Todd Haley Says He Hasn’t Seen Any Dropoff In Roethlisberger’s Play


While the talk of the week has been on Ben Roethlisberger’s play and future, including by yours truly, Todd Haley doesn’t seem nearly as concerned as the rest of us. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Haley said he hasn’t seen any dropoff with his quarterback’s play.

“I haven’t seen any dropoff in Ben,” Haley said via Steelers.com. “It’s been the other way is what I’ve talked about. I’ve seen him grow each and every year.”

Physically, Roethlisberger looks fine but in practice, he’s having one of his toughest seasons. He’s completing just 61.5% of his passes, the lowest mark since 2006, and he has seven interceptions, obviously influenced by last week’s five pick debacle in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Haley then explained the offense’s issues and why no one on that side of the ball is playing well.

“Unfortunately, just how this year started. We haven’t quite, any of us, played up to potential. For a lot of different reasons. It might be game situations. Have a lead or being a little on the safe side, a lot of different reasons. Last game was a bad game.”


Haley concluded by saying he didn’t want to place the focus too much on Roethlisberger’s status because of the tough challenge the Kansas City Chiefs pose this weekend.

The Steelers’ offense will certainly have to kick it into high gear against a Chiefs’ team averaging 32 points per game, hitting the 40+ barrier twice this season. The run game is strong, led by Kareem Hunt, and they’re getting big plays through the pass game.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is averaging under 20 points per game and have only put up more than seven points in one quarter this year, the worst mark in the NFL. They’ve yet to touch 30 points in a game, one of 11 teams who haven’t yet. Teams who haven’t include: Arizona, Cleveland, and the Jets.

The silver lining is that Roethlisberger and the Steelers generally have success against the Chiefs, beating them twice, including once at Arrowhead, last season. It’s a group that plays best when no one gives them a chance. And that’s pretty much what’s happening this week.


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  • Talyn Scarbrough

    I still think haley is the problem.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    For the love of God, fire this man.

    Edit: Not sure if he realized this but he just threw himself under the bus lol

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Apparently he agrees with you lol

  • falconsaftey43

    Can’t say I agree. Ben’s throw on the first drive to McDonald was perhaps the worst throw I’ve ever seen him make. Into the dirt like 10 yards away from the guy. He was never super accurate, but I don’t remember seeing him miss open guys as badly as he has at times this year. I also don’t think he trusts his other WRs outside of AB very much.

  • LHW

    The Steelers OC is blind. Could things get any worse!?

  • Charles Mullins

    I don’t know what throw your talking about, but usually when throws are really bad its a communication problem right? That would explain the trust issues.

  • SilverSteel

    What a crock. We call that “damage control” where I work. I saw the shift from objectivity to damage control starting on Tuesday. And it continues… I guess these people think the masses are incredibly stupid.

  • John

    I agree as to the WRs. I think he only trusts AB and maybe Rogers.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Haley: “I haven’t seen any dropoff in Ben”

    Stevie Wonder: “I haven’t seen any dropoff in Ben either”

  • Charles Mullins

    They are. Listen to talk radio callers and somehow the poor people think trump has their best interests in mind….

  • J.

    So he hasnt noticed a downfall and yet he says no one (which would include Ben) has played up to potential.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Oh brother. here we go.

  • T3xassteelers

    Then Haley has had a drop-off in production.

  • melblount

    Good grief.

    The weekly chirps and chatter from the players and coaches has now entered the Twilight Zone and the psychological horror being inflicted upon the fan base is indeed palpable.

    It’s hard to imagine the FO will NOT see fit to fire one or more of the coaches’ arses IF we don’t beat the Chiefs. Clearly, that would be a macbre twist for this organization, but such is life in the Twilight Zone.

  • Ichabod

    One of the problems

  • blue

    I am now convinced that Todd Haley is delusional and play calling is questionable at best.

  • mrallnite111 .

    Well, he has moved up from the 13 rank to the 10th rank quarterback this week. So we can expect a 500 yd + game since he’s been the negative-focus the past 2 weeks..

  • Ken Krampert

    Wow, seems like desperation support to me. They are all pretending like the dropoff isn’t real. It has been happening since mid last season. Random bad throws, inaccuracy, poor vision, multiple balls batted down. Reminds me of Peyton Manning a few years ago.

  • Michael Conrad

    Nuts just plain nuts. No drop off in Ben but no one has played up to potential. Lots of reasons and oh by the way don’t look at Ben problems cause KC is good and if they beat us. Its because they are good and don’t look at Ben or others because KC is good. Sure sounds like the coaches don’t believe and the players don’t believe they are good enough to compete.

