Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 12/21/12
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was clearly upset with Haley about the offensive playcalling in their overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. "Haley's offense is not a big-play offense," Roethlisberger said. "It's kind of a dink-and-dunk offense." “Sometimes, we‘ll call something long, and it‘s just not there,” he said. “For us, the big thing is that when we get into the red zone, we don‘t get complicated. We need to finish drives.” Ben has since embarked on an apology tour, speaking with Haley and head coach Mike Tomlin to smooth thing over. Haley's response was that Ben's frustrations were running high after the loss and there's no beef here. Seems out of character for a guy that's been known as sort of an a-hole, I guess we're seeing the new Todd Haley. "That was an emotional game," he said. "Whatever was said can't be taken too much to the heart because that's the way this game is. Guys will get into it in locker rooms, in the building, on the practice field. It's the mindset you get into when you're getting ready to compete and coach a big game. There's emotion involved. I wouldn't really pay much attention to anything that's said in an emotional state of mind." "I think healthy conflict, discussion, banter is good because it gets you to the right place and gets everyone on the same page and where you need to be," Haley said. "Like I've said a number of times when I make a call into Ben's ear in the game I'm putting complete faith in him to make it the best call it can be. The same goes for him. When he hears my voice he has to trust and believe that the play coming is giving us the best chance to succeed. You develop that in these Sunday battles against other teams. That's where it develops with the trust and camaraderie. That's what's occurred. There will be ups and downs because there's emotion and a lot at stake every week. We put a lot of time, effort and sacrifice into this. I think a little bit of healthy conflict is a good thing." var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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