Throughout the offseason and the first two weeks of the regular season, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be content with how everything was being run by offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Now the tide seems to be shifting with the latest remarks by Roethlisberger about Haley’s offensive play calling.
Big Ben mentioned to the media today that he would like to run the no-huddle offense more often. This is something Pittsburgh did in Week 1 versus the Denver Broncos, but completely shied away from in Week 2 against the New York Jets.
I actually think Big Ben has a valid point. The Steelers’ running game is ranked 30th in NFL, and probably won’t get better until running back Rashard Mendenhall returns from his injury. In addition, Roethlisberger is one of the best in the league at running the no-huddle offense.
Haley shouldn’t take away what makes Big Ben the great quarterback that he is. Let’s not forget that Roethlisberger engineered one of the greatest game-winning drives in NFL history during Super Bowl XLIII using the no-huddle offense (and Haley should remember because he was on the sideline of the opposing team).
Furthermore, the upcoming matchup against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday will be the best time to use the no-huddle. Oakland’s secondary is subpar, and after going up against highly talented cornerbacks in the first two weeks of the season, Pittsburgh’s receiving corps should have a field day.
Well, when it was announced that Haley would be the new offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh, the first thing that came to everyone’s mind was the constant altercations that he would get into with players on the sideline (mainly quarterbacks).
Big Ben seemed to have held his tongue as long as he could, but now it looks like he wants to get his input on what should be done offensively out in the open before it gets too late in the season.
Ladies and gentlemen, this just may be the start of the drama that everyone was anxiously anticipating between Haley and Roethlisberger.
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