will take to make all of this possible is our offensive line. If DeCastro and Adams can step up as quick as Pouncy did and everyone can stay somewhat injury free, we should finally, at last, have a good o-line.

    Now ye’all start with the Big Ben jokes.

    Go Steelers!!!

  9. Looking forward to a revamped and likely improved Steeler offense this year. Drafting of several possible OL studs, return of Colon, new coordinator with fresh ideas, and a quiet off season for Ben. All adds up to excitement and anticipation.

  10. I’m sure there will be some growing pains, but at the end of the day players and coaches alike are expected to be professionals and know how to adapt. Sure, the usual keyboard commandos will thump their chests with each incompletion, but unfortunately for them football games aren’t played on the interwebs.

  11. bensstinkyfingers says:
    May 22, 2012 10:04 AM
    What does the pic of John Daly playing golf have to do with this article?
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    There’s no nice way to say this, but nothing will ever love you back.

  12. Hey Ben…no one would be talking about your potentially conflicting relationship with Haley let alone if it were a “big deal” if you didn’t have several interviews when he first came on board wondering why he hasn’t called you yet…then no, he still hasn’t called you…etc. You need to have a valve between your brain and your mouth and block it off sometimes. Learn to be bland, learn to be vague, or quit wondering why some things concerning you “become a big deal”.

  13. Real classy playing in bare feet…nice. Typical Stooler punk. I bet ‘Deb’ was his caddie that day.

  14. Ben’s strengths include taking advantage of women.

    How is Haley going to center the offense on that?

  15. …People blew it way out of proportion,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s something new, we’re getting to know each other … There’s no trouble between us at all….

    Translation: Todd just stayed in the stall with me willingly, didn’t have to hold him down or nothin…

  16. Nobody wants to hear anything about any team with OLD players that are washed up and the Ravens kick the cr## out of every year. They play in a very cheap mustard colored dump with a wimpy fan base who like to to wave yellow toilet paper in circles over their heads.

    Tiny Ben’s leg will be snapped in half AGAIN..trust me.

  17. Yeah. The reason these things become “a big deal” is because Ben won’t stop commenting. Arian’s offense had become a little stale and Ben made a lot of plays by buying time. Now he is afraid that Haley will be more structured and demanding. These are 2 type A guys and I’m sure there will be some friction. If they’re able to move past it they’ll be successful.

  18. I have to admit Ben did cause a little concern about the relationship with some of his comments. There are times when he should just keep silent.

  19. ravenmuscle – please stop, your making us look bad.

    who cares what 7lombardiayadayadayada says, never argue with idiots, they will bring your down to their level and beat your with experience.

  20. medtxpack says:

    so we get reports of how RG3 and other rookies are impressive with new systems and in OTAs, yet this bumhole is still trying to greasp the system of his new OC?!
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    Not what the article said, but it’s absolutely delicious to find our rivals so hormonal over what the Steelers are doing even before the season starts. We’re excited about our prospects, too! 😀

  21. Can someone please tell me where to find footage of the overtime play on January 8, 2012. I’m having a bad day and need to laugh!!!

  22. @ravenmuscle is in no way, shape or form representative of the Baltimore Ravens fan base. Please disregard his idiocy, as Sheppard Pratt must have had a jail break and he gained access to a computer (true Balto natives get it).

    Let me throw this out there folks: all of this focus on the Steeler O line and QB/OC situation, and yet nothing is being mentioned about their struggles in their secondary last year (against good teams), which I feel was never addressed.

    However, let’s fuel the fire here a bit- I hope Haley stays pass happy, as the strength of the Ravens D is our secondary. Webb, Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams, Reed and Pollard all thank you in advance Haley.

  23. Steeler’s Will says:May 22, 2012 10:32 AM

    bensstinkyfingers says:
    May 22, 2012 10:04 AM
    What does the pic of John Daly playing golf have to do with this article?
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    There’s no nice way to say this, but nothing will ever love you back.
    ——————————————
    Many Women will tell you otherwise “Steelers Will” Do Nothing Again This Year, and didnt even have to get them drunk and force into bathroom stall. Crazy Concept Huh??

  24. He’s the best dressed guy at Pittsburgh’s best country club.

    One thing about no shoes…..it make it easier to get your pants off quickly.

  25. yssupasigninnamnotyep says:

    Real classy playing in bare feet…nice. Typical Stooler punk. I bet ‘Deb’ was his caddie that day.

    ————————————————-
    Baby, you may chase around after the football players on your team like a groupie, but I don’t caddie for anyone.

  26. Haha. Ravens fan will use any blurb about Ben to try to get noticed. I guess it’s the only way. It’s like the little brother who everyone knows just will never be as good.

  27. rockthered,
    Acually we were not that bad against the pass. We slipped up against the run some, but our main problem was the O line. I’m glad we addressed it. We needed a new OC and addressed that too. Steelers will be in the hunt. Very seldom are we not.

  28. Rockthered1286, The Steelers were the #1 pass D last year. The only problem they had were getting turnovers!

    rockthered1286 says: May 22, 2012 11:53 AM

    @ravenmuscle is in no way, shape or form representative of the Baltimore Ravens fan base. Please disregard his idiocy, as Sheppard Pratt must have had a jail break and he gained access to a computer (true Balto natives get it).

    Let me throw this out there folks: all of this focus on the Steeler O line and QB/OC situation, and yet nothing is being mentioned about their struggles in their secondary last year (against good teams), which I feel was never addressed.

    However, let’s fuel the fire here a bit- I hope Haley stays pass happy, as the strength of the Ravens D is our secondary. Webb, Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams, Reed and Pollard all thank you in advance Haley.

  29. This ones for you billhicks 😉 Ravens all time win percentage against the steelers, including playoffs and with the ravens recent success against the steelers, is .368 that’s not steeler fan bias nor opinion, it’s pure fact. You have to have 5 straight regular season sweeps against the steelers just to pull up to .500. I know beating us is like winning the super bowl to ravens fans but then when finally someone does what you can never do, eliminate the steelers from The playoffs, you choke away a super bowl appearance! BOOM!

  30. The Ravens are a good team but not good enough…… Its the steelers turn to take the division, AGAIN . The only thing that separated the steelers and the ratbirds last year at 12-4 was the tie-breaker. Whippee freaking dooo!!!!!! ANDDDDDDD….. The Ravens still couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. Thats the facts………….

  31. The Browns pretty much eliminated the Superbowl Defending Champion Steelers from the playoffs in 2009 on a Thursday night in Cleveland with the game-time temperature a balmy 16F, something the Ravens have never managed to do.

    Gotta love the AFC North though, you have to have HEART to play in the weather conditions here.

  32. Haley must guard a mad a** bathroom. Super tight like prom night, hey “BIG BEN”?

  33. Big Ben plays Golf – He the man!

    Tony Romo plays Golf – OMFG HE DOESN’T LIVE AND BREATHE FOOTBALL 24/7 365 DAYS A YEAR!!!

    Yeah, makes perfect sense.

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