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Haley senses no concern in Roethlisberger over changes

Todd Haley AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has admitted from time to time that he was and still is concerned about the changes on offense in Pittsburgh.  Offensive coordinator Todd Haley says that, if Roethlisberger is concerned, Haley hasn’t experienced it.

I haven’t sensed any of that concern, at least me personally,” Haley said Wednesday, via the Associated Press. “He’s in here, he’s working hard. He’s into it — even the days when he hasn’t practiced, he’s over my shoulder, talking, commenting, discussing.  That’s what I’ve seen out of all the good quarterbacks — really good quarterbacks — that I’ve been around act like.”

Still, Haley realizes that it’s natural to resist a new approach.  “Change is not always comfortable, and we said that right out of the gate,” Haley said.  “Sometimes when there are changes, that’s a way to keep guys on their toes and keep their focus on the understanding of what the goal is — and that is to win Super Bowls.”

It’s unclear how much the offense really will change.  Amid reports and speculation that Roethlisberger will be expected to remain in the pocket in order to minimize the number of hits he takes, Haley says he won’t take away one of the quarterback’s strengths:  throwing on the run.

“It’s one of the best things he does, and it’s what separates him from all the other guys in the league for the most part,” Haley said.  “So you don’t want to take that great ability away from him.”

More changes could be coming.  Haley, who has a reputation for being a little intense (to say the least), says that he has yet to really get going.  “I don’t flip that switch until a little later,” Haley said.  “In training camp, we’ll pick it up a notch.”

So, basically, there’s still plenty of time for Ben to be flabbergasted.

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21 Responses to “Haley senses no concern in Roethlisberger over changes”
  1. whackman says: Jun 6, 2012 9:31 PM

    must suck to be a Steeler hater…

  2. txxxchief says: Jun 6, 2012 9:39 PM

    Haley is OK as long as they let him wear the cap lined with tin foil.

  3. randallflagg52 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:44 PM

    This offense was nothing special before, can’t wait to see Haley further run it into the ground.

  4. harkonnenscum says: Jun 6, 2012 9:52 PM

    Good Pic, he’ll wear the same hat his entire tenure with the team…

  5. Deb says: Jun 6, 2012 9:59 PM

    “Sometimes when there are changes, that’s a way to keep guys on their toes and keep their focus on the understanding of what the goal is — and that is to win Super Bowls.”

    That’s exactly why I wanted Haley and am excited about what he’ll bring to the mix. As for Roethlisberger’s improvisation … you don’t need to improvise unless the offensive line implodes or your receivers are so well-covered you can’t get the pass away as planned. If the play breaks down, then I’m sure Ben will be as ready to improvise as ever. But with an improved offensive line and more balanced offense, that shouldn’t be such a regular requirement.

  6. stayclassyasheville says: Jun 6, 2012 10:25 PM

    Steelers gotta figure out who’s gonna tote the rock. The passing game will score in bunches & O line is gellin. This writer is wishin for drama

  7. lostsok says: Jun 6, 2012 10:31 PM

    As arrogant and self-absorbed as Steelers fans are…how are they going to adjust to being a last place team for the next few years? Should be fun to watch.

    They may implode.

  8. larrybrown43 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:37 PM

    Tomlin didn’t want to hire Haley. That was the beginning of the end for Tomlin and the Steelers.

  9. latrobe21 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:46 PM

    Is that a picture of Haley or Bruce Willis?

  10. textexington says: Jun 6, 2012 10:51 PM

    Rapist QB. 31-25. LOLZ.

  11. thedetroitsportsfan says: Jun 6, 2012 10:54 PM

    Big Ben has to be the most underrated top tier QB outside their hometown in the league..

  12. longhairdontcare66 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:55 PM

    @lostsok-
    As arrogant and self-absorbed as Steelers fans are…how are they going to adjust to being a last place team for the next few years? Should be fun to watch.

    They may implode.
    ———————————
    Not even a Steelers fan but they’re a legendary franchise. And it’s because of the Rooneys- behind ever great team is a great owner/family. They will always be competitive because they know the formula to build a winning team. So I’m sorry you’re a Browns fan but Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden will not carrying you to the playoffs.

  13. sellout3871 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:18 AM

    That’s the rape talking.

  14. steelcurtainn says: Jun 7, 2012 2:04 AM

    Its gonna be fun watching Haleys new offense.
    Can’t wait to see him be a part of the Steelers 7th superbowl win when Big Ben is holding the Lombardi trophy up. Eventually, Its gonna happen again.

  15. ravenator says: Jun 7, 2012 6:55 AM

    Haley = Last place in the AFCN.

    Enjoy!

  16. eggersthejerk says: Jun 7, 2012 7:46 AM

    After viewing the photo (above) of Roethlisberger I would suggest the first order of business is to get him a BIG glass of prune juice.

    He has a look on his face like he’s constipated.

  17. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jun 7, 2012 9:02 AM

    Roethlisberger has led the team to three Superbowls in six years, please argue with that.

    When the Grade A 2012 Steelers draft class matures in a few years…..
    It may not happen this season, but prior to Two Time SuperBowl Champion QB Ben Roethlisberger retires, the Steelers will win their Seventh SuperBowl and still like today have the Most Lombardis In The League.

  18. steelymcbeam6 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:39 PM

    Was a Terrible HC but is a solid OC. Should be just fine.

    Although the AFCN has become one of the best divisions in football it’s still only between the steelers and ravens, whoever wins the division the other will take the wild card.

  19. Deb says: Jun 7, 2012 1:29 PM

    larrybrown43 says:

    Tomlin didn’t want to hire Haley. That was the beginning of the end for Tomlin and the Steelers.
    ————————————————–
    You need to stop getting your sports news from a couple of tin cans linked by a long string to ravenator’s house.

  20. Steeler's Will says: Jun 7, 2012 3:12 PM

    eggersthejerk says:
    Jun 7, 2012 7:46 AM
    After viewing the photo (above) of Roethlisberger I would suggest the first order of business is to get him a BIG glass of prune juice.

    He has a look on his face like he’s constipated.
    —————
    That’s not Roethlisberger, that’s Haley.

  21. lovefootball4life says: Jun 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    Great comment steelymcbeam.

    As Ravens fan we know the Steelers and Ravens will be tough but we have to be careful not to underestimate the Bengals. I’m increasingly concerned about them. Heard guys on Sirius NFL radio today state very good reasons why Bengals could be a force in the AFCN.

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