At the very least, it's odd that the franchise quarterback and the team's new playcaller haven't exchanged pleasantries or a text (here's a suggestion: "We shud plan 2 meet. BB"). It's been over a week since Haley was hired. How Roethlisberger and Haley work together will be among the biggest storylines for the Steelers this season. So, this is a peculiar start.
Roethlisberger and Haley don't have to like each other for the Steelers' offense to click. But they do have to learn how to communicate with each other, which might be an issue considering the personalities involved.
Haley is an in-your-face type of a coach who is known for yelling at players on the sidelines. “We’re not into sensitivity,” Haley said at his introductory news conference.
In his radio interview, Roethlisberger made it clear that he doesn't think coaches should yell at quarterbacks.
"The quarterback position is not one where you want to do a lot of screaming to, because he's kind of your leader and the guy that has to be clear-minded," Roethlisberger said. "So, I've been yelled at. It's not fun to be yelled at. I don't think anyone likes it."
Roethlisberger added, "But you get as much if not more out of me if you just talk to me, whether I screw up or do good. Just talk to me so we can work through my reasoning instead of getting yelled at."
Roethlisberger's message to Haley: Don't raise your voice at a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. But, knowing Haley's track record, it's going to happen at some point, right?
Roethlisberger did address Haley's vocal coaching style. "If he's as good of a coach as we've all heard, then I think he'll learn how to coach each guy individually and get the best out of each guy," he said.
In the end, this will work out because Roethlisberger and Haley both are experienced professionals. Will Roethlisberger be as close with Haley as he was with Bruce Arians? No. But Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense will put up better numbers because Haley is the better coordinator.
The first step is sitting down and talking.