Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ben Will Evaluate Coach Haley and Go From There

By Artistry

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger today was nothing but magnanimous in announcing that, although he's heard plenty of bad things about the new Steelers offensive coordinator, he will not immediately fire Todd Haley.
"Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and [other players are] letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent," Roethlisberger said, apparently forgetting he was talking to the media about his boss. "I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion."
This is the way a General talks when some interloper tries to interfere with his mission. The worst thing you could ask a leader of men to do is leave a man behind on the field of battle. The second worst thing?  Asking him to finish a mission with a brand new offense.
"I hope we don't have to start over and if we do, you know what, here we go. Let's do it. We'll do it. We're not going to complain about it," continued Ben. "But I would hate to have to set certain guys back who are doing so well right now.  This is a f***ing terrible idea."*
The good old days, when Men were Men, and Leaders of Men led their Men
In all seriousness, the potential for a long, drawn out feud between Big Ben and his fiery new offensive coordinator has us salivating.  We'll be writing a new semi-regular feature called "Big Ben's Barracks" (think "Big Ben's Corner" but with more military references and alliteration) throughout the off-season.  This is as big as it gets.

*Almost all of these are things Ben Roethlisberger actually said.

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