Ben Roethlisberger Should Shut Up, Worry About Interceptions, Not Playcalling
Ben Roethlisberger isn't happy with Todd Haley's playcalling, but he'd be smart to keep his thoughts to himself and focus on his own mistakes, instead.
Per Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, via Sulia.com:
Ben Roethlisberger pointedly critical of not going to more no-huddle in second half. I just asked Roethlisberger why the Steelers got away from throwing to Heath Miller in the second half, and he came back with the reply. There have been times Ben has been veiled in his criticisms of Todd Haley. This is NOT one of those times.
Roethlisberger may have a point, but in the end, he needs to just stick to doing what he's paid to do. He is responsible for making a poor throw in overtime that lost the game in Dallas against the Cowboys in Week 15, and there's no doubt that it had nothing to do with a bad call.
If he has a problem with Haley's decision to abandon the no-huddle offense, then he needs to talk to Haley about it behind closed doors rather than airing out the team's dirty laundry for all to see.
The Steelers have lost four of their last five games, and the last thing this team needs is drama.
After sitting out three games with his rib injury, Big Ben and his offense came out flat in Week 14—only putting up three points in the first half at home against the San Diego Chargers. Roethlisberger then fumbled the ball early in the second half, leading to a touchdown, and later threw a fourth-quarter interception that led to another Chargers touchdown.
Then, he lost the game in Dallas on a poor throw in overtime.
Kevin Colbert and the team's decision makers are responsible for hiring Todd Haley, and it's Roethlisberger and his teammates who are responsible for executing his offense.
Should Big Ben speak out or keep his mouth shut?
Playcalling has nothing to do with execution (unless the Steelers players aren't playing as hard as they can out of frustration), and as Roethlisberger continually and correctly identified in his interview, the Steelers haven't been executing the plays they're given.
It's time to stop pointing fingers, Big Ben. Just do your job, cut down on your turnovers and keep any criticisms you have about your offensive coordinator away from the media.
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