Roethlisberger's Career Intention Reveals Strained Rapport with Haley
It is now becoming very clear that Todd Haley, the former offensive coordinator and Ben Roethlisberger, have not been seeing eye to eye for a while now. This could only mean that the sentiments of Ian Rapoport on this matter could have been affirmative all this while.
Ben RoethlisbergerBen Roethlisberger Quartyerback #7
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
College: Miami (OH)
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
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It is no surprise that Roethlisberger had requested for trading a couple of years ago. It seems that all the major news outlets were right on this one. Despite the tension behind the scenes, the committed quarterback was quick to employ courtesy on Haley. He thanked the coordinator for doing a superb job while serving in Pittsburgh. This contradictory move has not managed to wipe out the glaring disconnect between the two.
Reports confirmed by ESPN state that Roethlisberger is looking to have three more seasons at the team. This may need a renewal of contract for the player. Either way, his talent can only boost Steelers odds going forward. Why is the disconnect between the duo so apparent? The following delve into history provides some insights. You will remember that the 2016 season ended on a punishing note for the Steelers. At the Gillette Stadium, the Patriots disciplined Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game. After this embarrassing loss, Roethlisberger categorically stated that he was considering retirement. These remarks were made at his weekly radio show.
However, he slowly retracted those remarks as the off-season wore on. With such heavy sentiments on radio, it was hard not to think that the management had not taken note; indeed, they were listening. In the season that followed, the Jaguars loudly won in the divisional round to eliminate any hope for Pittsburgh. As you can imagine, fans far and wide were expecting nothing different from the quarterback who is fondly known as Big Ben to his team mates. To everyone's surprise, Big Ben spoke to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and stated that he is indeed coming back for the new season.
It is this strange turn of events for No. 7 that put the dots together regarding his connection with Haley. Big Ben knew very well that the ending of the season was the last he would see and hear of Haley. The quarterback knew that Randy Fichtner would become the new offensive coordinator after being promoted from quarterbacks coach. With everything falling in place for him, there was no reason to leave the Steelers just yet. And this is the whole point to this story. How team mates and coaches interact and get along matters greatly. Big Ben and Haley were clearly cut from different cloth.
Now, Big Ben is a happy Steelers quarterback, having his preferred coach as offensive coordinator. It is therefore up to the quarterback to fully live out his potential. One may not know the actual issue that was the bone of contention for the two. What is now evident is that their cold war has played out on and off the field. For now, this offense leader is staying put in Pittsburgh and Haley's departure may finally put to rest any feud that existed.



Career Stats Stats


Season Team Passing Rushing Fumbles
G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2017 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 360 561 64.2 4,251 7.6 28 14 21 139 93.4 28 47 1.7 0 3 1
2016 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 14 328 509 64.4 3,819 7.5 29 13 17 141 95.4 16 14 0.9 1 8 2
2015 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 11 319 469 68.0 3,938 8.4 21 16 20 141 94.5 15 29 1.9 0 2 0
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 16 408 608 67.1 4,952 8.1 32 9 33 172 103.3 33 27 0.8 0 9 5
2013 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 16 375 584 64.2 4,261 7.3 28 14 42 282 92.0 27 99 3.7 1 9 6
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 13 284 449 63.3 3,265 7.3 26 8 30 182 97.0 26 92 3.5 0 6 3
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 324 513 63.2 4,077 7.9 21 14 40 269 90.1 31 70 2.3 0 8 5
2010 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 12 240 389 61.7 3,200 8.2 17 5 32 220 97.0 34 176 5.2 2 7 3
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 337 506 66.6 4,328 8.6 26 12 50 348 100.5 40 82 2.1 2 7 3
2008 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 16 281 469 59.9 3,301 7.0 17 15 46 284 80.1 34 101 3.0 2 14 7
2007 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 264 404 65.3 3,154 7.8 32 11 47 347 104.1 35 204 5.8 2 9 3
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers 15 15 280 469 59.7 3,513 7.5 18 23 46 280 75.4 32 98 3.1 2 5 2
2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 12 168 268 62.7 2,385 8.9 17 9 23 129 98.6 31 69 2.2 3 2 1
2004 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 13 196 295 66.4 2,621 8.9 17 11 30 213 98.1 56 144 2.6 1 2 2
Total 4,164 6,493 64.1 51,065 7.9 329 174 477 3,147 94.0 438 1,252 2.9 16 91 43
                                 


 


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