Roethlisberger Disappointed There Wasn\’t More No-huddle Used Against Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the blame for the 27-24 overtime loss on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, but he also made it pretty clear via his post game responses to questions that he was not happy that they didn\’t get the ball to tight end Heath Miller more and that he was disappointed in not being able to run more no-huddle in the second half.

Roethlisberger was asked if the Cowboys defense did something different in the second half to take away Miller.

“No, I just don\’t think that we called the right plays to get him the ball,” said Roethlisberger. “There were a couple of times we called plays that we didn\’t execute correctly.”

Roethlisberger was also asked about the lack of no-huddle offense used in the second half and he  finally responded after an awkward long pause.

“The second half we really didn\’t do much of it and that\’s disappointing,” said the Steelers quarterback.

It is no secret that Roethlisberger likes to be in control of the offense, and although there has been no real notable blowups between him and offensive coordinator Todd Haley this season, you can tell by his post game comments that he was very unhappy with the play calling on Sunday as well as the lack of use of the no-huddle.

The Steelers can\’t afford to lose another game if they want to make the playoffs. Should they wind up not making the post season tournament you can expect that you will hear more from Roethlisberger in regard to his dissatisfaction with Haley and his offense. Roethlisberger clearly thinks the offense should have more of his input and this could ultimately lead to a quick exodus of Haley if he gets his wish.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Its about to erupt.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    December 21 is coming pretty quick……. I understand the frustration with not getting the ball to heath more but honestly your one pick came when we were going no huddle right? No More Excuses! either show you’re a playoff team or go home you control you destiny DO SOMETHING WITH IT!

  • Mike Carroll

    Come on Ben. Don’t make excuses. Although, I am glad to hear he wanted to go to Heath more often. Hopefully, Ben is realizing it’s been a mistake for him to praise Young Money as much as he has in the past. Those three receivers are SOFT, SOFT, SOFT and don’t deserve to be praised. Heath Miller is being asked to replace Hines Ward. Unfortunately, we need Heath to be Heath and have a receiver step up and make tough catches and smart plays in addition to what Heath does.

  • JT

    Ben knows nothing good comes from making a statement like that. Gotta keep your eyes looking forward. Gonna be a long and painful week.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The only thing this looks like is a team that is losing faith in themselves. Statements like this make Ben look like a person who isn’t happy with the coaches…namely Haley. SO be it Ben, just keep it out of the media.

    I will also say this, this is the offseason when changes need to occur. It is time for new blood. This D had its day, but it is over. The youth today IMO played better than the vets. That is not to say they didn’t make mistakes…they did, but so did the vets. Some on offense. With 2 minutes left we had all the momentum and blew it by HORRIBLE blocking. I would love to know who called that series of plays….Haley….or Ben.

    In addition, had Brown not fumbled that ball at the 50, we were looking to get a 2 possession lead with about 5 minutes left. We did this to ourselves. In fact, we have done it to ourselves MOST of the year.

  • zyzak

    With Haley on a one year deal, he’s gone anyway

  • Buccos9

    I find Haley’s offense has changed. Early in the season, when Wallace wasn’t playing, he called a lot of short passes. Ben got rid of the ball quickly and the Steelers had a large advantage in time of possession in many of their games. In the second half of the season, the passes are often longer and Ben ends up holding the ball forever. It’s as if Haley couldn’t stand success. I see a lot of bubble screens, often unsuccessful, but few screens to the RBs to help slow down the pass rush. And I do agree with Ben that Miller disappears from the game plan when they could use him most – late in the game. But many of the same old problems come back to bite them, like the receivers not taking care of the ball and at least one of the CBs giving up ten yard cushions most of the time.It’s like having a bad dream over and over again, For a change, they didn’t take 10 penalties. That was a small silver lining.

  • Pete

    This is the kind of talk that happens when you are losing. If they execute, they win this one and they go into the Cinci game with momentum. Every week they’ve been asked to answer what went wrong. Too much soul searching isn’t a good thing for a football team. I’m losing faith that this team has what it takes to win out. Also, even if they do win out, nothing they’ve done so far gives me any faith they’ll make a statement in the playoffs.

    Way too many injuries to overcome, the O line can’t create holes for the backs, too many dropped balls by receivers, and last but not least, too many critical turnovers. None of this adds up to a playoff team.

  • Besides his poor game day coaching, Tomlin has hand picked at least 2 #1 draft busts in Mendenhall and Hood. Beyond LaMarr Woolly, who was part of Tomlin’s first draft class in 2007, and Lawrence Timmons, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, Tomlin’s draft record is near awful. Colbert and Cowher were a great combination.

  • Oh and let me tell u something., all this team needs is a fire lit under their ass like a new coach like Mike Ditka

  • I agree, we are our own worst enemies

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Amen. Listening to Ben is why ya dont let the inmates run the asylum.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Agreeing on every point in that.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Interesting point. The young money crew & our DL & special teams & our poor tackling needs some coach spittle. Tomlin benches RBs who fumble but thats it.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Yep to all that, unfortunatly. Add to that DLinemen who look like they are collecting paychecks, inexcusibl bad coaching this year, & the decision this past offseason to to into the year with-
    Mundy as the bacup safety though knew Troy wuld never be healthy.
    Lefty as the fragile backup to Ben.
    Chris Carter as the starting OLB.

  • Jeff

    Really? Run a no huddle offense with our defense and the secondary we had out there yesterday?! Well if theyy did that at least we would have been spared the agony of the OT.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Ya dont let inmates run the asylum.

    The same fans who blamed BArians were gomna blame next coordinator no matter what.

    What do the people who blamed BA think of him going to playoffs now even though his QB is a rookie?