Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 2/10/12
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This is starting to get old.  Ben Roethlisberger  needs to get out of the media.  In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette before Steelers new offensive coordinator even had his introductory press conference Roethlisberger had to talk about what he thought Haley should do.

This is now the third time since the start of the playoffs Roethlisberger has spoken for no reason and tried to play his hand through the media.  It started with the warning to not let Bruce Arians go at the end of the season.  Arians was not even on the chopping block at the time and Roethlisberger had to make a media push for him for no reason.  Then we had to hear about how he was headed up to Mr. Rooney’s office to get his two cents in.  Now we have to hear about how he does not want Haley to change anything.

For Roethlisberger to talk to the media about how he received text messages from other players about whether Haley was a good or bad coach is irrelevant.  I don’t care who thought Haley was a bad coach and quit giving the media more ammo to shoot at Haley about not being a players guy.  I also do not want to hear about how you do not want to change the offense.  Maybe if you would talk to your new coach before you run to the press it would be helpful.  Haley stated no more than an hour after this interview that he was going to do what he needed to do to help this team win.  He did not care about a scheme,  he cared about winning.  Listen before you speak.

Way to throw your receivers under the bus as well.  Roethlisberger said,

“They’re still the tip of the iceberg in this offense and they did as well as they did last year. And they’re just getting to the point that ‘OK, this makes sense to me.’

So now the guys you throw the ball to are not smart enough to learn a new offense?  They learned the first one.  They all were here less than 3 years and two of them went to the Pro Bowl.  They can learn what is not even going to be a new offense just a tweaked one this offseason.  They have until September to do it.  Take them out and learn it with them all summer instead of talking about how not to change it.

These are things that need to stay in house.  Roethlisberger does not need to go to the media to make his point.  It just makes him and this organization look worse every time he does it.  It does not make him look like a leader it makes him look like a big baby.  He needs to address these things behind closed doors.  The exact same way Coach Tomlin has.  Tomlin hasn’t made a peep to the media since the end of the season.  He got done what he needed to get done and now we have a press conference to introduce the new offensive coordinator.

I am normally a Roethlisberger supporter.  This is just starting to get on my nerves.  Media pressure does nothing for anyone.  Especially not this team.  If things do not get done then changes need to happen.  It will be that way for all of us the rest of our lives.  This team was predictable and did not score in the Red Zone.  That calls for change whether you like it or not.  It is life.  Get over it and play your butt off.  Worry about what your coaches are worried about, and that’s winning.  It’s not about me it is about team.

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