Sep 16, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the second half of the game against the New York Jets at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steeltown Blues: Analyzing Ben Roethlisberger's Season-Long Feud with Todd Haley


 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have never gotten into an offensive rhythm during the 2012 season. They’ve scored 24 points or less in 11 of their 14 contests, and have reached the 30 point mark just once. This comes just one season after having the NFL’s 12th-ranked offense, and QB Ben Roethlisberger believes play-calling is part of the issue:

When he was asked why Prob Bowl TE Heath Miller didn’t have a single pass thrown his way in the second-half of their 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Roethlisberger replied,

I just don’t think we called the right plays to get him the ball.

When asked why the Steelers didn’t run more no-huddle offense in the second half, something Roethlisberger has thrived with, he answered,

That’s tough for me to answer right now. The second half we didn’t do much of it, and that’s disappointing.

You can watch the full interview here:

Perhaps he’s more disappointing that the team chose to fire former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who has guided the Indianapolis Colts to the NFL 9th-ranked offense, compared to Pittsburgh’s 19th-ranked offense. Ben was clearly not a fan of this move, nor the hiring of Todd Haley to be his new OC, as evidenced by comments he made about Haley’s offense earlier this year:

Haley’s offense is not a big-play offense. It’s kind of a dink-and-dunk offense.

The Steelers’ playoff lives are on the line Sunday, so if Ben and Haley are ever going to get over their differences and find common ground, this will be the week it happens. If it doesn’t and they continue to implode, the Cincinnati Bengals will certainly be rejoicing at their expense.

 

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