Haley Says Sunday Sideline Tirade Was Directed At Another Coach, Not Roethlisberger

Who was Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley yelling at during Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts? Well, while we still don’t know for sure, Haley claims his seemingly obscenity-laced tirade wasn’t directed at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haley said Tuesday afternoon that he wasn’t yelling at Roethlisberger Sunday but at an unnamed coach when the CBS television cameras caught him.

Haley was obviously upset at the way things transpired when the Steelers were about to attempt a two-point conversion following a fourth quarter touchdown. After the Steelers were forced to call a timeout after players failed to line up correctly for the two-point conversion, the offense then took a 5-yard delay of game penalty immediately after that as players still couldn’t line up correctly.

Roethlisberger talked a little about Haley’s sideline outburst during his Monday interview on 93.7 The Fan.

“You know, it was crazy, yeah, obviously he was screaming,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s nothing new, him screaming at me during games. You guys don’t ever see it. I don’t know if he was actually yelling at me through the headset because I didn’t hear that, but I did look over at the sideline and he was definitely screaming. I know they’re making a big deal about it today on social media and that’s how you guys are all hearing and seeing about it.”

Roethlisberger gave a little more insight into what was happening on the sideline during that point of the game.

“I know there was some coach to coach arguing, him hollering, all kinds of things, but at the time, it’s just you move on,” Roethlisberger explained. “You can’t really get caught up in that stuff so that’s why I was focused on kind of what was going on there. It was the same sort of thing on the last drive, the big play to Martavis [Bryant]. He [Haley] was trying to call another play. He kind of wanted us to huddle and do some things and I was kind of like, no, in hollering at me and what not, it’s just like, you know what, we’ve just got to move and go and so I called that play to Martavis and he made a big play.”

Well, this certainly is going to screw up a lot of current narratives floating around. At least we know Haley wasn’t yelling at linebackers coach Joey Porter.

  • CP72

    Hope he wasn’t telling Mike Munchak to shut the F-up. That’s a good way your ass kicked.

  • still desi

    Now Haley is an outright liar. Who else could he possibly have been screaming at in that situation? And it’s very clear Haley says “STFU Ben STFU” – I don’t believe there are any coaches named Ben lol.

  • The Chin

    Haha. No doubt

  • Ed

    I don’t really care who he was telling to STFU to but if it was a coach instead of Ben… How does that make it better or more acceptable? It is OK to yell a coaching peer or underlining, but not Ben or another player? Just stupid.

  • Doug Andrews

    Wish there was a camera angle to show Haley in relation to where Ben was standing. I could’ve sworn Haley was looking and yelling down the sidelines at Ben. Anyways good attempt to do some damage control i guess.

  • Petherson Silveira

    maybeee, is “STFU man STFU”

  • Stairway7

    Could you hear it? I watched it on TV and unless you could read lips you couldn’t tell what he was saying.

  • still desi

    Here’s what we know:
    1 – Haley wanted to kick the xp after the dog penalty
    2 – Tomlin said no leave the offense out there and go for it
    3 – Ben sided with Tomlin and wanted to go for it
    Those are all pretty much facts, then we cut to Haley cursing someone out. Who else besides Ben could it possibly have been?

  • Matt Manzo

    Or STFU “then”?

  • will

    See “Still desi” above. It was quite clear to me too as to what he was yelling. Haley is not being honest in this case.

  • Daryl Bennett

    I could believe that he was possibly yelling at Danny Smith to keep the extra point kicking team off of the field.

  • will

    I call BS!!!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    If Haley wanted to yell at Ben; he just had to have the mike on; Ben said he didn’t hear what he said so sounds like that was not the case making it more credible that it was another coach on sideline who was getting the earful.

  • heath miller

    agree… i think yelling at danny smith … cant be joey hes behind him .. cant be munch .. he would kick his ass… cant be mann he is quiet… cant be tomlin or he be fired today … had to be danny smith and danny cant hear him because his too busy blowing bubbles with his giant wad a gum ) Look in the video at haleys wad a gum.. triple that and you have the size of danny smiths gum… maybe hes yelling HEY DANNY YOU CANT HAVE A BIGGER WAD OF GUM THAN I DO !!!! HEEEEATH

  • Sven_Hunkstrom

    Not buying it. He’s plainly yelling “STFU Ben and run the play.” The “run the play” part only makes sense if directed at one person on earth.

