Clash with Yet Another Coordinator Proves Ben Roethlisberger Is a Problem Child

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after Miller scored against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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When a team is losing, drama and controversy seems to sprout up like weeds that choke the life out of the productive elements of the team.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are no different.

After Pittsburgh's 24-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Ben Roethlisberger wasted no time in finding a place to lay some blame: his offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 

He lamented the lack of involvement for Heath Miller, stating that the right play calls weren't sent in that would make the tight end the first option.

Roethlisberger went on further to explain that the Steelers' offense has been hamstrung by Haley's reluctance to break out the no-huddle offense. Pittsburgh successfully ran the hurry-up at the end of the first half and failed to come back to it for the remainder of the game.

While his gripes might be legitimate, his use of the media to get them across is another indicator that Roethlisberger isn't always looking out for the best interest of the team.

For instance, there was some fear that Haley and Roethlisberger would butt heads because Haley would roll back the passing attack and rely on the ground game as is the Steelers' tradition. 

Yes, this was media speculation, but there was a basis. Roethlisberger had been difficult in the past.

The more famed (or infamous) allegations aside, another great example occurred when he crashed his motorcycle without a helmet. He might have had the right to do so, but he has obligations to the team that include taking care of his body to ensure he'll be ready to go.

Everything worked out in the end; but he had been lectured on the topic beforehand. 

And these are just the stories we know about.

Is Roethlisberger a great quarterback? No question.

Can he be a problem? Unfortunately, yes.