Roethlisberger Says He Loves Where The Offense Is Right Now

During his weekly radio show Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took issue with people thinking that his post game comments about the offense getting away from running the football in the second half in the Sunday loss to the Miami Dolphins was some sort of jab at offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

“It’s unbelievable,” Roethlisberger said. “It gets blown up and it’s by reporters that come in there and ask the dumbest questions after a game, and it makes it ridiculous when they only take part of your answer.

“It was taken way out of context. There is absolutely no issue between Coach Haley and I. I love where this offense is right now.”

Roethlisberger is obviously pointing his dissatisfaction at NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, who after the game only quoted the quarterback as saying, “No idea. Coach Haley’s over there. You can ask him,” when asked why Steelers didn’t run as much in the second half.

“They take one little blurb of a whole sentence and it was not directed at Coach Haley, like ‘Go ask him, I don’t know why we didn’t do it,'” Roethlisberger said on Tuesday. “It was, ‘He’s our coordinator, if you want to ask questions about play calling, go ask him about it. He’s the guy that calls the plays. If you want to ask me about the no-huddle and I’m calling [plays], then you can ask me.’

“But in no way shape or form was the [comment] directed negatively at him. I think the offense is as good as it’s been in a long time. We’ve got guys doing some great things. I genuinely am enjoying this offense and what Coach Haley is doing and where we’re going. We’re getting [better] every week, and I think we can keep getting better.”

As far as the offense goes, it has been much improved over the course of the last several weeks. In fact, in the last 20 trips inside the red zone dating back to the game against the New England Patriots, the offense scored a touchdown 12 times. In the previous 20 trips inside the red zone dating back to the start of the season, the offense only scored a touchdown on 8 of those trips.

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  • treeher

    Hmm. His way of retracting his post-game comments, I think. It does Ben no good to initiate a public diss of Haley and he probably regrets the way he originally answered the question. While the reporter apparently did not provide an entire quote, the meaning and intent were accurate.

  • steeltown

    They have been much improved in recent weeks. Ben will hit 4,000+yds, A.Brown will hit 100catches and possibly over 1,400yds and Cotchery might hit 10TDs

  • steeltown

    I disagree, they ask certain questions (after a huge loss) on purpose to try and get certain quotes. The media has had it out for Ben, Haley and company all season. Ben was frustrated (extremely) because they had just lost, they then ask him multiple idiotic questions and he responded with frustration and short answers

  • Douglas Andrews

    Everyone is calling for Haley to be fired but the offense is much improved. It would be a shame to have to implement a new offense after this season we all know the offense isn’t losing games for us right now!

  • joed32

    And you know this because?

  • Hodge175

    I think more blame has to be put on the Defense for this years failures, sure the offense can be better and there have been some bad decisions But the failure has been on the other side of the ball. I feel them playing a lot of 3-3-5 defense and Troy playing more of a roving Linebacker has left us open for big running plays. I don’t understand why its so hard for our players to adapt to the 3-5 when so many teams are running it now and have younger players pick it up faster.

  • 2443scott

    i am glad ben thinks its working ok he has to play it …i dont and i think haley plays way to many of the same type plays that other def know …when ben is in the no huddle which is all it is no huddle because they rush to line then run the entire clock all way down any way he chooses more plays i believe then haley does and thats where the offense is more fluid ben might choose one haleys plays either way but mixes them up more then haley does …and that throws def off…i know some say well you cant change offense next year and bring in a new one ….but how many times have they changed the offense to a diff one this year ….they even did diff things in preseason with the offense they dont do now …its a passing league so throw to running back more (haley)….

  • Don

    One thing is undeniable.. the offense is getting better..

  • 2443scott

    i believe troy isnt fast enough where he used to be and moving him up has caused more problems to account for him …does he mess up yeah only because hes just started in that spot he could bring what he did in coverage to his new roll if he had the whole season doing it….and i agree def has been a prob the db`s are slower and cant catch up any more so deep balls are more catch able

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Why is troy playing LB in the first place ?

  • WilliamSekinger

    That is the one thing I point to when people say Haley is gone after the season. I don’t believe it for a sec. A new OC is a big fricking deal. The whole offense has to basically start over, and I don’t think the Steelers are willing to blow up this offense and bring someone new in… It’s just starting to get into the flow from the last OC change.

  • Rob H

    I think with the injuries he’s had to deal with, and a number 2 receiver who can’t seem to make a clutch catch, it’s a minor miracle that Haley has been able to get any production from this offense, let alone have it continue to show improvement.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    The whole offensive unit is improving except for Sanders

  • WilliamSekinger

    Because the DL was getting gashed in the running game.

  • treeher

    I said I think, not that I know. It doesn’t take a genius to see that the Ben-Todd relationship is not great.

  • cencalsteeler

    I have to agree with Ben. Things do get taken out of context, especially after a loss. Ben has to be happy with his offense, for it seems he and Haley have a common ground now and both are contributing to the offense in their own ways. I personally disagree with those that are in favor of getting rid of Haley after this season. This system is based on his offensive philosophy. They have drafted for his system, so I feel they will not be so quick to pull the trigger. Also, no one has given Haley credit for keeping Ben healthy, a main reason he was brought in. Once this oline problem gets fixed, the holes will open up the run game. We draft another big TE and/or WR and we should start seeing more success. But, we do need to average more points per game if we want to contend.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Seems like when Troy is down in the box we give up bigger runs and Troy guesses so much out in coverage he’s just a huge liability out there.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed…look at how everyone that hated Arians Bubble screen offense is now wishing they still had him as the OC. I for one agree with you Haley is doing a good job deserves to be brought back.

