Steelers deny request from QB Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger isn’t young. He’s not exactly ancient, either. However, the veteran gunslinger has taken a beating unlike most other players at his position during his tenure in the National Football League. It is why his latest request being denied by the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn’t come as a shocker.
Apparently, Ben Roethlisberger went to the offensive coordinator to ask about doing more QB-sneaks. It makes sense, as big bad Ben is big and bad and Ben. At the same time, he likely needs to get lubricated with WD-40 before he takes the field. So, in turn, the Steelers politely denied his request.
The offensive coordinator in question is Todd Haley, who heard his request by way of the media’s arm and responded:
“Those are kind of general staff decisions,” Haley said according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune. “Some staffs choose not to let people earhole their quarterback in the side of the head. Other staffs take that risk at times. There is risk-reward with everything you do.”
Man, Haley kind of took some shots at coaches who allow their QBs to go on sneaks. For what it is worth, Tom Brady, arguably the greatest player of his position in the sport’s history, sneaks with the football all the time. He might be the best ever at it, even though he as the athleticism of a four-year-old.
Anyway, if push came to shove, the Steelers were on the one-yard line with a few seconds to go, I would image Haley would at least consider letting Ben Roethlisberger to try to truck his way to the endzone.