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Roethlisberger denies there’s a rift with Haley

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Even though he was using Bruce Arians’ language in a no-huddle drive, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said there’s no rift between him and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Roethlisberger used signals to his receivers that were standard when Arians was offensive coordinator, and have since been added to Haley’s playbook. But he didn’t want to make it sound as if he preferred his old play-callers ways.

“I really didn’t think it would get blown up as much as it did, and I know some people are saying that I’ve been resistant to Todd,” Roethlisberger said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But it’s one of those things that we went to Todd, and it’s in the playbook now. It was simply a signal that I used with our receivers on two different occasions. One was on the fourth-and-1, we got the ball to Mike [Wallace]. The other one was later on third down to Emmanuel [Sanders]. We converted both plays. It worked out.”

Roethlisberger can downplay it, and it’s obviously early. But it’s obviously also worth watching.

The quarterback also had what he called “one little incident” with Haley in the opener against Denver, from which he walked away.

Arians, now the Colts’ offensive coordinator, still has a close relationship with his old quarterback. Roethlisberger said they “talk every week.”

Until he and Haley create results on the field, people in Pittsburgh are going to wonder if their relationship will ever reach that same level.

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49 Responses to “Roethlisberger denies there’s a rift with Haley”
  1. steelersownyou says: Sep 26, 2012 8:12 AM

    Big Ben showing why he’s elite. Now if the defense could ever do the same instead of blowing the games. Like in super bowl against the packers, late game winning drive against mediocre offenses such as Ravens, and broncos last year. And Raiders and Broncos this year we would be fine! I’m noticing a disturbing trend here defense! Get it together! Ben throwing for almost 400 yards and 4 td’s should be more than enough! Haters don’t hate him cause he’s awesome!

  2. kurtrundell says: Sep 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    Todd Haley has to be the most arrogant, insecure prick in a league full of them. The guy gets along with nobody.

  3. gpry says: Sep 26, 2012 8:16 AM

    Everywhere Haley goes there seems to be some smoke….

  4. h3min1230 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:25 AM

    Hate this guy. Feels like he’s trying to shove it in our face that he’s a changed person.

  5. gsr1191 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:25 AM

    ” Until he and Haley create results on the field, people in Pittsburgh are going to wonder if their relationship will ever reach that same level. ”

    ummmm im pretty sure the offense (26 ppg ) or Ben ( 109 QB Rating) havent been the issue here. Its the defense’s lack of ability to make any sort of stop or turnover when needed

  6. thoff1525 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:26 AM

    Results on the field? Ben put up over 30 points last week. Receivers fumbled and their defense couldn’t stop the Raiders. Loss had nothing to do with lack of offensive production due to a “rift” between Ben and Todd.

  7. chuckxx says: Sep 26, 2012 8:28 AM

    Isn’t it interesting that people said Haley and Pioli couldn’t get along and now we keep hearing these rumblings again in Pittsburgh????? Maybe there’s something to the story afterall.

  8. xblade45x says: Sep 26, 2012 8:32 AM

    It’s only a story because the media continues to make it one… The real questions are on the other side of the ball.

  9. darkglobe1 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:33 AM

    “Until he and Haley create results on the field, people in Pittsburgh are going to wonder if their relationship will ever reach that same level.”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I don’t understand this statement. Yes, the team is 1-2, but it’s not because the offense haven’t created results on the field. The offense, and Ben in particular, have played very well.

  10. ravenatorsmom says: Sep 26, 2012 8:36 AM

    “Until he and Haley create results on the field, people in Pittsburgh are going to wonder if their relationship will ever reach that same level”.

    Ben is having nearly the best start to a season, numbers wise. The defense can’t keep a lead or get off the field on third down. How is that an issue with Haley and Ben?

  11. drew42301 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:37 AM

    31 points, 384 yards passing , 4 TD’s, no interceptions; not “results” enough for you?

  12. klownboy says: Sep 26, 2012 8:42 AM

    My Steelers have more concerns (re: lack of defense) than to focus on a silly rumor about Big Ben and Haley. The offense is fine folks!