  • JohnnyV1

    Exactly, just as Ben said! Which is what I posted in a previous note about this very topic. It’s ridiculous the extent to which reporters will try to create stories, particularly negative in nature. It’s sickening. The offense has been playing well overall, and that’s with a ton of injuries to the o-line.

    Reminds me of that old Don Henley song Dirty Laundry, only it’s exponentially worse now w/ the advent of “smart” phones and the internet. More people need to find something productive to do.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I have to disagree. The fake bubble screen going to a wide open Heath Miller was pure genius. So was the fall asleep fade to Cotchery. There are plenty of instances where Haley has set up the defense resulting in TDs an Arian’s offense would never have been able to pull off. It’s just going to get better. Changing OCs is a panic move. I see no reason to change OCs with the offense doing so well.

  • Weiss Chad

    I hope they keep haley.Im not his biggest fan but offense has gotten better and I would hate to see another set back w a new offense.It seems like they are just getting this one down

  • T R

    This is tru.. haley deserves another season… with a defense that tackles and stop giving up big plays and get some damn turnovers… Ben has stayed up right for 14 str8 weeks, with a bad OL thats been patch up… . thats enough proof for me.

  • T R

    also because we lost Larry Foote in the inside linebacker position and the just timmons is not working there with the rookies

  • Virdin Barzey

    The truth of the matter is you don’t know and neither do the idiots who are reporting. If the offense was struggling like it was earlier or if Ben had no say in calling plays like he does in the no-huddle, one can understand a possible frustration by Ben with the play-calling.

    To make assumptions that he said it to get a Haley is awful reporting and the complete opposite of a genius. Its stupid.

  • Don

    agree..I would actually be disappointed if they fired him at this point..they have gone to far with him already.

  • RMSteeler

    With the sacks dropping dramatically, Ben’s gotta be happy with that. Offense, with the exception of Sanders has been dramatically improving, despite all the injuries. Early season with one TD/game was ugly.

  • Mike Carroll

    Agree. You read that sound bite out of context and your led to believe Ben was upset they didn’t run more in the second half. But that was not the case at all, because he basically defended throwing the ball more in the second half, telling that to both Aditi and Ed Bouchette. Honestly, I think Ben just chose a poor way of trying to end his conversation with Aditi. There was no intent to throw Haley’s playcalling under the bus.

    Also, you’re spot on about Ben being extremely upset about having just been eliminated. That was readily apparent in video from locker-room. I like to see that in players I root for. And like Ben, I’m happy with where the offense is right now. Haley should and will be back.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Thanks for answering my question.

  • Mike Carroll

    Nice post. I agree with most of what you wrote, except for the final sentence. Scoring more points would be great, but fixing the defense is much more important for them to seriously compete for championships again.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The offense isn’t turning the ball over much…we are getting better production out of the offense, Ben isn’t getting sacked much from an awful OL. This unit ATM isn’t awful by no means and Haley IMO deserves 1 more year.

  • JAMESH

    Zackly. Haley’s offense didn’t give up 34 points.

  • costanza2k1

    Same stuff every week, he makes a comment then tries to retract it Tues or Wed…you’d think he’d learn to not use his outside voice.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Yeah I agree with u as well at the beginning of the season there were some concerns with the OL and haleys play calling while the D was doing good. Now the offense is rolling smoothly and now the D is on the decline. When we solve one problem there is always another problem waiting, but I’m really happy the way the offense is developing.

  • Don

    You’re right, it’s clear the relationship is on the rocks…if you only read the gossip rag reporting that commenced the day Haley was hired.

    I don’t hang out with them, so I don’t how they get along either, but exactly why would he be upset with him or the offense right now? Surely he’s not happy that they’re losing, but he’s having a career year. And even in the event that there was a disagreement on strategy, why does that automatically escalate to Real Housewives-level drama?

  • Don

    That’s like blaming Romo for the 51-48 loss to Denver.

  • Don

    Good point. Whenever the Steelers long reign of success is discussed, organizational stability is listed as a key. They’re the exception in a league constantly in flux.

  • alex

    greatest offensive need right now, a big fast TE/WR with hands…that combined with the change from Sanders to Moye (excuse me Wheaton), means much improved success in the red zone and for our offense as a whole…

  • SumnerYoung

    Right, and also the #1 TE coming back from major knee surgery, and a rookie RB logging most of the snaps. Plus both of those guys, Heath and Leveon, missed a lot of training camp and the early part of the season. Once they got into the flow of the offense (about mid season) it started to pick up.

  • treeher

    I concede your points, but my judgment is based on totality of his tenure, not “what have you done for me lately.”

  • Chad H

    Look at all the posts that blasted Ben in the original post. Now that the entire context comes out it’s not the same painted picture. Just so happened I posted that people were reading more into it.
    If everyone doesn’t see that the media is trying to rip the life out of the Steelers this year then they haven’t watched a game where the shithead Chris Collinsworthless has been an announcer.

  • Chad H

    If the offense was still playing the way they were when they played the first 4 games then Haley would be gone. I even asked for Haley to be gone. Now I’m saying no to that. The offense is playing good our D is not making the stops it needs. I believe Haley went away from the run to blow the Dolphins out of the water. One problem the D couldn’t stop anything. In the end we lost because of the D. I am for Haley to stay and year 3 under his system may be amazing.