Roethlisberger says he likes the dink-and-dunk offense

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As Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Steelers offensive coordinator inch toward a confrontation that coach Mike Tomlin regards as inevitable, Roethlisberger is fashioning a tapestry of passive-aggressive sound bites aimed at needling Haley or building support from the fans, or both.

Over the weekend, Roethlisberger referred to Halley’s offense as a “dink-and-dunk” attack.  Though the term widely is regarded in football circles as derisive, Ben now saws that he actually is a fan of dinking and dunking.

That wasn’t meant in a negative way,” Roethlisberger said Thursday, via Jarrett Bell of USA Today.  “Coach Haley and I had a laugh about it this morning.  To dink and dunk, that’s moving the chains, and it will open up big plays.  The Patriots dink and dunk, too.”

And when those big plays come, maybe Roethlisberger will refer to the offense as “chuck and duck.”  In a positive way.

Here’s the reality.  The Steelers got rid of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in part because he and Roethlisberger were regarded as being too close, to the point where there was real concern that Arians was creating game plans with an eye toward showcasing the quarterback, which could have impacted the broader effort to win games.  Right or wrong, Haley’s presence is aimed in part at enhancing the overall effort by not allowing Roethlisberger to get too reckless with the ball or his body.

The fact that Haley has yet to engage Roethlisberger via the media is a good sign.  The Steelers knew that it would take time for Ben to buy in to the new approach, and they’re wisely tolerating his periodic public pissing and moaning about dinking and dunking or chucking and ducking or whatever he may publicly piss and/or moan about.

44 responses to “Roethlisberger says he likes the dink-and-dunk offense

  1. From comments Tomlin made last week I believe he would be very, very happy of BR stopped talking about this. So why doesn’t he? The guy just plain doesn’t like listening to his coaches and doesn’t respect coaches who help him win if they are too “authoritarian” for his liking (Whiz, Haley, Cowher). He probably should have played an individual sport, not football.

    Cam Newton is taking a lot of public guff for his comments recently as possibly being anti his current OC…why does BR not get the same level and amount of scrutiny? This site is one of the few places one even hears of “BR vs Haley”. In all honesty, I’d compare him and Cam more as far as skillset than I’d compare Cam to any other current QB.

  2. The more time passes without incident, this feels like its a non issue. The Steelers are losing games because of an aging defense. Sure Mike Wallace’s recent butterfingers act isn’t fun but you can point to the D’s inability to make the stops they used to make 3 seasons ago as a bigger problem.

  3. Funny, those of us that have been watching football a long time know that the only ones that regard the dink and dunk as derisive are the ones beaten by it.

  4. He can “piss and moan” all he wants. 3 super bowl appearances and 2 super bowl rings gives him the right! Not to mention he is a front runner right now for mvp! Eat it haters!

  5. Ben has not pissed and moaned about Haley or the new offense even though he has been goaded by pundits to do just that. All Ben cares about is winning.

  6. or he gets along with Haley and is enjoying the new offense? but that wouldn’t get article hits like trying to conjure up a butting of heads, would it?

  7. Ed Bouchette of the Post Gazette said it best that it’s the media outside of Pittsburgh hoping for some Roethlisberger-Haley blowup because it makes for a story. Assumptions and bits and pieces of quotes being shaped to generate drama that isn’t there. He’s having the best year of his career WITHOUT a running game and an offensive line manned by backups… Haley and Roethlisberger are doing just fine.

  8. Haley is the best thing that could happen to Ben!
    will keep him healthy and upright, and extend his career!

  9. Bruce Arians “retired” because he wouldn’t commit to the run after Art Rooney told him to. To say he was let go because he and Ben were too close is ridiculous.

  10. People and the media keep waiting for a blow up between Big Ben and Haley. Not Happenning! Only thing those two will be blowing up is a 7th superbowl title in the future.

  11. CKL says:
    Oct 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    Cam Newton is taking a lot of public guff for his comments recently as possibly being anti his current OC…why does BR not get the same level and amount of scrutiny? This site is one of the few places one even hears of “BR vs Haley”. In all honesty, I’d compare him and Cam more as far as skillset than I’d compare Cam to any other current QB.

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    Seriously? For starters, Ben has taken his team to the playoffs in every season he has been in the league with the exception of 2. He has a playoff record of 10-3, has won 2 Super Bowls and been to 3. He is nearing every Steelers QB record. He has a career record of 83-36 and 25 game winning drives. Newton hasn’t played that many games yet.

