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Ben Roethlisberger likes changes to Steelers offense

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When the Steelers hired Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator last year, many people predicted that he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get along about as well as oil and water.

There were a few moments where things were less than placid, but the two men were able to play nice in the public eye for the most part as the team finished 22nd in the NFL in points per game. That doesn’t mean they saw things eye-to-eye, however, and Roethlisberger admits that he made some requests for changes to the offense in 2013. Others made similar requests and Roethlisberger says that it has resulted in an offense that everyone’s excited about.

“There’s been some changes this offseason in some of the offensive philosophies, playbook and some things that I think are good,” Roethlisberger said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s some compromise from all the different position coaches, the running back coaches, the line, and quarterback coaches. I think we’ve taken a little bit of everything and made it a lot better. You can ask anybody on offense that, including coaches, and they’ll tell you that we all like the way the offense is and where it’s going.”

The departures of Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall guaranteed a different look on offense in Pittsburgh before we even heard anything about larger schematic changes. Roethlisberger didn’t get specific about any of the changes, though we suspect it is safe to rule out any talk of him running the read option once the regular season rolls around. Whether or not it means less dinking and dunking, though, is a question that we’ll have to wait to have answered.

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  1. ironcity6pak says: May 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    Going to be a very disappointing season. Lets Go Pens!!

  2. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: May 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    I wonder if someone asked 31 other quarterbacks about the direction of their offseason, how many would say “Aww man this season’s gonna blow”.

    Sorry Mr. Alper, I’m more curmudgeonly today than usual

  3. overratedsteelerhater says: May 22, 2013 9:24 AM

    the only change their going to make is to the cellar of afc north….

  4. mrphatal says: May 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    Did they add a few drunk ladies to the squad???

  5. mrphatal says: May 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    Whether or not it means less dinking and dunking, though, is a question that we’ll have to wait to have answered.
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    I just had to laugh at this statement!!

  6. steelbydesign says: May 22, 2013 9:29 AM

    Everyone wanted to hate on the Haley hiring, but I think this is going to work out well. Prior to Ben getting hurt he was on pace to finish with less sacks than any season of his career. Haley was keeping the franchise cornerstone clean. Ben was also playing the most efficient ball of his career.

    It’s going to take a couple years to mesh, and work out the kinks, like Ben is describing here. Throw in Le’Veon Bell with the maturing young OL, and Ben could have a really solid run game, and Ben has always been dangerous with play-action.

    This offense has a LOT of young guys that need to mature into their roles, but once they do, watch out.

  7. jonnyfootball82 says: May 22, 2013 9:31 AM

    He’s in it to win it

  8. joetorious says: May 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    But no compromise from the players, it seems. Ben is an athletically gifted QB, but is not a good student of the game; has proven to oft lack situational awareness; and we all know he’d call his own number on every play if he could. Why acquiesce to him?

    Roethlisberger’s been good for the Steelers (I certainly think they’d be stuck on 4 SBs with most other QBs of the Roethlisberger era), but as a Steelers fan, I was hoping they would trade him to expedite their complete rebuild. No way they win another ring in the last three good years of his career with what they have surrounding him.

  9. sellout1983 says: May 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    What, are they going to keep a drunk coed in the port-o-potty on the practice field?

  10. realdealsteel says: May 22, 2013 10:09 AM

    Steelers will win the division. Browns are not ready; Ravens lost too much; Andy Dalton ceiling is so low that it’s pathetic.

    Things will go back to normal as we win the division and begin the quest for the 7th ring.

  11. bobzilla1001 says: May 22, 2013 10:13 AM

    joetorious:
    I cannot agree more.
    Well said.
    And I might add: How difficult would it be to replace a quarterback who averages 23 TD passes and three missed starts per season? The time to unload Roethlisberger is drawing near. The Steelers simply can’t let this guy walk without getting something return…
    I’m sure Bruce Arians would love to have him in Arizona.

