During the 2012 off-season some very interesting things happened as far as the Pittsburgh Steelers are concerned.
Going against the popular belief, the most significant event that occurred entering into the 2012 Steelers campaign was Ben Roethlisberger’s wedding. “Big” Ben then had surgery when the 2013 mini-camp was about to begin. Now he continues to bark about not fully “understanding” the playbook terminology during the transitional period that the Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley was hired. “Big” Ben continues deflecting criticism of his sometimes erratic performances on Todd Haley and his offensive playbook, the offensive line, the lack of interceptions and turnovers by the defense.
In a story written by Alan Robinson and published by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Roethlisberger said, “We had everybody here and one new guy came. When he came in, he brought in his stuff and said, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’ “We would get things and we would say, ‘Oh, we know this play it’s the same thing we had but it’s called completely different. So why not call it the same thing?’ So there was a lot of frustration with that. I had them [disagreements] with BA (Bruce Arians) and coach Whis (Ken Whisenhunt). I think they got blown up.”
Ben also said, “I think it was big of Todd to say. ‘OK, let’s change it to things you are more comfortable with.’ Not everything went to a change, but it was nice we all got together.” Roethlisberger also said in the interview with Robinson that “I pulled a couple of the offensive guys aside this offseason and said, ‘Hey, listen I would like to take more of a leadership role of the whole team, and I’d like you guys to be more of the offensive leaders.”
The Steelers offense was ranked 21st in 2012, No. 12 in 2011, No. 14 in 2010. No. 7 in 2009, No. 22 in 2008. Are you kidding me? If indeed Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh’s “franchise” quarterback then by all statistical indicators he or the offense was not very good during the past five seasons regardless of what his personal statistics might suggest.
Now get this, ya can’t tie Todd Haley for the previous four seasons. C’mon now a “franchise” QB has to at least have his offense crack the top ten of a 32 team league, especially when the Offensive Coordinator is your “homeboy.” That’s not me talking ladies and gents, the numbers speak for themselves.
Also, please remember that he threw a “sophomoric” like pick against the Bengals last December that extinguished the Steelers chances of making the 2012 playoffs.
Gregg Rosenthal posted this from ‘Around The League’ on nfl.com: “Trying to make some late-game magic, Roethlisberger threw an inexcusable interception with just 14 seconds left. Dalton delivered one of his best throws of the day on the ensuing play, hitting A.J. Green for 21 yards, and Josh Brown sent the Steelers fans home unhappy with a game-winning, 43-yard field goal.”