Ben Roethlisberger Openly Criticizes Play Calling in Loss to Cowboys
Per a report from Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not happy with the play calling in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. The All Pro quarterback didn’t mince words when asked about offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s play selection. When asked why tight end Heath Miller did not see more targets late in the game, Roethlisberger responded candidly:
“I don‘t think we called the right plays to get him the ball.”
Roethlisberger also expressed disappointment that the no-huddle, which appeared to be working against the Cowboys, was abandoned later in the game. When asked abou the 30-yard touchdown pass to Miller, he said they improvised it because:
“The play that was called wasn‘t a good play at all against a prevent defense. So we started making a play.”
Perhaps the play calling was poor and as the offensive coordinator, Haley will shoulder a hefty portion of the blame. However, it was not Haley who threw a poor pass behind receiver Mike Wallace in overtime that the Cowboys were able to return to the 1-yard line and end the game. Additionally, receiver Antonio Brown had three plays late in the game that contributed to the Cowboys being able to tie the game and force overtime. Safe to say there is plenty of blame to go around in Pittsburgh and internal strife will not help them win out and get into the playoffs.
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