    We know, people hate Ben, fine, we don’t care. Don’t think for a second that Newton, with all the potential in the world, is in the league of Ben Roethlisberger at this point in his career.

  12. B.R. is in the midst of a career season, so what’s there to complain about? The system should have been tweaked a couple or three years ago. The only real criticism is that the point total doesn’t equate to the yards gained, but a weak run game has something to do with that. And that part of the offense should get better before it gets worse.

  13. First off, if u ask Ben about the dink and dunk offense ur likely to get an answer about the dink and dunk offense. Athlete and coach interviews are dry, cliche filled, and generally horribly boring. Can we not get on these guys about stating their honest opinion every now and then. Plus Big Ben has a right to be upset, even tho he seems not to be. He’s a top 5 qb and he should be throwing it all over the place. Of course according to the most recent top 100 people still rank rivers over Ben. Hahahahahahahahaha

  14. That dink and dunk offense got him to the SB….that and a stellar defense that would score as much as the offense.

    BR is a diva and will never considered for an MVP.

    Notice how for a 2-time SB “winner” he never gets mentioned in all this talk of top 5, top 10 QB’s in the league.

  15. Throughout the season, both Haley and Ben have made tiny sound bits(sub-component of a sound-byte) referencing that they’ve yet to open up this offense and that the big plays will come and that they both enjoy (thrive on ?) the no-huddle. To me that sounds like it’s been conservative so far. Last Sunday we had the first gadget play and before that the 82 yard bomb to Wallace. Maybe as the o-line shows signs of strengthening and the defense tightens up, they will start to pull the trigger. So far it’s nice having Ben not limping to and from the huddle.

  16. The media seems to try and try to make a deal out of Haley and Ben. Come on lets get back to some TEBOW talk, its friday.

  17. ravenator says:Oct 26, 2012 11:47 AM

    Must be that dink and dunk offense that has your team at a mediocre .500 record

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    Even the most idiotic raven fans would trade their left leg to get Ben over that bum Flacco.

  18. “The Steelers knew that it would take time for Ben to buy in to the new approach, and they’re wisely tolerating his periodic public pissing and moaning about dinking and dunking or chucking and ducking or whatever he may publicly piss and/or moan about.”

    Either that, or more likely, the Steelers (unlike you) realize that he is not really pissing and moaning about anything and see his comments for what they are – which is no big deal.

  19. “The Patriots dink and dunk, too.”

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    Wow, someone finally calls out the Tom Brady for being Captain Checkdown, and it’s Ben Roethlisberger of all people. Can’t believe I’m agreeing with him. The world must be coming to an end in December.

  20. smhdh says:
    Oct 26, 2012 10:48 AM
    “probably because he misheard it as ‘drink and drunk’ when it was first described to him”

    Post of the Day!

  21. I think we can stop saying the Steelers defense is old. After 6 weeks they are ranked #1 again in total defense.

  22. Ya cause 45 people havent said “drink and drunk” on here already. It’s played put. Like a flacco checkdown to rice pass!

  23. @bmwm6power says:Oct 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    I think we can stop saying the Steelers defense is old. After 6 weeks they are ranked #1 again in total defense.
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    Nope. that would be the 49ers.

  24. Bring on the Ravens. Ben will have their beat-up, old defense on the field so long that Flacco will be like a deer in headlights when he’s forced to pass and Woodley and Timmons ring his bell.

  25. Ravens fans: You better make a deal and draft Barkley from USC . . . you ain’t going nowhere with wide-eyed Joe and your old defense. Steelers are gettin’ healthy, Baltimorons getting old and hurt. When Reed retires, it’ll get even worse.

  26. @dexterismyhero says:Oct 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    I think we can stop saying the Steelers defense is old. After 6 weeks they are ranked #1 again in total defense.
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    Nope. that would be the 49ers.

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    Nah. 49ers are ranked #4 in total defense.

  27. bmwm6power says:Oct 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    @dexterismyhero says:Oct 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    I think we can stop saying the Steelers defense is old. After 6 weeks they are ranked #1 again in total defense.
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    Nope. that would be the 49ers.

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    Nah. 49ers are ranked #4 in total defense.

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    Who care? In the only stat that matter, points per game, the steelers aren’t even in the top 10. And that’s after playing offensive juggernauts like the Raiders and Titans.

    Oh and before you talk smack about the Ravens defense, they have only given up 1 more point per game, and they’ve played Houston, New England, Philly and Dallas.

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