Todd Haley: “No problem whatsoever” with Antonio Brown

AP

There has been no shortage of trouble for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley through two weeks of the season.

The Steelers can’t run the ball very well and they can’t score points, two things which reflect poorly on an offensive coordinator. So does having a spat on the sideline with your top receiver, something Haley is accused of doing with Antonio Brown during the loss to the Bengals on Monday night. Haley can’t fudge the numbers regarding the performance of the offense, but he does take issue with the reports of problems with Brown.

“Did not happen. There was no confrontation. That’s all I can say,” Haley said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There was no problem whatsoever between he or I.”

Haley spent more time talking about the issues with the offense than his non-issue with Brown, saying that everyone from the offensive line to the running backs has to improve their play to get the Steelers onto the winning side of things. Some of the planned changes include more zone-blocking on the offensive line and more time for Felix Jones at running back and there could be more personnel changes if those things don’t get the ball rolling.

40 responses to “Todd Haley: “No problem whatsoever” with Antonio Brown

  1. “Some of the planned changes include more zone-blocking on the offensive line”

    Please tell me that was a typo and Haley really said “less” zone-blocking.

  2. Todd Haley appears to be somewhat of an idiot as a person and right now not a good coach. That being said, I have all the faith in the world in Mike Tomlin, who hired the guy. At least we’re not the Browns……

  3. So after all the fancy speak the answer is run more? With that stable of running backs?

    Make Ben put it on his back ala Brady and Manning style.

  4. At least Super Ben isn’t getting any of the blame!

    Why would he? His receivers are not getting any separation from the defense. If you watch the film, the defenders are jamming, barring and holding the receivers close. The receivers need to be a little more aggressive. Haley should be calling more TE outs and RB screens to alleviate this instead of these WR screens and Cotchery end-arounds.

  5. logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 20, 2013 10:40 AM
    Thank God I root for a real franchise. #HTTR
    ————————————-
    Usually I’m all for someone taking a cheap shot at the steelers, but not when it comes from a skins fan who shares the same record, but still thinks his team will be relevant for the first time in 20 years. YOU’RE 0-2 SHUT UP UNTIL YOU WIN SOMETHING

  6. Is it Crotchery fault that Ben couldn’t get him the ball when he was open in the middle of the feild? Looked like he had pretty good seperation to me. Have you seen a good QB play that can squeeze the ball into tight windows?

  7. More zone blocking and Felix Jones? Yeah, that will fix it.

    Just a thought, but how about the front office get on the phone with the Browns and offer them a second and fourth for Josh Gordon?

  8. Naturally Haley will blame the players rather than himself. But some of our players have been vey successful before he started calling our plays and writing our playbook. But it’s not vice versa, so it’s becoming clearer as each week passes where the true source of trouble is in the Steel City. Coach Tomlin and Mr. Rooney, grow a pair and fire his azz before the season is really completely a loss. These are the last few (and prime) years that we will have a franchise QB with a unique ability to play the position, don’t waste them with an incompetent confrontational loudmouth like Haley. Pretty please with a cherry on top.

  9. Did everybody see all the missed throws by Roethlisberger last Monday night?

    Teams will continue to load up against the run and force Roethlisberger to win it with his arm.

    Roethlisberger is what J.P. Losman would have been if he had had the #1 defense in the entire NFL throughout his career.

    As much as everybody blames everything and everybody BUT Roethlisberger for the Steeler’s horrible offense IMO Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones could have gotten more than seven points in each of the first two games.

  10. A lot of things can be better. The coaches can make better adjustments and call better plays. Ben can make better throws. The OL can make better blocks. The RBs can make better runs. The WRs can run better routes and catch balls that hit their hands. The defense can make more sacks and generate more turnovers. It is not one thing, it is a number of things. Some are in worse shape than others. To me, the biggest issues are calling plays that take advantage of the talent that is on the field now, lack of a running game and lack of sacks and turnovers by the defense. But that doesn’t mean the other areas don’t need to get better. Injuries are not helping, and some things are related (lack of blocking rushes Ben and impedes the running game, etc).

