Saturday, August 24, 2013
A better Big Ben this year
By Brent Sobleski
Reports emerged last season which stated Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the team's offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, didn't exactly see eye to eye. The offense certainly had its struggles throughout the season. The Steelers finished 21st overall in total offense. It was the Steelers' worst performance on that side of the football since 2008. Haley expects his offense and Roethlisberger to perform at a higher level this season.
Roethlisberger has been more vocal and taken more of a leadership role this year.
"I wish I knew the offense even better than I do, just because I feel I know my answers will be even more right," Roethlisberger admitted to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I do the best I can to talk with Todd, to know the answers, so I can help these guys because they come to me and ask. And even if they don't come and ask, even in practice, if I see something, I'll come up to them and say, 'Do this,' or 'I'm thinking do this.' It helps to have that growth in this offense."
The evolution of being the offense's true leader is a step in the right direction for the Steelers' franchise quarterback.
"It's going to make him have to stay on his game all the time, because when you're asked questions from other people, giving the right answer is paramount to success," Haley told Dulac. "You need to have the right answer."
Familiarity in the offense will only help Roethlisberger make better decisions on game day. It will also allow him to check into better situations for two struggling position groups -- the offensive line and running backs.