Per a tweet from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter, Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have finally sat down and talked. The details of their meeting were not released:
Haley, who was hired by the Steelers in this month, had previously been the head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-2011) and the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals (2009-2011). Known for his “in-your-face” coaching style, it was widely speculated as to how Haley and Roethlisberger would interact in the execution of the offense. Haley had previously worked in Arizona with All Pro quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin with great success, and all three have commented positively on Haley’s influence on their play. It is unclear what game plan Haley will bring to the Steel City and how much control Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will influence play calling. What is clear is that Haley and Roethlisberger should start off on the right foot by building a rapport, and it seems both are taking a step in that direction. Given that Haley was just hired on February 7th, his meeting with the franchise quarterback was within a reasonable timeframe.