    Hopefully, they get back on track against the Bears. I say run the no huddle the entire game, they seem to function better when doing that. And the defense has to create some havoc, make turnovers and get sacks.

  11. As a lifelong steelers fan who had to live through the bad days of mark malone and bubby brister, sometimes the Rooney’s stick with a bad think too long. I think Tomlin and Haley both need to go. Tomlin had not provided anything new to the franchise since he took over. They need someone who is going to focus office on the things (few tho they seem some days) that Ben does well. Scrambling and throwing … standing in the pocket does not work.

  12. Yeah its time for Haley to go. You can see it each week. Ben and this offense is frustrated. I do agree with someone who said if the Steelers beat the Bears Sunday night, this will all go away. Winning cures all

  13. holeinone09 says:Sep 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    “I say run the no huddle the entire game”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Tomlin has already said that he’s saving that for the Super Bowl.

  14. “Todd Haley appears to be somewhat of an idiot as a person and right now not a good coach. That being said, I have all the faith in the world in Mike Tomlin, who hired the guy. At least we’re not the Browns……”

    Um… that was the GM who hired him and told Tomlin that he couldn’t hire the OC he wanted!

  15. ……”Todd Haley appears to be somewhat of an idiot as a person and right now not a good coach. That being said, I have all the faith in the world in Mike Tomlin, who hired the guy. At least we’re not the Browns……”

    Um… that was the GM who hired him and told Tomlin that he couldn’t hire the OC he wanted!

  16. Roethlisberger is what J.P. Losman would have been if he had had the #1 defense in the entire NFL throughout his career.

    Do you think that J.P. Losman would be 4th all-time in winning percentage, 11th all-time in completion percentage, 9th all-time in QB rating and have over 30,000 yards like Ben does?

  17. I was trying to be optimistic that we’d course correct. But after reading Haley’s comments, all I can think is … we’re doomed.

  18. Remedy: Line up 5WR’s … Moye and Cotchery outside … Wheaton, Sanders and Brown in the slots. Run Wheaton on streaks deep down field to take the top off the defense. Let Brown and Sanders work underneath….with Moye and Cotchery as possession receivers. Once you’re up two scores …. switch gears and pound the ball and grind the clock…. and let the defense tee off on the opposing offense. The defense is more effective playing with a lead. Trust me Todd, just trynna help …. what else is there to lose.

    With that 3WR set you’re playing … defenses are playing a corner and a safety (bracketing) on Brown and Sanders …. leaving Cotchery, Paulson and Jones and/or Redman to get separation. If Heath was in there, yeah…. otherwise there’s no other real threat on the field. And when Beachum is in the game …. there’s even less of a threat. He should be used for goal line only.

    Just my analysis.

  19. More No huddle..More 4-5 WR sets..Pass to set up the run not vice versa..Roll Ben out more..Create mismatches on LBs..they do have speed at WR still..Get ya RBs involved in the pass game,especially in the REDZONE. Jones is nice out the Backfield so are Bell and Dwyer. When ya team LACKS PLAY MAKERS you have to make adjustments..The Steelers use to be great at that with coach Wizenhunt.Now even the Defence is struggling..Can’t get off the field on 3rd Downs..the pressure is better but still not getting to the QB (in time)..Gave up 2 back to back 100 yard rushing games..tackling is boarder line Eagleish..Can’t go 0-4..We needa be 2-2 @ Bye week..oh and its not in ABs nature to act up on the sideline so there was definitely an issue

  20. Since the Steelers haven’t zone-blocked much in their first two games (zero times against the Titans and only two plays against the Bengals), we really have yet to even see what that scheme can do.
    Secondly: sometime this week — and I am not making this up — the team called a “players only meeting.” The Steelers great veteran leadership decided to ban fourth-year or younger players from participating in billiards, ping pong and shuffleboard activities inside the locker room…
    Steelers 35, Bears 0.
    Wonder how well Jack Lambert or Mel Blount were at ping pong?

  21. Deb:
    Not made up.
    This was the talk all day on Friday on 93.7 The Fan. KDKA-TV sports anchor Jory Rand broke the story on Thursday.

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