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Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:21 pm
Ben doesn't sound thrilled about Haley coming to Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Friday's Pick-Six Podcast, we talked in-depth about the Steelers hiring Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator. I think it's a great move; Wilson hates it. And he's not the only one, either. Ben Roethlisberger doesn't sound too thrilled.

In an interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger said he's heard things, "both good and bad" about Haley from various people around the league.

"I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him," Roethlisberger said. "Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they're letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent. I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion."

Thus far, Roethlisberger's made no bones about his unhappiness with the Steelers "retiring" Bruce Arians. Typically when you see a new hire like this, the quarterback and/or face of the franchise guy spits standard lines like "I'm really excited about working with him" and "Obviously I'm sad that Bruce is gone, but I think Todd can help us continue to have one of the best offenses in the league."

Or something. Not for Roethlisberger -- he's enthusiastically terrified of change.

"That was my biggest talking point to Mike and those guys -- I would hate to just throw everything out and start over because I feel it would set us back two or three years because these guys are just starting to get it," Roethlisberger said. "I hope we don't have to start over and, if we do, you know what, here we go. Let's do it. We'll do it. We're not going to complain about it. But I would hate to have to set certain guys back who are doing so well right now."

Roethlisberger's concern is warranted, mainly because the Steelers passing game has really evolved into one of the league's best over the past few years. If hiring Haley meant taking a step back, that would obviously be problematic.

But the Rooney family has a decent history of producing good football teams and as much as Ben might be upset about the transition, he's better served to just trust the process and get to know Haley before passing too much judgment.

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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:58 am
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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:49 am

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

Can I just say that Ben Roethlisberger plays like shit in the playoffs? Well, I'm saying it, and to all the Ben haters (hey, that's me!), it's "make it or break" it time.  He's pushing 30, and if he doesn't start playing like Elway, especially in the post-season,  Haley is going to try and get him to elevate his game.  If Ben doesn't improve, he goes to the back of the line (if not out the door) and somebody else takes his place.  The Steelers could get to the playoffs with Colt McCoy, Matt Moore, Matt Leinhart, Dan Orlovsky, Troy Smith, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, and yes, Kurt Warner could take them to the Super Bowl next year.  Hell, with Jason Campbell, Kyle Orton, and/or Matt Cassell possibly hitting the open market as well, forget 3 years, next year could be Roethlisberger's last year in black and gold! 

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:41 pm

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

The way I look at it, Ben was honest. Since when was that a crime? Imagine if your company let go of your manager, whom you liked, was a friend and statistically had a good deal of success. You probably wouldn;t be the first person to step up and celebrate his replacement. yeah, ben definitely needs to have ego reigned in, but stop crucifying him for THESE comments.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 8:19 pm

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

Steelers season tickets have been in our family since 1969... and despite that if I still lived in Pittsburgh I would be picketing the Steelers offices to get rid of this ungrateful QB.  I appreciate how talented he is but a "deal with the devil" isn't worth it in my opinion.
Ben can go. Trade him, get what you can. Move up in the draft and start over.

Heck, give Peyton a shot as a short term fix until the young draftee develops.Wink

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:56 pm

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

Who does this guy think he is anyway?  Since when do players constantly talk to the media about what their management is doing?

Honestly, it just might be time for Big Ben to take a hike.  The Steelers were a great organization long before Ben came around, and they'll be successful and a winning organization long after he leaves.  In the overall realm of things Ben means NOTHING to the Steeler's organization, nothing at all.

I have a ton of respect for the Rooney family,,,,, but I have to say, I hate Ben.   And that's tough for me to say because although i dislike some athletes, I don't hate easily.  But Ben?  I hate... 

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:31 pm

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

Yep... just be quiet and play for whoever you are told Big Ben.  You are on Strike 3, so just shut up and play. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Ben's heard 'good and bad things' about Haley

He tried to pass judgement but was sacked and broke his femur in the process...

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