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Ben Roethlisberger seems unhappy with the Steelers’ playcalling

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer and linebacker DeMarcus Ware during their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2nd L) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (back) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (on ground), as center Maurkice Pouncey (L) blocks in the second half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was unsurprisingly unhappy after Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. And while Roethlisberger told reporters in the locker room after the game that he primarily put the blame for the loss on himself, he also hinted that he thinks Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley deserved some of the blame.

Roethlisberger, whose relationship with Haley has been a hot-button topic in Pittsburgh this season, didn’t mention Haley by name. But he did make a couple of comments that suggested he wasn’t crazy about the way Haley was calling plays.

Asked why tight end Heath Miller didn’t have a single pass thrown his way in the second half, Roethlisberger answered, “I just don’t think we called the right plays to get him the ball.”

And when asked why the Steelers didn’t run more no-huddle offense in the second half, Roethlisberger acknowledged he wished they had done more.

“That’s tough for me to answer right now,” he said. “The second half we didn’t do much of it, and that’s disappointing.”

For the Steelers, there’s a lot to be disappointed about after today’s loss. The good news is that they can still salvage their season and make the playoffs if they win their last two games. The bad news is a feud between Roethlisberger and Haley isn’t the best way to begin a crucial week of work before the Week 16 meeting with the Bengals.