Roethlisberger wants to form own opinion on Haley
Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he will wait and form his own opinion on new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was formally introduced as the Pittsburgh Steelers' OC on Thursday.
"I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him," Roethlisberger said. "Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they're letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent. I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion."
Roethlisberger admitted he was "shocked" when he learned the Steelers would not be bringing back Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator, a spot he had held since 2007. Arians wound up as the new offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts after being set free by the Steelers.
Big Ben said he hopes that Haley doesn't want to start from scratch with a new offense, because, he said, several players, including some of his young wide receivers are still learning the current system.
"That was my biggest talking point to Mike (Tomlin) and those guys -- I would hate to just throw everything out and start over because I feel it would set us back two or three years because these guys are just starting to get it," Roethlisberger said. "I hope we don't have to start over and, if we do, you know what, here we go. Let's do it. We'll do it. We're not going to complain about it. But I would hate to have to set certain guys back who are doing so well right now."
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com