Ben Roethlisberger apologized to Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley for critical comments he made about play-calling after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27-24 overtime loss Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys.
“I actually came in [Monday] and apologized to Todd, apologized to Mike, apologized to [the owner] Mr. [Dan] Rooney just because I did let my frustrations jump out after a game,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday (via the Tribune-Review). “I don‘t usually do that, I usually keep it under control, [it was] just frustrations on myself. I‘ll be better at that.”
Roethlisberger‘s critical remarks drew attention because the Steelers are typically such a zippled-lips organization and because there had been curiosity about how Haley would fit in when he was hired to succeed Bruce Arians before the season. Arians took the same job with the Indianapolis Colts and has stepped up as interim head coach, with Chuck Pagano undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.
Just after the game ended, with Roethlisberger’s interception leading to the game-winning field goal, he made made it clear he was unhappy that the no-huddle offense wasn’t used more and that tight end Heath Miller wasn‘t targeted more often. He also ripped the initial play call before he hit Miller with a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
Haley isn’t available to comment until Thursday. Tomlin dismissed the criticism as heat-of-the-moment “non-issue.”
“I apologized for the storm it created,” Roethlisberger said, “and caused.”