  13. JA says: Sep 26, 2012 8:45 AM

    They’re already creating results on the field. The O is making the best of no run game and bad O-line. Ben is having a field day out there.

    Haley isn’t responsible for the D.

  14. steeelfann says: Sep 26, 2012 8:48 AM

    Give it a break.. People can’t say anything without media speculating on it.

    Ben should be loving him some Haley. Ben is going off this year. 68+%, 8 TD’s, 109+ passer rating and only 1 int. Are you kidding me?

  15. holeinone09 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:53 AM

    Worth watching?? Steelers ran 70 offensive plays, and he used old hand signals on 2, and this is worth watching?? They scored 31 points. The poor defensive play and poor special teams coverage lost the game for them, not the offense of anything Ben did or didn’t do.

  16. johnnycamparm says: Sep 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    Until he and Haley create results on the field, people in Pittsburgh are going to wonder if their relationship will ever reach that same level.
    ——————————————————–
    Um… From an offensive point of view, 904 yards passing, 8 tds – 1 int, 68.3% completions, 109.2 pr, I’d say things look pretty darn good… Defensively, on the other hand…

  17. qualityantiqueradios says: Sep 26, 2012 8:58 AM

    ‘Until Roethlisberger and Haley create results on the field’?
    Ben is 2nd in the league in QB rating, 2nd in completions, 5th in passing yards, and leads the league in touchdown passes with 8… to only 1 interception. I consider that darn good results.
    The problem lies with the nonexistent running game and a defense that gets picked apart against the pass while playing zone.
    Let’s focus on those issues instead of trying to create drama between Roethlisberger and Haley.

  18. Steeler's Will-enator says: Sep 26, 2012 8:59 AM

    The passing offense is clicking. I think WE (yeah, that’s right, I said WE, and no I don’t play for the Steelers) need to lean on it more until Mendenhall returns, and then see if the run game at least becomes servicable.

  19. Steeley McBeam says: Sep 26, 2012 9:04 AM

    The offense is off to the fastest start since long before Bruce Arians. There is absolutely no issue with the offense right now especially the passing game, the problem lies on the defensive side.

  20. jaypell says: Sep 26, 2012 9:07 AM

    Hail big Ben…one of the best

  21. sumthingobvious says: Sep 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    Why don’t people state the OBVIOUS anymore? Peyton can’t throw like he used to……..Ray Lewis isn’t the RAY LEWIS everyone expects him to be….still very good but not what you expect him to be……an used pittsburgh’s D isn’t what it used they are old……why won’t anyone acknowledge it??

  22. sumthingobvious says: Sep 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    Why don’t people state the OBVIOUS anymore? Peyton can’t throw like he used to……..Ray Lewis isn’t the RAY LEWIS everyone expects him to be….still very good but not what you expect him to be……pittsburgh’s D isn’t what it used to be they are old……why won’t anyone acknowledge it??

  23. stoogy says: Sep 26, 2012 9:26 AM

    Ben is trash. Ben had a chance in both losses to put together a game winning drive. week 1 he threw a pic 6 week 3 he could even get in FG range. CP3 did though.

  24. ziggy26 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    Really strange final line to this story. Clearly, the passing game has been a strength. Roethlisberger leads the league in passing TDs, is fourth in passing yards, second in passer rating, and has thrown one interception in 120 attempts.

    Haley and Roethlisberger are producing. The defense has been the problem.

  25. joemammy says: Sep 26, 2012 9:47 AM

    Roethlisberger denies a lot of things. Why would anyone believe anything he says?

  26. ravenator says: Sep 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    Wow what a joke. This team is collapsing. Ben and Haley are completely at odds. Expect a losing season and no playoffs Pittsburgh

  27. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 26, 2012 10:04 AM

    “Roethlisberger denies there’s a rift with Haley”

    ..but that won’t stop you from writing stories suggesting that there is.

  28. dexterismyhero says: Sep 26, 2012 10:07 AM

    @steelersownyou says:Sep 26, 2012 8:12 AM
    =================================
    You have no running game and that is why your QB has thrown the football so much. Oh and the 1 pic was a pic 6.

    The only thing you own is a 1-2 record chump.

