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Old 12-10-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Big Ben is riled up, again

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Like Peyton Manning, there’s a chance Ben Roethlisberger is happy only when he’s unhappy about something.

Last month, reports that the Steelers quarterback possibly wants out of Pittsburgh pissed Ben off — and sparked a winning streak. Now that the Steelers have lost a pair of winnable games in a row, Ben is upset about something else.

He doesn’t like the perception that he took a shot at offensive coordinator Todd Haley after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.

“It’s unbelievable,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, via ESPN.com. “It gets blown up and it’s by reporters that come in there and ask the dumbest questions after a game, and it makes it ridiculous when they only take part of your answer.

“It was taken way out of context. There is absolutely no issue between Coach Haley and I. I love where this offense is right now.”

As we’ve explained once or twice (or 50 times), there’s a huge difference between taking a quote out of context and isolating a quote. Isolating a quote in a way that doesn’t give it a different meaning when lifted out of its context is fair.

Here’s what Roethlisberger said that created the sense problems linger, via Adita Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, when asked about why the team got away from the running game in the second half against the Dolphins: “No idea. Coach Haley’s over there. You can ask him.”

Roethlisberger now says that the suggestion to pose the question to Coach Haley wasn’t intended to be a reflection on the man to whom Roethlisberger referred reporters.

“They take one little blurb of a whole sentence and it was not directed at Coach Haley, like ‘Go ask him, I don’t know why we didn’t do it,’” Roethlisberger said Tuesday. “It was, ‘He’s our coordinator, if you want to ask questions about play calling, go ask him about it. He’s the guy that calls the plays. If you want to ask me about the no-huddle and I’m calling [plays], then you can ask me.’”

That extra context isn’t doing much to change our own perception that Roethlisberger’s answer reflected frustration with Haley’s play calling. Otherwise, Ben would have shared some of the nuggets he has picked up during the past two years of working directly with Haley to help explain why the offense did what it did in that situation. Or maybe Ben would have provided some of the insights he acquired while talking to Haley during, you know, the game.

“[I]n no way shape or form was the [comment] directed negatively at him,” Roethlisberger insisted. “I think the offense is as good as it’s been in a long time. We’ve got guys doing some great things. I genuinely am enjoying this offense and what Coach Haley is doing and where we’re going. We’re getting [better] every week, and I think we can keep getting better.”

That doesn’t explain why Roethlisberger also reportedly declined to answer the question of whether he thinks changes need to be made on offense.

Maybe the media was unfairly taking his non-answer out of context, too.


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Old 12-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Big Ben is riled up, again

He was angry after a loss. I don't see a problem here with what Ben did or didn't answer or how he answered it. Regardless of what he meant it was under emotional distress so to speak.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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If people are taking Ben's quotes out of context, go ask him about it. He said those things.
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Default Re: Big Ben is riled up, again

This is another fun fact with regard to the repeated suggestions by Ben to ask Haley about the play calling that was brought up in the Ray Fittipaldo P-G chat yesterday

Assistant coaches are not permitted to get interviewed after games. Only the head coach. Mike Tomlin said after the game it was the flow of the game that changed the play calling.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/s...s/201312100144

Does the Tuesday Ben radio show have an designated weekly segment where listeners are told we now will hear Ben walk back various post-game remarks he has made?
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could you imagine bruce arians given post game loss interviews?

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the offense actually hasn't been bad this year. we've been putting up points, the problem is people are putting up even more points against our defense
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So..........Fire Haley?
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So..........Fire Haley?
I am afraid that could become a bargaining chip in offseason negotiations on whether to extend Ben's contract - but if Haley goes it needs to be right after the season ends
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Who called the plays on the 4th and 10 drive? That's what I want to know.
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I am afraid that could become a bargaining chip in offseason negotiations on whether to extend Ben's contract - but if Haley goes it needs to be right after the season ends
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BB: I'm listening...
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