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Todd Haley: Comfort level is night and day from last season


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said recently that he and offensive coordinator Todd Haley have a better relationship than they did last season, an assessment that Haley agrees with and extends to the rest of the offense.

Haley said that he had a hard time coming in to coach a team that wasn’t trying to start over offensively, especially when it came to communicating with the players already on the roster and tailoring the offense to their best attributes. Haley believes that the experience has helped him realize the best way to move forward in his second year with the team and that he’s seen a major difference in comfort levels all around.

“It’s night and day,” Haley said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You can’t speed up the process of getting to know people that you haven’t previously known. But through time and experience, trust is built, and you get to know, and I think that’s what’s kind of going on. I’m not speaking for anybody else, but I think everybody’s more comfortable, and that’s the way it should be. I know that it’s night and day for me. … That’s the key this year going forward, is the trust level needs to continue to build, coach to coach, coach to player, player to player, player to coach. That’s when you get good, when … there’s give-and-take trust, you’re going to get stuff done.”

There were plenty of reasons beyond Haley’s discomfort why the Steelers offense failed to reach the desired level last season, with injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and several running backs right at the top of the list. If the team is able to stay healthier this year, the increased comfort on both sides should give them a chance to experience more success than they had last season.

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20 Responses to “Todd Haley: Comfort level is night and day from last season”
  1. jmblosser82 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    Ben looked real comfortable till he got hurt, do this is great news.

  2. arrowdead says: Aug 7, 2013 10:27 AM

    TH is pretty much a jerk, but let’s not forget he basically is half responsible for the player Derrick Johnson is today (he sat DJ behind Corey Mays for an entire season), made Dwayne Bowe into a legit #1 WR, lit a fire under Jamal Charles (he was inactive in week 2 in 2009) and got Matt Cassel to throw 27 TD in 2010. Comfort isn’t his strong suit but he gets results.

  3. Iknoweverything says: Aug 7, 2013 10:30 AM

    Todd you may feel more comfortable now, but that is part of Ben’s M.O.

    Just don’t drink too much and get near a bar bathroom with him…….Trust me

  4. edawg7l says: Aug 7, 2013 10:43 AM

    The more often Hayley and Big Ben talk about their new bromance, the more I am convinced these two hate each other.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    This offense will be fine-tuned, with a full arsenal ready to attack through the air or ground. Add to that a #1 D – that’ll make for an easy coast to the division title.

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  7. sfniners4life says: Aug 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    I think Ben would be more comfortable if he actually had a wr left. Maybe Heath will be a good fantasy option this season

  8. stainlessstill says: Aug 7, 2013 11:14 AM

    Pittsburgh Steelers 2013: Under the radar. WATCH OUT.

  9. stoogy says: Aug 7, 2013 11:30 AM

    This relationship will crumble week 1 when Ben throws an INT or a bad throw on a game winning drive like he did multiple times last year. Crownofthehelmet your beloved steelers have very limited talent on offense and the defense will not be able to carry this team to more then 8 wins this year. Just go buy a pirate jersey.

  10. gotitan says: Aug 7, 2013 11:36 AM

    0-1 Week one when the Titans roll into town, just like last season.

    #1 D, that is funny, Crownofthehelmet. Not even 2nd in your division. Under the radar and 6-10 this year. No running game, no WR to stretch the field, and an old D. Game over.

  11. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:43 AM

    gonna be a fun year stainnless. division will be crazy good once again

  12. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    What else is Haley going to say? Get this albatross from around my neck and draft a real QB? And who can expect some yinzer newspaper to be anything but one big fat Pom Pom waving cheerleader? Some real journalism, please!

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 7, 2013 12:59 PM

    Q: Why wasn’t Bruce Arians’ 2011 offense that produced a 22nd ranking in scoring ever questioned or criticized?
    A: Because the Steelers’ No. 1 scoring defense carried the team to a 12-4 record and into the playoffs in 2011.
    Haley’s offense of last season actually scored more points than Arians’ offense of 2011. Roethlisberger actually threw more TD passes (26 in 13 starts ) last season than he did in 2011 (21 in 15 starts).
    The media (and Roethlisberger) have got to get off this kick that Arians’ offense was superior to Haley’s. Uncle Bruce was fired for a reason!!!

  14. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 1:02 PM

    wow crown. thats a lot of faith in your team. im gonna miss you. by the way. ravens won it all last year. not a choke. sorry buddy

  15. spitsfire says: Aug 7, 2013 2:06 PM

    Lose embarrassingly to Timmy Tebow one season.

    Go 8-8 the next and finish next to last in your division.

    See a trend?

    An ex-golf coach is not going to save that squad. Too bad it looks like Ben peaked a few years ago, as did this group. This crew is not going to win the division, is not going to be a sleeper and Todd Haley will be fighting with Ben by week 3.

  16. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    Iknoweverything says:
    Aug 7, 2013 10:30 AM

    Just don’t drink too much and get near a bar bathroom with him…….Trust me

    You poor fella. I hope therapy helps rid you of these demons.

  17. ricknau says: Aug 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    Keep sending the hate, we love it! This team was 6-3, on a 4 game winning streak and BB was being talked about for league MVP…..then he went down. The D was on the field more than any other D and still finished tops in the league. This team is going to explode this year and I cant wait. About week 12, when they are 9-2 or 8-3 (dont forget the bye week) all the talking heads and people who know nothing about football will be talking about this “surprise” team, but in reality itll just be business as usual. Its the healthiest the D has been in 6 years, its the best O line they have put on the field in a decade….and if the QB stays healthy, the best team in the AFC.

  18. jmblosser82 says: Aug 7, 2013 6:42 PM

    I wouldn’t say the best AFC team, but they could be in the top 3-4 in the AFC.

  19. ironman721 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:45 PM

    Haley’s last year in Pittsburgh! Stamp it!

  20. olcap says: Aug 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 7, 2013 10:44 AM
    This offense will be fine-tuned, with a full arsenal ready to attack through the air or ground. Add to that a #1 D – that’ll make for an easy coast to the division title.



    IF you are lucky.

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