  29. jjackwagon says: Sep 26, 2012 10:12 AM

    Judging by the offensive production on the field, if there is a “rift” it needs to continue. It’s well documented that Haley is not easy to get along with, so what. It just makes it easier to cut him loose when he stops producing. But so far I think the Offense is doing pretty damn good.

  30. bluebongzilla says: Sep 26, 2012 10:17 AM

    Todd Haley has a history of not playing well with others. This is at least his 4th team where this has been an issue. Haley and TO with the Cowboys, Haley and Boldin in AZ, Haley and Dwayne Bowe in KC, Haley and Roethlisberger in PGH, who did I miss? Then there’s a list of public disputes Haley has had with other coaches, too.

  31. sudz28 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    While I agree in general the offense has been more prolific, I completely disagree with how Haley has been handling things. A decent ground game is CRUCIAL to success in the NFL, and although yes the offense scored 31 points on Sunday, the ability to run down the clock by handing the ball off would have secured the victory late in the game. Instead, for 3 straight weeks Haley has insisted on this ridiculous ‘running back by committee’ setup where he rotates any one of FIVE different backs onto the field. This never, ever works anywhere, and the running numbers for all 3 weeks show it. Time to get off the fence, pick a PRIMARY back to get 80% of the carries, and let it ride. Spreading the runs out so that each back only gets maybe 4 or 5 touches per game ensures that none of them will ever have any success.

  32. ferrell5 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    Is anyone really surprised that this stuff follows Haley. Whether its true or not, he just has this air of scumbag entitlement that seems pretty clear to most.

  33. JA says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    It follows him b/c some stuff has happened in the past and now the media wants to nit pick everything the guy does and turn it into a possible blow up.

  34. stoogy says: Sep 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    ben still trash

  35. mysteryqueen7 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:18 PM

    The reason all of this is confusing is because I thought Ben was actually the one that said there was a rift between him and Todd Haley and now he’s coming back and denying the rift. WOW! It must be that Good Ole Pittsburgh Steelers PR at work. LOL! Why did Ben ever put this out there to start with?

  36. mysteryqueen7 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:18 PM

    The reason all of this is confusing is because I thought Ben was actually the one that said there was a rift between him and Todd Haley and now he’s coming back and denying the rift. WOW! It must be that Good Ole Pittsburgh Steelers PR at work. LOL! Why did Ben ever put this out there to start with?

  37. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    After 8 seasons and 112 career starts, Roethlisberger appears to be finally having a breakout season.
    About time!!!
    Still, three games do not make a season, especially since those three games have been against some pretty bad teams…
    To be honest, I’ll be so glad when the “Big Ben Era” is finally over … so the Steelers can get back to being a TEAM…
    When will it ever end!?

  38. steelersownyou says: Sep 26, 2012 4:03 PM

    Once he’s gone bobzilla steelers will be kind of like the browns. Unless they happen to draft a phenom of bens caliber. And we all know thats impossible!

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:24 PM

    Steelersownyou:
    You do realize, don’t you, that the Steelers won a lot of games prior to 2004? Are you that new to the Steelers’ crowded bandwagon that you can’t recall the team winning with Bubby Brister, Neil O’Donnell. Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox?
    And please don’t talk about Super Bowls. Roethlisberger hasn’t played well in any of three in which he’s played.
    Right now, Roethlisberger is having the kind of season expected from a 100-million-dollar quarterback: 8 TD passes, 1 interception and over 900 yards passing through three games. That’s all terrific!!
    But please don’t pretend that’s he’s played this well throughout his career. He hasn’t.
    The Steelers haven’t been “the Browns” since the 1960s. I’m pretty sure we’ll all survive without Ben Roethlisberger and his massive ego.

  40. stoogy says: Sep 26, 2012 6:48 PM

    No matter what his stats are he was not able to put a drive together at the end of both the losses that the steelers have to win the game. Elite QB can finish games. Ben has not been able to put together a game winning drive yet this year.