  • Ken Krampert

    It is a crap story, but if he was yelling at anyone it was either Danny Smith or Randy Fichtner. Ben was going to Fichtner on the sideline before Haley much of the game. There may be some beef with the QB coach and The OC, because Ben is cozying up with Fichtner. Could make sense, because Ben seems to be throwing Haley under the bus a lot lately.

  • SouthernSteel

    I thought he was yelling at James Saxon because the RB didn’t know the play…

  • SouthernSteel

    Either way looks like Haley is starting to feel the heat..

  • Kevin artis

    I thought it was the running back coach because Bell looked confused on the what he was doing.

  • Orlysteel

    He got to go , there is no way you have this firepower and under perform week after week.

  • Steel Your Face

    I’d yell at Danny too, every single time their punt return game fails to yield a single yard for the offense. Unacceptable…

  • pittfan

    not to mention kick returns…#31 in the league!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Haley said that a few people were lined up wrong. Then they called a timeout, and not everyone decided to come to the sideline. Cue the next play, and the SAME people were lined up wrong again. I think Haley was likely yelling at Saxon or Mann.

  • NinjaMountie

    Welcome to another episode of Steelers High School Drama.
    Personally, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Still, I do think there is some issues going on between Ben and Haley. Then again, that’s been speculated on for years so I’m not exactly Sherlock Holmes.
    As far as alpha type men yelling at each other in high stress situations, it happens all the time. Not a big deal on its own.

  • WB Tarleton

    Cozying up and talking to his position coach?

    Who whudda thunk it!

    I saw Dupree cozying up and talking to Porter. Must be a problem with Tomlin!

  • WB Tarleton

    That may or may not be true, but it is at least based on some sound reasoning rather than poor lip reading and animus.

  • Ken Krampert

    Ben is obviously not happy with Haley. Most QBs go directly to the OC on the sideline. I think Fichtner is their go between. Whooda thunk it …..

  • walter

    I thought it was “Run the bubble screen Ben, run the bubble screen!”

  • ryan72384

    If he was yelling at Danny Smith then I’m all for it

  • Uncle Rico.

    Better guess than Roethlisberger, imo. Guessing McDonald screwed up the first time. When they lined up the second time he was on the sidelines and James was in and on the other side of center. Not sure what happened the second time to scuttle it. Bryant motioned the first time. Maybe there wasn’t enough time on the play clock the second time to motion and snap. Never showed the play clock. But that doesn’t make much sense. You’d end up with all 5 eligibles to the right. I’m as confused as apparently all 11 players were.

    Camera catches Haley mouthing what appears to be a pair of STFUs sandwiching a one syllable word. But we don’t know if that’s a live shot or if they caught that some/many seconds earlier and scabbed it in. And since the broadcast cut from Roethlisberger to Haley’s outburst everyone assumes that one syllable word was Ben. He’s got a headset to communicate. He doesn’t need to scream at Roethlisberger from literally 40+ yards away to get his attention. And it’s not a two-way radio, so it’s not like Roethlisberger has an open mic or like he’s holding down the button on a walkie talkie and Haley can’t get through. Roethlisberger wasn’t agitated at that point and wasn’t really talking. Doesn’t make sense that he’d be the object of that STFU.

  • SteelerDieHard

    I want to yell what he’s yelling,, at people on chat boards complaining about coaches and players getting heated during a FOOTBALL game!

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  • Frank Martin

    Maybe “Shut the F_ Up!” is an endearing, friendly phrase that coaches and players yell at each other.

  • Mutatedgenome

    Yeah …looks like STFU Danny to me now. I’m buying it. There’s a better clip on Twitter,…not as choppy as this one.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies! This team is bad at lying. New England on the other hand, great, pathological, deceitful liars.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    I still have the game on my DVR. I am going to have to take a look now.

  • dany

    “You can’t really get caught up in that stuff so that’s why I was focused on kind of what was going on there”

    thanks Ben! Perhaps tell reporters to stop nitpicking and report real s***. Oh wait, you are, they just don’t listen. Hope he keeps ignoring all the drama

  • JimK-51

    You know I hate the Cheatriots & Belicheat as much as any of you’s do, but it seems like no matter who go’s down on that team they just plug in any rookie, free agent, or somebody else that nobody’s ever heard of and they keep winning games, and they win them big.
    Now we supposedly have all of this talent the “Killer Bees”, as A matter of fact it is our own Rookie Ju Ju that is the only one playing well consistently,and we can barely beat scrub team’s like the Colts who are barely surviving. Don’t you think there is something very, very wrong with this picture?????????????