  12. mrphatal says: May 22, 2013 10:23 AM

    sellout1983 says: May 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    What, are they going to keep a drunk coed in the port-o-potty on the practice field?

    *****************************************
    I spit coffee all over my monitor.. Keep up the good work!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Over Under of Drunk Coeds allowed on the field is 3.

  13. steelcityfinest13 says: May 22, 2013 10:28 AM

    Lets see how negative the comments get when they are riding a wave 2 rewrite history 4 a 7th ring….that day will come soon!!!!

  14. whitdog23 says: May 22, 2013 10:28 AM

    OL blows… Pouncey is most overrated player in NFL. drafting OL has been even worse. now ben’s w/out “his boy” max. bell won’t get it done behind this group. thank god browns are in division

  15. tinbender2000 says: May 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    22nd in scoring last year? With a little hard work they can make 28th this year.

  16. ravensdominate says: May 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    Wait who are the steelers??? Irrelevant.

  17. teeroyb says: May 22, 2013 10:55 AM

    The key to the entire season is for Roethlisberger to stay healthy. Dink and dunk or not, if he can make it through 16 games, the Steelers will be right in the conversation with the best teams in the league.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: May 22, 2013 11:05 AM

    Of course he does. The offensive scheme allows a 3rd-string QB to shred the eventual SB Champs. What’s not to like.

  19. mazblast says: May 22, 2013 11:26 AM

    ravensdominate says: May 22, 2013 10:44 AM

    Wait who are the steelers??? Irrelevant.
    —————————–
    Never take a division opponent lightly, especially one that has shown the ability to go all the way.

  20. steelcurtainn says: May 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    Stairways to Seven!!!!!

  21. faninvirginia says: May 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    Ben has always shown the ability to go all the way. Unfortunately it’s often in the ladies room, or was it the men’s room?

  22. siggy00 says: May 22, 2013 12:20 PM

    “And I might add: How difficult would it be to replace a quarterback who averages 23 TD passes and three missed starts per season?”

    MEANINGFUL missed games due to injury in 9 years?

    10 (And one of those was for an appendix).

    Less than Brady, less than Peyton in the same time frame.

  23. spitsfire says: May 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    Is Ben talking about his golf game?..Isn’t this guy a golf coach?

    Ehe. You can have him. Ben is a has-been anyways…

    Super Bowl Champions.

  24. Deb says: May 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    @joetorious …

    Very astute comment. Agree with your take except for the bit about trading Roethlisberger. We’re in a Catch 22 there. Although bobzilla makes a strong statistical case, there’s more to being a field general than stats. You can’t just dump a guy with that kind of talent and team history when you have no one to replace him. If we had an Andrew Luck in the wings, we’d have options. But we don’t.

    Haley’s disciplined offense is the answer, and despite his grumbling, Ben was performing beautifully before his injury last season–with little help from Wallace. No reason to believe this trend can’t continue.

  25. Deb says: May 22, 2013 12:45 PM

    @joetorious …

    Very astute comment. Agree with your take except for the bit about trading Roethlisberger. We’re in a Catch 22 there. Although bobzilla makes a strong statistical case, there’s more to being a field general than stats. You can’t just dump a guy with that kind of talent and team history when you have no one to replace him. If we had an Andrew Luck in the wings, we’d have options. But we don’t.

    Haley’s disciplined offense is the answer, and despite his grumbling, Ben was performing beautifully before his injury last season–with little help from Wallace. No reason to believe this trend can’t continue.

  26. t8ertot says: May 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    Steelers will be on the bottom of the cellar in the division this year. Yup, even below the lowly browns

  27. Joemontanaflacco says: May 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    “Stairways to Seven!!!!!”

    And as we wind on down the road
    We see your team is getting old
    There is a QB we all know
    who has forgotten how to throw
    his wobbly passes hit the ground
    and no one wants to make a sound
    when eight and eight is all you get
    and you are one and done and owned
    to play the game and get Tebo–oowwwwd

  28. mrphatal says: May 22, 2013 1:17 PM

    faninvirginia says: May 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    Ben has always shown the ability to go all the way. Unfortunately it’s often in the ladies room, or was it the men’s room?
    ####################################
    Loved it!!

