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Roethlisberger tiring of Haley's 'dink-and-dunk' offense?

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09:44 AM ET 10.21 | Ben Roethlisberger seemed surprised when reporters crowded his locker Friday, seeking word on his heavily taped right ankle. Roethlisberger had practiced without issue. He didn't think the ankle was a big deal. Early in a two-minute drill with his inquisitors, he addressed a much-bigger deal: The Steelers' chronic inability to roll up lofty point totals. Things got more interesting when the crowd dispersed. I asked Roethlisberger if the offense has much room for "expansion." As in more big plays. "Haley's offense is not a big-play offense," he said. "It's kind of a dink-and-dunk offense." Our next exchange was more eye-opening. Me: "Is there room for more quick strikes?" Ben: "We did that last week (82-yard pass to Mike Wallace)." Me: "Right, but you never went back to it." Ben: "There's a guy calling the plays. That's on him." That's a quote sure to be repeated, but I can tell you Roethlisberger did not utter it with any venom. And he quickly elaborated. Or backtracked. I'm not sure which.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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October 21, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Just Shut It And Play, Bro.

October 21, 2012  09:58 AM ET

And we all know who the "dink" in the offense is.

October 21, 2012  10:08 AM ET

I guess this is it until someone gets hurt this afternoon...

October 21, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And we all know who the "dink" in the offense is.

Wallace?

October 21, 2012  10:11 AM ET

He also went on to say that big plays are being called, but they are not always open, there is no story here.

October 21, 2012  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And we all know who the "dink" in the offense is.

But he's become a more sensitive guy

October 21, 2012  10:37 AM ET

J-E-T-S...JETS..JETS..JETS........good morning peeps......another wonderful football Sunday....may all your teams win....
Except the Pats of course.....

October 21, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

J-E-T-S...JETS..JETS..JETS........good morning peeps......another wonderful football Sunday....may all your teams win....Except the Pats of course.....

Morning Sarge

October 21, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Morning Sarge

Morning Mangler.....big games for us this week....you guys gotta get back on track...and we need to make a statement ...

October 21, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

we need to make a statement ...

If I was a Jets fan that's what I'd be afraid of

October 21, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

...Except the Pats of course.....

...And the Panthers.

Morning all!

October 21, 2012  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

...And the Panthers. Morning all!

morning Otis

October 21, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

...And the Panthers. Morning all!

Morning Otis... good luck against Carolina today.

October 21, 2012  11:13 AM ET

I predict this story will rocket to the front pages and become bigger than the bounty scandal.

(I really don't, but I'm just trying to make the interns feel better about themselves.)

October 21, 2012  11:14 AM ET

The Steelers offense isn't the problem. It has never been their philosophy to outscore the opponent. They have an aging defense with key injuries on both sides of the ball. Could be a tough year for a proud franchise.

October 21, 2012  11:20 AM ET

Reoth joins the WTF crowd on Haleys offenive plays.

October 21, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The Steelers offense isn't the problem. It has never been their philosophy to outscore the opponent. They have an aging defense with key injuries on both sides of the ball. Could be a tough year for a proud franchise.

Yes it looks like Pittsburgh and Baltimore's defense have grown old together

October 21, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Morning Otis... good luck against Carolina today.

And to you tomorrow night...

Sorry, SD.

October 21, 2012  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Yes it looks like Pittsburgh and Baltimore's defense have grown old together

True... But the Bengals and Browns are still their division bunk mates.

So the Steelers and Ravens decide who drive this bus.

 
October 21, 2012  11:44 AM ET

RIP Count Dooku, it's been over a year since we lost you.

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