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Big Ben frustrated with Haley’s ‘dink-and-dunk’ offense


BY ZACK KELBERMAN, Feedcrossing.com syndication

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had a mixed relationship with his new offensive coordinator Todd Haley this season. Photo by: Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

When the Steelers tabbed Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, replacing the oft-criticized Bruce Arians, it was thought he’d bring along with him a pass-happy, downfield attack, utilizing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s big arm and the troika of weapons surrounding him.

But it hasn’t been the case. Pittsburgh currently employs the No. 17-ranked offense and has failed to establish a consistent rhythm, much to the chagrin of a frustrated Big Ben.

“Haley’s offense is not a big-play offense,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It’s kind of a dink-and-dunk offense.”

One reporter asked Roethlisberger why the offense shies away from quick strike passes, especially after receiver Mike Wallace broke loose for an 82-yard touchdown last week.

Ben’s response was telling.

“There’s a guy calling the plays. That’s on him,” he said. “Sometimes, we’ll call something long, and it’s just not there. For us, the big thing is that when we get into the red zone, we don’t get complicated. We need to finish drives.” (more…)

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