The Ben Roethlisberger-Todd Haley relationship in Pittsburgh has been tough to watch, as there does not appear to be one. The Steelers' long term quarterback and new offensive coordinator have not seen eye-to-eye from day one, which is understandable, given the quite natural resistance to looking Ben Roethlisberger in the face.
Still, there's a football team to run out there, so to have the champion of the offense and the designer of the schemes unable to get along has to be stressful, especially since Roethlisberger seems to have his own problems.
So, as Big Ben tries to adjust to a new offense and apparently hating his OC, there's also the issue of his current contract, which sits at about $7-8 million lower than the top QBs in the league. Also, is Roethlisberger not working very hard off the field? NFL Network suggests "yes."
Fortunately for the Steelers, I guess, Roethlisberger isn't going anywhere.
"I'd retire before I'd accept a trade," Roethlisberger said. "I mean, it would have to be something really, really unbelievable for me to even consider it. I have talked to my wife about that. I don't want to be anywhere else. This is where we want to be."
Roethlisberger feels as though the media is cooking this story up, trying to unravel the Steelers' clubhouse via unnamed sources.
So knock it off, media. And fix those Steelers.