The team's new offensive coordinator was linked to chatter of moving to a run-heavy offense, which never sat well with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But the Steelers are still throwing the ball all over the place, and Haley and Big Ben have made it work -- for the most part.
"We had one little incident," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, referring to a sideline spat in the season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. Haley went at Roethlisberger on the sideline, but the veteran quarterback chose a path of peace.
"I walked away. I'll leave it at that. I walked away," Roethlisberger said.
Pittsburgh's former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians remains extremely close to Roethlisberger -- calling him "my other son" -- and told the newspaper in the summer that "yelling at (Ben) -- especially on game day -- is the worst thing you can do."
The best thing you can do is let Roethlisberger play his game. This is a quarterback who's at his best calling his own plays in a no-huddle scheme with the game on the line. We've seen enough of that early on to suggest that Haley's system won't squelch the quarterback's mojo. Maybe this new arrangement will work out -- things usually do in the Steel City.
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