Ben Roethlisberger apologized to head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley for a post-game outburst following the Steelers 27-24 overtime loss on Sunday.
The game ended shortly after Roethlisberger threw an interception during the overtime period but the Steelers quarterback didn’t take the blame for the loss. Instead, Roethlisberger blamed Todd Haley for calling the wrong plays.
After Sunday’s game, Roethlisberger said:
“This is the offense. This is what we’ve been doing all year and it’s time to take a hard look at it because it’s not working … I don’t understand the philosophy of a fumbling-based offense, I really don’t. Is it supposed to keep the defense on their toes? Are we supposed to fumble the ball forward? Or to a teammate who will be wide open to scoop it up and run for big yardage? These are things that were never worked out.”
Roethlisberger told the Trib Live that he was sorry for his outburst and that he was just venting his frustrations.
“I actually came in (Monday) and apologized to Todd, apologized to Mike, apologized to (owner) Mr. (Dan) Rooney, just because I did let my frustrations jump out after a game. I don‘t usually do that, I usually keep it under control, (it was) just frustrations on myself. I‘ll be better at that … I apologized for the storm it created and caused.”
Haley hasn’t commented on Roethlisberger’s apology but after Sunday’s game he said that he believe the Steelers quarterback was just blowing off steam.
The Steelers will have to pull it together if they want to make the playoffs. The Steelers will be in a must-win situation when they face the Bengals on Sunday.