When the Steelers were winning, the talk of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley not getting along subsided.
Now that the Steelers have lost two in a row, sliding out of the playoff picture, the dysfunction has begun to return.
Asked after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins about the lack of a running game in the second half a season-killing loss to the Dolphins, Roethlisberger had this to say (via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network): “No idea. Coach Haley’s over there. You can ask him.”
Perhaps more telling was Roethslisberger’s response to the question of whether changes need to be made on offense. Per Kinkhabwala, Roethlisberger declined to answer.
At this point, it would be a surprise if Haley returns. Especially since the Steelers have made it clear that Roethlisberger will be back.
Even if Roethlisberger isn’t, the Haley experiment is failing — like many thought it would. If coach Mike Tomlin won’t be taking the fall, someone else needs to. That someone else likely will be Haley.