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: May 22, 2013 1:53 PM

    faninvirginia | May 22, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
    Ben has always shown the ability to go all the way. Unfortunately it’s often in the ladies room, or was it the men’s room?
    To you and misses phatal your Ben jokes are older than you…..tired material….grow up. You forgive Ray Lewis but not Ben…yup that’s fair….

  30. mrphatal says: May 22, 2013 2:58 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: May 22, 2013 1:53 PM

    faninvirginia | May 22, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
    Ben has always shown the ability to go all the way. Unfortunately it’s often in the ladies room, or was it the men’s room?
    To you and misses phatal your Ben jokes are older than you…..tired material….grow up. You forgive Ray Lewis but not Ben…yup that’s fair….
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    Who said I forgave Ray Lewis?? I said they need to rename the field to Cutco. after him. And will the statue they erect be wearing a white suit? While they were at it, they need to erect a statue for Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden. That Fair enough??
    Ben fits right in there. All the players named have harmed people. Miss Phatal? What does my wife have to do with this post? Bringing in my wife is wrong. Actually a lot, Ben would probably try to force her into a men’s room too.

  31. bobzilla1001 says: May 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    Deb:
    After nine seasons, we’re still waiting for Roethlisberger to have a breakout year, the kind of season that warrants his $100 million contract. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little impatient.
    Every season, a new wave of college QBs come into the league, and every season that new crop out performs Veteran Ben. My point is, finding quality QBs right out of college isn’t as difficult as what it used to be.
    And how much longer are we going to have to wait for Roethlisberger to play an entire, 16-game regular season?
    Contrary to ziggyoo’s idiocy, Roethlisberger has missed 8 and a half games over the past three seasons. He’s missed parts or all of more than 16 games in nine seasons.
    Trade him.
    ASAP.

  32. citizenstrange says: May 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    Prediction: The Steelers will still finish bottom third in the league in scoring offense just like always.

    Last year Roethlisberger broke the magical 30 point barrier ONCE scoring 31 against the lowly Raiders. Today’s NFL rules are incredibly stacked in the quarterback’s favor and yet Roethlisberger can score 30 points ONCE. That is not elite ….. “That’s just sad” (said in Ross Perot voice)

    Roethlisberger could not win a single game when the Steeler defense gave up over 17 points. He doesn’t win games, the Steeler defense does.

    Roethlisberger is actually getting worse as he enters his self-proclaimed “prime.”

    Just look at all the soul crushing, heartbreaking, pick sixes and pick threes he threw last year as the Steelers were eliminated from playoff contention after only 15 games.

    And getting outplayed by TIM TEBOW to go one and done in the playoffs the year before.

    If the Steeler defense is not number one in the entire NFL again Roethlisberger will be lucky to win four games.

  33. citizenstrange says: May 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    — addd to previous —-
    Haley’s offense might be dink and dunk but Roethlisberger’s offense is always stink and stunk.

  34. Deb says: May 22, 2013 3:33 PM

    @bobzilla …

    Serviceable guys come out but very few franchise QBs the caliber of Luck or RGIII–and we haven’t been in the position to draft those people. Although hope has waned in the last few years, I still want to believe Ben can live up to his full potential–especially now that he has an OC who won’t cater to all his whims. Would we be better without him? Maybe. But I can’t help fearing we’ll just slide back into the Situation Hopeless of our post-Bradshaw years.

  35. black43gold says: May 22, 2013 3:47 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    May 22, 2013 1:01 PM
    “Stairways to Seven!!!!!”

