Roethlisberger says he’s heard “both good and bad” about Haley


When the Steelers pushed out offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and tried to pass it off as Arians voluntarily retiring, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was disappointed, as the two have long had a close relationship. Now the Steelers have hired Todd Haley to replace Arians, and Roethlisberger isn’t sure what to think.

I haven’t talked to him,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him.”

It’s not surprising that Roethlisberger has heard both good and bad. Haley is widely regarded as a smart game planner and play caller, but he’s also widely regarded as a difficult person to work with. When Steve Breaston, who has played for Haley in both Arizona and Kansas City, referred to Haley as “not always a butthole,” that was high praise compared to what many others have said about Haley.

For his part, Roethlisberger said he’s hearing plenty from people he knows around the league, but he’s going to withhold judgment about Haley until they’ve had a chance to work together.

“Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they’re letting me know what their interaction with him was — good, bad and indifferent,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve heard a lot of things and I’m looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion.”

Still, Roethlisberger said he was “shocked” that Arians wasn’t brought back. If Roethlisberger and Haley can’t develop a rapport, things could get difficult in Pittsburgh.

31 responses to “Roethlisberger says he’s heard “both good and bad” about Haley

  1. What football coach isn’t a butthole from time to time? Isn’t that part of the job requirement?

  2. Is it me or is Ben coming off as kind of whiney in this? How could he not meet the new OC yesterday? They both were in the same building most of the day. You would think they would make a point to meet or that Tomlin would introduce them. The way it sounds from the media in Pittsburgh is that they will get together in a couple of months…huh?

  3. The track record shows that Haley can win games with a decent QB. Ben needs someone to push him harder than Arrians.

  4. Crybaby has to grow up now and does’t like it. Start acting like a man and not a drunken frat boy and do your damn job, which in your case does NOT involve thinking…let the smart man do that for you and get the job done and STOP being such a diva and a self-centered jerk.

  5. In Pittsburgh Todd Haley just made a statement
    “I have heard good things about Ben And lots of BAD things”
    Ben has no class at all. You think he would shut his mouth and dont say anything about what bad thing you heard about someone.

  6. .

    I have no inside information, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Haley’s hiring and Roelisberger’s recent off field issues are related.


  7. Giselle announces publicly Brady’s receivers blew it… Ben announces publicly he’s heard bad things about his new boss. Pampered and dramatic divas who aren’t used to not getting their way do these things.

    If Haley was really brought in to “push” Rothlisberger, this could get very interesting.

  8. Haley, Callahan, Del Rio, Butch Davis, Knapp, Turner etc……How do these guys continue to be employed when all they have done is fail? Lots more and eventually they will get shots to HC’s again. Belichick is the only guy in recent history to show he deserved a second oppurtunity….and don’t mention Coughlin because he was successful with the Jags. Take a chance with HC, OC and DC’s not the same idiots. The Steelers did with Tomlin………………………

  9. I was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh…a lifelong Steeler fan…and I’m glad Big Ben is our QB…and I love to watch him play…
    But he is an absolute, undeniable, 14ct, solid gold A$$H@LE!

  10. Que the people who only read the headline.

    He followed up the statement with, “Everyone has their opinion so I’m just looking forward to meeting him myself.”

  11. “Roethlisberger says he’s heard “both good and bad” about Haley”


    The headline of the next PFT story will probably read:

    “Haley says he’s heard “both good and bad” about Roethlisberger”.

    (Of course, it’ll be “mostly bad”)

  12. Sounds like the start of a dysfunctional situation. Just be the professional one, say you look forward to working with him and leave it at that.

  13. Wow. A lot of people like to make a big thing out of nothing. All they read he heard “good and bad things” about Haley. He wasn’t whining or crying about anything. He wasn’t saying or doing anything negative. This guy turned himself around an people refuse to see it. He wants to be a better QB. Anyone who knows anything knows there’s a much greater possibility that will happen now with Haley than it would of with Aerians. Nobody wants to see their friend leave, and he has every right to be upset about that with the way it was handled. The media isn’t gonna post that Ben’s excited about it, they’re gonna take the negative stuff out of his interview and post it do there’s something more to talk about. And about them not meeting each other… This is their offseason too. There time to get away from football for a little bit. Most players on the teams who have new HCs haven’t met them yet. Give it a break.

  14. Doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven that too many people are happy about, esp considering the way they dumped Arians, but Haley is a good offensive coach. His problems have always stemmed from his personality, esp his temper. Tomlin is just the guy to keep him in line. With that WR corps, I bet this works out well.

  15. Wow, you can actually hear Roethlisberger’s ankle sprain getting worse and worse during this article. My guess is that he’ll be heroically gutting it out until at least week 10 of next season just to be safe from Haley.

  16. Frankly Im surprised about Haley getting this job. It looked to me like he didn’t use his personalle the fullest in KC and I’m surprised a winning franchise like the Steelers gave him a chance in Pittsburgh.

  17. I’m thinking the offense should be better this year with Haley calling plays….look what he did for Warner in Arizona. If Big Ben can get past “But I wanted to play for Adrian” he’ll be a better QB and they will be a better offense. Maybe Ben needs to be pushed….at least work harder at being perfect.

  18. schmitty2 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    Those 2 are going to butt heads.

    You need to remove “going to”

  19. Lots of laughs on this thread for sure. As others have already stated if you are a Steeler fan then just chill, it is after all Feb 10th.

    On a positive note consider the following:

    Ben and Todd are both well known for being “over the top” competitors. In most experiences those types get along really well with one another.

    Ben and Todd are both well above average and avid golfers. Expect to see photos of them together on a course in the not too distant future.

    If nothing else, this is going to be a very interesting season for the O.

    Peace out.

  20. I’m a little surprised the Steelers didn’t have Haley spend some time with Ben before making their decision, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Ben had far too much influence over Arians. It’s the OC’s job to push the quarterback to his best performance, not to help him find his comfort zone and stay there. And it’s certainly not the OC’s job to indulge his QB at the expense of what’s best for the team. I don’t want to see antagonism between these two, but there should be a clear line between who’s the coach and who’s the player.

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