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Haley takes the high road on Roethlisberger

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To his credit, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley seems to be changing.

Long reputed to be a tough guy to get along with, Haley is working hard to have a good relationship with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Even if that means looking the other way in response to a clear diss from Big Ben.

That was an emotional game,” Haley said regarding Roethlisberger’s complaints about play calling after an overtime loss to the Cowboys, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “Whatever was said can’t be taken too much to the heart because that’s the way this game is.  Guys will get into it in locker rooms, in the building, on the practice field.  It’s the mindset you get into when you’re getting ready to compete and coach a big game.  There’s emotion involved.  I wouldn’t really pay much attention to anything that’s said in an emotional state of mind.”

Of course, Haley’s observation also can be regarded as an advance excuse/explanation for anything he may say “in an emotional state of mind” in the future.  In that same vein, Haley possibly has provided a pre-apology for any arguments or incidents that could unfold on the sidelines with Ben, or anyone else.

“I think healthy conflict, discussion, banter is good because it gets you to the right place and gets everyone on the same page and where you need to be,” Haley said.  “Like I’ve said a number of times when I make a call into Ben’s ear in the game I’m putting complete faith in him to make it the best call it can be.  The same goes for him.  When he hears my voice he has to trust and believe that the play coming is giving us the best chance to succeed.  You develop that in these Sunday battles against other teams.  That’s where it develops with the trust and camaraderie.  That’s what’s occurred.  There will be ups and downs because there’s emotion and a lot at stake every week.  We put a lot of time, effort and sacrifice into this.  I think a little bit of healthy conflict is a good thing.”

Still, conflict best occurs behind closed doors, away from the eyes and ears of the media.  Roethlisberger shouldn’t have taken a public slap at the play calling, and Haley’s decision to take the high road shouldn’t become a license to do the same at some point in the future.

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  1. profootballwalk says: Dec 20, 2012 11:03 PM

    I don’t want anyone who whines to the media about any part of the organization on my team. Ever. No team can win with guys pulling the wagon in different directions. And it doesn’t matter whether he’s ‘right’ about a particular play call. Suck it up, be a man, and keep your pie-hole shut. When you retire, then talk all you want.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    This team is crumbling faster than pittsburgh’s steel industry did.

  3. jsherer74 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:28 PM

    I’m not sure Haley has the personnel to run his offense in Pittsburgh after the team drafted personnel suited for Arians’ system! Either way Ben needs to shut his mouth and play! I love the guy but he hasn’t played worth a crap in big games last few years and it would seem he is getting pass…it’s either the offensive line, coordinator ect…just shut up and play! He’s been less than “Big” in recent big games! Not sure what the heck is going on with this team either. The way the players consistently make the same mistakes over and over shows me they’re poorly coached. The 2012 Steelers remind me a lot of the 2006 and 2009 Steelers and those teams didn’t finish well! I’m just glad Dan Rooney is coming back to the team, maybe he can get this turned around!

  4. kgmoome says: Dec 20, 2012 11:30 PM

    Honestly, I am enjoying this Steelers collapse.

    They should be looking at Mike Wallace, first he duffed up the end zone fumble against the Chargers, and then he hesitates tackling the cowboys guy who intercepted the pass in ot.

  5. riverhorsey says: Dec 20, 2012 11:44 PM

    “Still, conflict best occurs behind closed doors, away from the eyes and ears of the media.”

    That’s BS I want to see a coach in a guys face if he’s playing like Tinkerbell or going through the motions or playing like he didn’t know any better.

    F if the media sees flare ups on the sidelines what do they know? Haley has been great in getting the most out of his players and he doesn’t BS them he does what he says he will.

  6. ravenator says: Dec 20, 2012 11:58 PM

    Rodney’s would do themselves a favor by imploding this coaching staff and team of overpaid overhyped aging players. Some of these players seem like they qualify for social security.

  7. steelcurtainn says: Dec 21, 2012 12:12 AM

    The steelers lose a couple in a row and they are all of a sudden collapsing and crumbling. Too Funny, People say the same thing all the time and every year there are the steelers battling for the division. 2 wins and their in, and even if they didn’t get in, the steelers will always be in contention year in and year out as long as Big Ben is around.

