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07:58 AM ET 12.19 | Fear not, Steelers fans. Coach Mike Tomlin dismissed Ben Roethlisberger's post-game comments about Todd Haley's play-calling and game plan as frustration, but said he met with the Steelers quarterback anyway to make sure "he's on board with what it is we're doing." ... A lot of attention has been heaped on Roethlisberger's comment that Haley's original play-call on the touchdown pass to Heath Miller at the end of the first half was "not a good call" because of the type of defense the Cowboys showed when Roethlisberger went to the line of scrimmage. But having a play-call not fit a certain defensive look happens all the time, Tomlin said. Quarterbacks routinely change a play when that happens by calling an audible at the line of scrimmage.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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December 19, 2012  08:02 AM ET

Ol' Ben's just a cry baby.....the play calling dosn't cause interceptions Ben.

December 19, 2012  08:10 AM ET

If you watched the interview that this came from you know how much the media blew the story up

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December 19, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you watched the interview that this came from you know how much the media blew the story up

It never fails, does it?

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December 19, 2012  08:25 AM ET
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It never fails, does it?

Neither does ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

December 19, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Tomlin needs to light a fire under all their ****, and give the receivers some stickum

December 19, 2012  09:17 AM ET

He is probably more upset with the OL line coach.

December 19, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Tomlin needs to light a fire under all their ****, and give the receivers some stickum

Plus paste together a DB that can cover and TACKLE!!!

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December 19, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Ben, I love ya man. Love that you have been a winner in Pittsburgh. But, every now and then, this selfish head rears itself and makes it hard to love ya even more. It's the coach's fault? Come on man!! AUDIBLE. Simple. You made the throw. Not Haley.

Ironically, Haley's system has worked just fine. It was designed to keep Ben upright and healthy, short intermediate routes that allow Ben to get rid of the ball and avoid carrying linemen like Santa's toy sack in the pocket.

If Ben has a problem with Haley's call... start showing up 7 days a week, learn the playbook like a savant, study game tapes like an obsessed maniac - then you can be like Peyton and run the O from the field. Otherwise - quiet the f!@@ up.

December 19, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Todd Haley didn't throw that interception in Overtime!!!!

December 19, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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Todd Haley never played football he golfed. How in the hell can a guy who golfs call plays in the NFL? Go figure that out. It's like a guy being named a Judge without any legal background. Stupid.

Some of the best coaches were not good players. Perhaps since most of us have never played at the pro level, our opinions should'nt matter.

December 19, 2012  11:41 AM ET

I watched that game. I blamed the pick on Ben being rusty cause he hadn't played in a while

December 19, 2012  11:44 AM ET
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Some of the best coaches were not good players. Perhaps since most of us have never played at the pro level, our opinions should'nt matter.

That's true in every sport. But I don't like Haleys act.

December 19, 2012  12:15 PM ET

Here's an idea: Teams can pay the fans to cheer for them.

After all, "it's all about business." Right?

December 19, 2012  12:27 PM ET

No matter what anyone says publicly, I bet Ben & Haley don't get along, & I wouldn't be surprised to see Haley gone after the season.

December 19, 2012  01:04 PM ET
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If you watched the interview that this came from you know how much the media blew the story up

What?...... that never happens.
LOL

 
December 19, 2012  01:06 PM ET
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No matter what anyone says publicly, I bet Ben & Haley don't get along, & I wouldn't be surprised to see Haley gone after the season.

Quite likely it will flow that way.

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