Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes Ben Roethlisberger's post-game comments about offensive coordinator Todd Haley were all out of frustration, and said Roethlisberger is "on board with what we're doing."
"That was a tough, hard-fought football game, an emotional one, and. when you come up short, there are frustrations associated with that," Tomlin said of the Steelers' 27-24 overtime loss in Dallas. "I'm sure if anything was read into his comments, it was just that. I met with Ben yesterday, and he's ready to move forward with this week."Roethlisberger was upset Haley didn't call more plays that involved tight end Heath Miller in the second half. But as noted by the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, the Steelers called nine plays designed for Miller, who had seven catches in the first half and only one in the second.
"Maybe in some instances, he was covered," Tomlin said. "Maybe in other instances, Ben chose another option. Maybe sometimes other options were dictated by coverage. The guy caught seven passes in the game. That's pretty good.
"For us, it's just about finding the necessary combination of plays to win. That needs to be our focus and, had we done that, it might not be a topic of discussion. That's where we're going to focus our energies."
Roethlisberger questioned why Haley did not use the no-huddle saying, "In the second half, we didn't do much of it -- and it's disappointing."
Tomlin said the coaches did not like how the offense was performing in the no-huddle. He said the no-huddle offense is used under certain circumstances.
"It depends on how the teams that we play respond to the utilization of it -- if it reduces their menu in any way, if it reduces their personnel packages in any way, if they struggled to make diverse calls under those circumstances. There's a myriad of reasons why we go to it. ... In some games, the utilization of it is easier than others, particularly on the quarterback."