    Did anyone see Carson Wentz last night. Hung in there and took a hit to make a throw. He had his right tackle out for the game and took a couple big hits.. Took off when he had to. Threw the receiver open and had good timing with the receivers. I guess desire and practice goes a long way.

    Oh no its just that the other team is good LOL. Haley and some of Rooney’s stay the coarse boys need a long look if this season tanks.

    I can see them playing well and losing but they will have to win for sure next week.

  • lyke skywalker

    Todd Haley alleged that his Kansas City office was bugged, amongst other things you could describe as delusional/paranoid.

  • pittfan

    TDS

  • Steven Vincent

    Physically, Roethlisberger looks like the ONLY utterly ill conditioned player in the NFL, one that somehow gets a pass for showing up for this season TOTALLY unprepared for it. He was handed the keys to a Ferrari and can’t even manage to drive it to the mailbox. Oh, and oh yeah, FIRE TODD HALEY.

  • Mark

    Haley Stevie Wonder who is he looking at

  • Rob H

    I can’t believe so many people are acting surprised by what he said.
    Ben’s issues have been clear to anyone who watches the games, let alone the coaches and players watching it all on tape all week, but that doesn’t mean Haley is going to come out and throw his franchise QB under the bus by rattling them all off in public. He even supported Ben’s decisions to go with those ridiculous pass plays on the second red zone drive, although he at least acknowledged that they were indeed calls by Ben made at the line.

    Anybody thinking he was going to come out and say anything like what’s been said in the media and by fans online hasn’t watched too many coach speak interviews.

  • SilverSteel

    True, but to blow smoke up our arse, is insulting to the fan base who keep the money flowing in. That ain’t “coach speak”, that’s a plain ole lie.

  • SilverSteel

    Or something, cause the listening world ain’t that gullible.

  • Rob H

    Maybe so, but it’s been going on since the media started covering football, going all the way down to the high school level, it’s where the term “coach speak” was born. It has definitely become even more apparent and exaggerated nowadays, with coaches trying to navigate the minefield known as social media and the 24/7 news cycle, where every single comment they make gets out to fans, the opposing teams, and the players themselves almost instantly.

    Occasionally you get a coach like Butler who is way more up front and transparent than most, but even he is not going to call out a player (publically) the way fans might want.
    Haley is more like most coaches, in that he’s going to be very careful and guarded about everything he says. I was actually somewhat shocked that he came out and said Ben was the one who made some of those pass calls in the redzone, but like I said, he followed that up immediately by supporting him on it, saying “he made the right reads”

  • Steel Realist PAul

    The Steelers shouldn’t be given a chance. Maybe they’ll show up for a change, but they also fold and lose 4 games in a row, like last year.

    So far this year, very little has looked as expected. Players like Bell holding out, causing timing issues and a slower start, Bryant ‘looking’ impressive but playing like a guy who’s been on a multi-year break, and a line that seems suddenly to, to be the same group they were just one year ago.

    I don’t think anyone expected the D to be great, but the people who’s names we know (save: Shazier, Hargrave and Watt) and the young new players who were bright spots last season, have all seemed to be in a bit of a fog. Thank you 31 for adding something.

    Digressing badly, Haley should say that, for sure. But Ben’s long ball hasn’t been the same even when he’s had time. Otherwise, the line hasn’t been giving him the time they did last year and last game showed that clearest.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    He’s played poorly for sure. I started mentioning him early, as he seemed off or something.

    But one thing I’ve seen with Ben before. While he doesn’t rattle easily, at times when he consistently is getting hit, he seems to struggle in general.

    And that’s been happening. He’s getting hit much more than last year. I started watching the gifs they’ve been showing for other things and he has no time on a bunch of plays. It’s pretty bad at times and the Jags game really highlighted it.

    For what it’s worth anyway..

  • Darth Blount 47

    On the boards last week, I counted numerous people who were hoping we’d be able to draft Luke Falk out of Washington State next year, since Ben is done and washed up.

    The number 8 in the country Cougars of Washington State, 6-0 going into their game last night, were against a 3-3 Cal team that has looked horrible.

    Falk, promptly went out and lost the game 37-3. He threw 5 INT’S and ZERO TD’s and had an 11 QBR (Which is insanely low/bad).

    So just remember, everyone has bad games. Even a few in a row. Even bad seasons. But a talent is a talent. And I think Falk is pretty talented. And I KNOW that Big Ben is.

  • gentry_gee

    If they don’t go back to fundamentals of offensive football and still try to cutely finesse the ball down the field with their spread offense on third and short, they will get massacred.

  • SilverSteel

    Agreed. And it’s good to hear that Ben made some of those GL calls. I have been miffed about that series all week and Haley was on my last nerve with the platitudes. On to KC. Hope to see you on the game thread. 🎃