Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apologized to the Steelers organization for his comments about the play calling in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Roethlisberger mentioned after the defeat that he wished the offense would have ran the no-huddle offense more often against the Cowboys.
Roethlisberger completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Coincidently, Big Ben’s interception that broke the back of Pittsburgh in overtime happened when the Steelers were not in the no-huddle offense.
This tension between Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been swept under the rug all season long, and now looks like it’s finally coming to the light. In addition to all of the injuries and inconsistent play on the offensive side of the ball, this is something that will only make things more difficult.
Personally, I feel that Roethlisberger apologized only because it seemed to be the right thing to do. He might be apologetic about letting his feelings be known to the public, but I don’t think that this apology is giving the message that he agrees with Haley.
Even though head coach Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger is “on board” in regards to the offensive scheme, deep down, Big Ben still wants to ditch the more conservative passing game and take more chances down field.
This apology was given to simply do one thing, which is to take away as much negative attention as possible for the team going into a must-win game in Week 16. Pittsburgh needs to win against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, who have a one-game lead for the final wildcard spot in the AFC.
Of course, saying that Roethlisberger’s apology wasn’t wholehearted is just my opinion. However, if the apology was real or not, Big Ben, Haley, and the rest of the Steelers’ offense needs to come up with a much better game plan than last week, or their season will be over.
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