    And as we wind on down the road
    We see your team is getting old
    There is a QB we all know
    who has forgotten how to throw
    his wobbly passes hit the ground
    and no one wants to make a sound
    when eight and eight is all you get
    and you are one and done and owned
    to play the game and get Tebo–oowwwwd

    ____________________________________________

    While I cannot stand your comments day in/day out, as they are pointless, meritless and contain no facts, I gotta hand it to ya, you got humorous skills rewriting lyrics to Stairway. Not sure how long it may have taken you to write that, but nicely done. That being said, the post was meritless and without facts. Go Steelers

  36. steelcurtainn says: May 22, 2013 4:10 PM

    You don’t trade a Ben Roethlisberger(not that the steelers would anyways). Then all your superbowl aspirations for the future go down the drain unless the steelers can hit the jackpot with another qb again. Ben gives the steelers the best chance to be successful at winning another superbowl right now. Without him the steelers would be hopeless in bringing title number 7 to the burgh……to bad the flacco poster team will never experience that many superbowl wins. Steelers>Bmore.

  37. bobzilla1001 says: May 22, 2013 4:41 PM

    Deb:
    The Steelers had some pretty good teams post-Bradshaw. Bill Cowher won 127 of his 161 games pre-Roethlisberger. Cowher started his career with six straight playoff appearances. Call that “Situation Hopeless”?
    To assume that the arrival of Roethlisberger brought the Steelers out of black & white era and into the 3D era would be shortchanging a tremendous ensemble of defensive players, the franchise’s best since the 1970s.
    That defense may never be equaled for a long time, which means it’s time to find a studious quarterback, willing to be coached to put points on the board.
    And they’re out there.
    Russell Wilson: 3rd rounder.

  38. Deb says: May 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    @bobzilla …

    Actually, I was thinking more of the 80s than Cowher’s tenure. But even in Cowher’s time, the one missing piece was the QB. I read your post on the Payton thread about this being a coach-driven league and how Cowher had done so much with so little. Very good comments, and that was especially true at QB. Cowher’s probably the only coach who could have gotten O’Donnell to a Super Bowl. I’m not short-changing Ben’s supporting cast. He couldn’t have succeeded without them. But I think that goes vice versa as well–perhaps not in the championships games themselves, but certainly in the lead-up to those Super Bowls.

  39. bdub1147 says: May 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    Bobzilla (and to a lesser degree joetorious for starting the thread),

    I don’t comment much but I had to login and just say that you sir are an idiot and totally out of touch with the reality of the NFL.

    Trade Ben? Whether you like him not, it is never going to happen, in the ‘Burgh or anywhere else. The league pays QBs with far inferior skills, stats, and results (see Flacco, E. Manning (when he got the contract), and Romo) HUGE money because despite Wilson, Luck, RGIII last year franchise QBs don’t come along that often. If they did, half the franchises in the NFL wouldn’t be searching for one in the draft EVERY year.

    Name the last franchise QB traded in his prime? Brees is probably the closest but he really turned into what he is after he got to NO. Manning kind of, but that wouldn’t have happened without the unknown of his injury and a year to see how bad they were without someone else. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN!

    And you are waiting for a breakout year? Really? Then you don’t know who you are rooting for? The Steelers, at least as long as the Rooney’s are calling the shots (hopefully forever), will not have a stat monster at QB. We are too conservative. When you sit on leads (or at least try to) as small as 7 points, your QB is not going to lead the NFL in TDs.

    If getting rid of Ben is what you are waiting for? Start rooting for a different team.

  40. bobzilla1001 says: May 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    bdub:
    It’s easy to see why you “don’t comment much.” You have nothing to say.
    Name a quarterback who averages 23 TD passes per season and is paid $800,000 per game? The Rooneys will not be able to afford him once his current contract expires. They can’t even afford him now.
    It was Art Rooney II who said a couple seasons ago that Roethlisberger “needs to tweak his game.” That doesn’t sound to me like an owner who is as enamored with “franchise” quarterback as much you are.
    Name a quarterback who averages 23 TD passes per season, $800,000 per game and has been the distraction that SuperBen has?
    Those “small leads” you use to defend Roethlisberger are the exact reason he needs to be traded. ASAP

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