Weve been waiting for this. If things werent going so smoothly in Pittsburgh and a 1-2 start would qualify as less than smooth, especially when the Ravens sit atop the AFC North at 3-1 we were certain to start hearing about how Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was having issues with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
This week, Roethlisberger denied there were any problems. So, if he had to deny it, some minds would think it means just the opposite.
The issue arose out of Sundays loss in Oakland, where Roethlisberger used signals during no-huddle plays that werent part of Haleys offense but had been used under previous coordinator Bruce Arians. These signals have since been added by Haley.
I really didnt think it would get blown up as much as it did, and I know some people are saying that Ive been resistant to Todd, Roethlisberger said, as reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. But its one of those things that we went to Todd, and its in the playbook now. It was simply a signal that I used with our receivers on two different occasions. We converted both plays. It worked out.
However, Roethlisberger said he still is in contact with Arians, now with the Colts. We talk every week, the QB said.
Look at it this way: Suppose your girlfriend told you everything was fine in your relationship, but shes still talking to her ex every week. And then she uses signals during the no-huddle that her ex taught her OK, the analogy breaks down a bit there, but you know what I mean.