Steeler Nation, we are all familiar with the rocky beginning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley had. The relationship was anything but love at first sight.
Todd Haley was hired to replace Bruce Arians. It’s no secret that Roethlisberger and former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had become close friends and no matter who had taken his place, there would be an adjustment period.
In year two there began a defrosting in their relationship as Roethlisberger and Haley began to get a better understanding of one another.
The Steelers offense and Ben Roethlisberger began to pick up some steam by the end of last season ,a big reason for the Steelers 6-2 finish during the final 8 games of 2013.
Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger are now heading into their third season together and their relationship has grown stronger with every season.
The getting to know you period is now over and a closer bond has formed. Ben Roethlisberger spoke about his relationship with Haley, going into the 2014 season in a recent interview on 97.3 the Fans’ “The Cook and Poni Show” from his Roethlisberger Foundation Golf Invitational at Treesdale Country Club ….
“ Ben Roethlisberger: “There was an obvious growing period, you develop a relationship. I enjoy working with him. I think we have a good relationship now. You see it on the field and you will continue to see that when we get out there because my play will be better and the play-calling will really be better.”
One big step in the development of this good relationship has been Haley willingness to accept the “No-Huddle offense” an offense that Roethlisberger has thrived in. The “No-Huddle” gives control of much of the play calling to Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger has longed to run more of it for years now. Under Haley this season he will get his chance. Haley spoke on the subject…
Todd Haley:“We’ve been working hard at it (No-Huddle),that’s going to be part of what we do. We don’t want to just give it lip service. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into it and we’ll continue that in minicamp. You can kind of see the guys getting comfortable and making progress. [Ben Roethlisberger’s] comfort level with them is coming along.”
Todd Haley has said from the beginning that he is not a “system guy” and instead prefers working to his players strengths. Letting Ben Roethlisberger run more No-Huddle proves this to be more than just talk.
Steeler Nation, the Steelers’ offense began to take off at the end of 2013 and it looks as though Roethlisberger and Haley are ready to roll in 2014. Fasten your seat belts this may be one fun ride!
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