Only a few minutes into the Pittsburgh Steelers' season opener against Tennessee last week, they lost one of their key players in center Maurkice Pouncey. For Todd Haley, the sideline response felt all too familiar.
The former Kansas City Chiefs head coach watched his team lose safety Eric Berry on opening day in 2011 and then running back Jamaal Charles a week later. Both times Haley watched the rest of the players overextend themselves to make up for the losses.
Now the Steelers' offensive coordinator, Haley saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger react in a similar way last week by reverting to an old habit of holding onto the football for a while in the name of making a play. Haley appreciates the effort and sacrifice, but he had to remind his 31-year-old quarterback this past week to keep his own safety in mind.
"The human nature thing is everybody tries to do too much, and obviously Ben, leading the team and handling the football every snap, he's at the forefront of that," Haley...