Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed some displeasure with the offensive play calling after Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Cowboys, creating fears of dysfunction on the offense as the team moves into a game it must win to make the playoffs this season.
Coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Roethlisberger’s postgame comments during his Tuesday press conference and did his best to bury worries about a disconnect between his quarterback and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Tomlin chalked up Roethlisberger’s comments to frustration after a loss and said that everyone is still pulling in the same direction in Pittsburgh.
“I met with Ben yesterday. He’s ready to move forward and he’s on board with what we’re doing,” Tomlin said, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com.
If this were the first negative comment from Roethlisberger about the offense, it would be a bit easier to accept that it was just frustration boiling over. There have been other utterances from Roethlisberger casting doubt on what the Steelers are doing offensively, though, and that suggests something more at play.
Either way, the Steelers have to figure out a way to get everything working as well as possible before the Bengals show up on Sunday afternoon.