  8. sellout3871 says: Dec 21, 2012 12:22 AM

    WHO DEY!

  9. mmmpierogi says: Dec 21, 2012 12:32 AM

    randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:17 PM

    This team is crumbling faster than pittsburgh’s steel industry did.

    **********************************************************************

    Says the guy who watches a team that’s lost three in a row and is melting down on offense. Good job.

  10. toegoat says: Dec 21, 2012 12:44 AM

    It was brown that duffed the fumble ( he should’ve just kicked it out of bounds), but regardless I get your point. The whole receiving crew has made a lot of fundamental mistakes this season. Like the “young money crew” but they dont seem to bright sometimes.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 21, 2012 1:15 AM

    Luckily for Todd, taking the high road next to Roethlisberger is a relatively easy task. Anything above sea level, basically.

  12. kappy32 says: Dec 21, 2012 2:32 AM

    Not a dumb man, I guess. Big Ben isn’t going anywhere & if he were to go head-to-head against Ben, Haley would be shown the door rather quickly.

  13. moronhater16 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:00 AM

    That was brown in end zone fumble with Chargers, not Wallace and that Chargers game was lost 20 other ways before that end zone fumble play, nothing to do with Wallace….

  14. moronhater16 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:03 AM

    But I do remember Wallace having over 100 yards receiving and TWO TDS in Charger game…How much more do you want from a single player in a game? What a moron you are!!

  15. connie73 says: Dec 21, 2012 5:23 AM

    Ben only talks when he is not getting any attention. The sports media never talks about BEN. They talk about the team they are playing
    that week. In Pgh. they think he is so great but
    that is the only place. Me I can’t stop thinking about his off the field acts.

  16. pgh15212 says: Dec 21, 2012 7:11 AM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 11:17 PM
    This team is crumbling faster than pittsburgh’s steel industry did.

    ____________________________

    The Steeler’s are so good perenially that a record of 7-7 with a good chance at the playoffs is a down year. You proved the organizational greatness of the Steelers.

    Don’t worry about the steel industry, we rebounded…quite nicely I may add.

  17. melikefootball says: Dec 21, 2012 7:55 AM

    A lot made out of nothing, not a team in the NFL,where they lose a close game that media doen’t take a comment and run with it wherever they want to.

  18. broncosfan29 says: Dec 21, 2012 9:03 AM

    moronhater16 December 21, 2012, 5:03 AM EST

    But I do remember Wallace having over 100 yards receiving and TWO TDS in Charger game…How much more do you want from a single player in a game? What a moron you are!!

    —————————————-

    and how much of that came long after the game was “over”?

  19. schmitty2 says: Dec 21, 2012 10:12 AM

    ravenator says:Dec 20, 2012 11:58 PM

    Rodney’s would do themselves a favor by imploding this coaching staff and team of overpaid overhyped aging players. Some of these players seem like they qualify for social security.

    You mean players like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis?

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 21, 2012 3:45 PM

    Even though Roethlisberger’s postgame comments were tame and harmless, this story has taken on a life of its own…
    Thursday’s USA Today ran a story with this headline: “Roethlisberger regrets ripping coordinator.”
    Ripping?
    ESPN has devoted much time on this subject, ranting that Roethlisberger is upset with Haley because Haley won’t allow him to run the “no huddle offense” more frequently…
    That’s funny.
    Roethlisberger used to complain about the same thing when Arians was his OC. ESPN, however, never mentioned that.
    ESPN also never mentioned that the Steelers were in the “no huddle” when Roethlisberger threw his game-ending interception…
    It’s no wonder people have no trust in the media. Joe Namath used to say that if you can’t believe what’s on the sports page, then you certainly can’t believe what’s on the front page.

  21. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 22, 2012 1:14 PM

    steelcurtainn:
    With the slow demise of a once-great defense, coupled with Tomlin’s increasing incompetence, relying on SuperBen to keep the Steelers in “contention year in and year out” … well, don’t hold your breath.
    The Steelers are in contention this season only because the AFC in general and the AFC North in particular stink.

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