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Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:36 pm
Haley, left, still hasn't called Roethlisberger, center, despite being hired by Tomlin two weeks ago. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Josh Katzowitz

Todd Haley wasn’t exactly known as a player-friendly coach when he was at the helm of the Chiefs, and in his new job as the Steelers offensive coordinator, it appears he isn’t trying very hard to be Ben Roethlisberger’s best friend.

Or, you know, trying to talk to him at all.

That’s what Roethlisberger revealed to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, saying, “He still hasn’t called yet.”

The admission continues what has become a strange offseason for the Steelers, with team president Art Rooney II seemingly overruling coach Mike Tomlin and letting offensive coordinator Bruce Arians “retire.” Then, with the hiring of Haley, it’s been unclear who actually wanted him (there was speculation that Tomlin didn’t want Haley as much as Rooney did, though Rooney later came out and said Tomlin was the one who makes the assistant coaches decisions).

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With the loss of Arians, Roethlisberger made it clear he wasn’t happy with that decision, and when Haley was announced as the new hire, he said, “I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him. 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."

Roethlisberger probably wouldn’t have guessed that two weeks later, he still would be looking forward to meeting him (there’s a pretty good chance by this point, though, that Roethlisberger already has formed an opinion).

The Trib Review went on to write that Roethlisberger “definitely came across and had the tone that he has no intention of making the first move.” And really, why should he? Haley is the new guy, and Roethlisberger is the quarterback who’s won two Super Bowls. Roethlisberger is a top-10 quarterback, and Haley just got fired from Kansas City.

Seems like Haley would want to meet the guy who is responsible for leading the offense. Of course, we probably should have expected his from Haley.

"It doesn't matter where you stand on the totem pole," Kurt Warner, who played for Haley with the Cardinals, said earlier this month. "If he sees something you can do better, he lets you know about it. That was a reason for our success."

"He just wants you to do the right thing. Instead of getting offended, maybe you have to look at yourself and say, 'OK, that's a legitimate concern.' That's the way you get good. That's how you stay great. He will be good for Ben, not that Ben needs a lot of help.”

Of course, the only way for Haley to possibly help Roethlisberger would be to meet him. We’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for that to happen.

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Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:25 am

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

Haley is waiting to grow his beard back before they let Roethlisberger near him.  If his face looks too soft he is apt to get raped.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:11 am

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

Hey Ben, your in for a treat.  Hope you can deal with this guy. It was wild watching him and Warner go at it. Stay tuned.......

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:42 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

Ben Roethlisberger is a mega-rapist

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

Todd Haley is exactally what Ben needs right now. He needs someone that will get up in his business when he screws up and wont tolerate his arrogance. Ben needs a coach (Haley) right now, not a friend (Arians).

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:52 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

i fell so bad for rothlisberger. haley is a first class jerk. he is not a very good play caller either. rooney made a mistake bringing haley in.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:23 pm

Roethlisberger, Haley still haven't talked

lol!  haley talks?  all i've ever seen him do is yell..........

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