  41. yinzgotsix says: Sep 26, 2012 8:18 PM

    stoogy is EXACTLY right. Ben could have led this team to 3-0 but he failed. I thought Ben was a “winner” and stats didn’t matter because he would always find a way to get it done. Elite QB’s don’t need a top 10 defense to win games. Flacco’s still winning games with a subpar defense. To those who are so proud of Bens 8 TD passes, do you know who else has 8? Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  42. steelersownyou says: Sep 26, 2012 9:55 PM

    Bens lombardi’s = 2… Flacco, fitzpatrick, brister, tomczak, stewart, maddox, odonnell = 0….Sorry but elite hall of fame Qb’s are always measured by the hardware. Stoogy, bobzilla and yinzgotsix. You suckas have just been served!

  43. rafterman1957 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    Dick Lebeau’s D can’t seem to stop anyone, anymore. That is the reason we are losing games.

  44. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    steelersownyou:
    You’re really stuck on those Super Bowls, aren’t you?
    — Super Bowl 40: Your beloved Ben had the lowest passer rating in Super Bowl history. The TEAM bailed him out with a 21-10 win.
    — Super Bowl 43: Your beloved Ben struggled for 57 minutes against the absolute worst defensive team in Super Bowl history. He produced 13 points before he put together a touchdown drive against a PREVENT defense. That TD drive was made relevant by James Harrison’s spectacular 100-yard interception return for a TD, which is regarded as the greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history.
    Let’s review: Two Super Bowl wins, one TD pass, zero Super Bowl MVP awards.
    Do you want me to even mention Super Bowl 45? Of course you do. A pick six (7) in a six-point loss.

    rafterman:
    You are absolutely right about the defense. The Steelers are losing games because Dick LeBeau’s defense is no longer capable of carring the team.
    Guilty as charged…
    By the way: The Ravens’ defense is ranked 27th. The Steelers’ defense is ranked 18th. The Ravens are 2-1. The Steelers are 1-2.
    Football’s a funny game.

  45. rafterman1957 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:30 PM

    The Steeler D just ain’t what it used to be, as the Raiders proved on Sunday. Losing games in the fourth quarter is becoming the norm. We would have lost the Super Bowl against the Cards for the same reason if not for Ben’s 2 minute drill.

    Dick has had his time, but all good things…

  46. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 29, 2012 5:34 PM

    rafterman:
    Are you actually saying that Harrison’s pick-six in Super Bowl 43 was insignificant?
    Harrison’s dazzling pick-six, by the way, was set up by a Roethlisberger interception that had placed the Cardinals’ high-powered offense at point-blank range near the end of the first half.
    LeBeau’s under-appreciated defense, like it had done so often throughout the 2008 season, turned the game and allowed Roethlisberger’s only TD pass in two Super Bowl wins to be, you know, relevant…
    As for last week’s game in Oakland: Troy Polamalu didn’t play. The Steelers’ record without Polamalu is 13-10.

  47. rafterman1957 says: Sep 30, 2012 2:46 AM

    The D has been giving up leads in the second half on a regular basis. Sunday was a prime example of it, but by no means the only one.

    I agree with you about Polamalu’s importance. In fact I find it pretty troublesome that we are so reliant on him. He’s a great player, no question. But how much longer does he have? With his playing style, not so long.

    My point is that Lebeau can’t coach forever and Troy can’t play forever. It is time to begin to explore life without them. No one lasts forever in this game, player or coach.

  48. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 10:11 AM

    What kind of second-half leads have the Steelers’ defense been giving up? Twenty-point leads? Fourteen-point leads? Ten-point-point leads? Three-point leads? One-point leads?
    You Roethlisberger Apologists are hilarious.
    Your decision to dodge my question about Harrison’s greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history speaks volumes.
    Your silence is golden.

  49. rafterman1957 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:25 AM

    The Steeler D has been giving up leads and not getting off the field on third downs for the past couple of seasons.

    Harrison made a great play, he’s paid to make great plays. Troy is paid to make great plays as well. What’s your point? The fact that great players make great plays doesn’t change the fact that overall the D is getting older, and slipping, and LeBeau’s schemes have been exposed. The fact that they FINALLY moved Farrior out has helped, but it’s not enough, it’s time to retool.

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