  • Matthew Marczi

    First of all, there would be no problem with Haley telling Roethlisberger to shut up. I don’t get why everybody is freaking out about that. If people actually liked Haley they wouldn’t care. It’s just another excuse for people who don’t like him to yell and cry about him.

    Beyond that, the idea that you think you can positively identify the name Ben in there, I’m assuming without even watching it in slow motion, enough to call somebody a liar, is ridiculous. In order to say ‘Ben’, the tip of your tongue has to end on the roof of your mouth. It’s not at all clear in the video that this happens. In fact, by the stretching of his mouth, it seems more likely that he is using a word that makes an elongated ‘a’ sound, something like ‘hey’, to get somebody’s attention, which would also explain why he repeated the STFU. Your gum doesn’t almost go flying out of your mouth by pronouncing an ‘en’ sound.

    Additionally, the entire premise in your follow-up post is eroded by the fact that this exchange came not after the penalty, but after the timeout, so this was not an argument about either going for two or kicking the extra point.

  • Matthew Marczi

    He says “STFU” twice. You’re imagining him saying “run the play”.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I saw JuJu Smith-Schuster go up to Fichtner too. What does that mean?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Ben was still well between the numbers when they show Haley yelling, as he pauses to convene with the official near Bell, who was lined up tight in the right slot. I agree with your that it looks like Haley was yelling down the sideline and not toward the field.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    This guy takes time out of his responsibility, which is planning and calling the game, to get all pissy and start screaming at people on the sideline, and it’s probably directed at the guy who has to remain cool and collected, Ben.

    He is a toxic guy, a real loser. Is it every time the O looks befuddled and out of kilter, it’s because this chump is stamping his feet and having a little hissy fit? I would bet on it.

  • Got’em!

  • Steve

    When Haley was ran out of KC, he was paranoid that someone was hearing what he said and did. The guy is delusional and does not tell the truth.

  • Steve

    Thanks for the laugh – That’s some funny stuff.

  • Steve

    Sounds like Heley is in the Doghouse.

  • Steve

    Only nice thing I have seen out of the Special Teams is the toss by Golden, on the fake punt.

  • Steve

    Bill is a smart coach. Very seldomly gets mad. Wears old nasty cloths that he had for 10 years, so he has to be comfortable. I don’t hate Bill, he don’t take no BS. He loves to take kids on their first job and raise them up. coached his way. One thing the Pats don’t do well is draft. They cheat with the best and will do most anything to win. They don’t stop scoring and don’t make substitutions when they are up by 30 points. Its peddle to the mettle with Bill. It amazed me that the Pats came back to win the Superbowl.

  • ImMikeD

    Hey, I’ve had obscenity laced tirades directed at Danny Smith too, albeit on the other side of the TV

  • Av232

    Go look in the mirror. Say STFU Ben. STFU Dan. STUF Man. That was fun man. Go turn on that fan.

    Then STFU, man.

  • razaard2

    Football coaches yelling and cursing is supposed to be a cliché, not a surprise. Why is this even news, folks?

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Tomlin maybe but we also know there definitely should have been some cursing. somebody definitely needed cussed out & embarrassed. I Don’t blame Haley one bit. Somebody needed put on blast. Properly prepared NFL teams don’t look like that in that situation.

  • Ken Krampert

    He asked him to go into the no huddle because Haley’s play calling blows….

  • Ken Krampert

    Ya, HEley should be….

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    I just rewatched the game on the DVR. I think he actually is saying Danny. Oh crap, I agree with Haley!

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Its not good whoever it was, but the “Mike” he told to STFU could be Tomlin.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    It is “STFU Mike”

  • D.j. Reynolds

    “Mike” Tomlin, hence the words “STFU Mike”

  • D.j. Reynolds

    I think it is clearly, “STFU Mike” as in Tomlin or Munchak.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Mike Tomlin is the one at whom he was directing that tirade.

    Yet another reason we are hearing this week that Haley is on the hot seat!

  • Mark

    Because nobody in America watching him on TV knows how to read lips…..

  • Arthur Branch

    Haley should be on the hot seat. All the talent he has on offense and they are struggling to score against one of the worst defenses in the league.

  • Arthur Branch

    This is football everyone that’s been around it is used to coaches yelling and cussing since pee wee league. This is a non issue.

  • treeher

    Man’s feeling the pressure of a suck offense that he is responsible for.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    bellicheck is also not just the coach. he has the powers of tomlin and colbert.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    still looks like the the effing play in to me.