Roethlisberger Comments On Todd Haley Being Fired In Cleveland

'I was kind of surprised. I don’t think you typically do both a head coach and a coordinator'

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October 30, 2018 - 12:25 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Six times now the Cleveland Browns head coach has been fired after their second game with the Steelers and this time, along with Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley was also let go Monday.

On the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger show Tuesday Roethlisberger said he was surprised that Haley was fired along with Jackson.

“You know, it’s hard, I was kind of surprised. I don’t think you typically do both a head coach and a coordinator. You wouldn’t think that at least. I thought that maybe Todd would have got the job but obviously they felt like they wanted to go with the defensive coordinator instead, with Gregg [Williams].” ​

Haley was fired by the Steelers after last season and the perception is that he is difficult to work with. Roethlisberger who had his differences with Haley says that he was passionate and that isn’t a bad thing.

“He’s a very passionate coach. He wants to win; he wants to get the best out of his players. I think there’s nothing wrong with that. I think that’s what you need, you want to have passion from a player, you want to have passion from a coach. Whether it’s from a player or a coach, sometimes it can come across as…and we talk about it with AB sometimes or with other players…sometimes it can come across in a negative way. But, when you’re passionate about wanting to win, that’s not always a bad thing in a coach.”​

Roethlisberger was then asked the now obligatory “do you expect Le’Veon Bell” question.

Laughing, Ben said, “I have no idea.”

Asked if he wants Bell back on the team Roethlisberger said, “I’ll be honest, you know we get asked every week not just on this show but every week in the locker room and I think I said it after this last game. I don’t want to talk about it because he’s not here. When he gets here, we’ll talk about it. Until he’s here, I’d rather talk about James [Conner] and the guys that are here that are helping us win now.” ​

Another player that gets asked a lot about Bell is James Conner and Roethlisberger says he has handled everything like a professional.

“I think he’s kind of settling in like ‘okay I can handle my own up here I’m doing some good things’”, said Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger added that after he got home Sunday evening his son Benjamin wanted to play football in the living room and he was pretending he was Conner.

“I texted (Conner) and I told him, James, it must have been pretty cool to have (Heinz Field) chanting “Conner” but you want to know something that’s even cooler when I come home and play catch with my son and every time he catches it he’s you, I said thanks for being a good role model and please don’t ever stop understanding that everything you do you have a chance to be an amazing role model.”

 

 

 

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