After being fired on December 12, 2011 after leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 5-8 record, head coach Todd Haley would later be signed as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator earlier this month. However there have been reports that superstar Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t like the addition.
Though that wasn’t the problem as two weeks after being hired as the offensive coordinator, Todd Haley former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs has yet to call or respond to Roethlisberger’s comments with a phone call.
“He still hasn’t called yet,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Monday. According to the Tribune-Review, Roethlisberger had a “discouraged” tone to his voice.
Roethlisberger acknowledged last week that he wanted to talk with Haley saying, “I’ve heard a lot of things and I’m looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion.”
So is it a bad thing that Haley and Roethlisberger haven’t spoke with each other yet? No, it’s not, however it is bad in the fact that Roethlisberger has wanted to speak with him.
Now if Roethlisberger didn’t address that he wanted to speak with Haley then things would’ve been fine as it’s on February and the season doesn’t start until September. However, that’s not how things went as Roethlisberger made it clear that he wished to speak with Haley.
Though we can’t put all the blame on Haley as it’s a two way street as if Roethlisberger really wanted to speak to Haley as bad as he’s making it seem to the media, then I’m sure he easily could. And if there was a problem such as Roethlisberger not having his phone number or something along those lines, then it could easily be fixed with a simple phone call to management or someone along those lines.
So in a world that we live in where everyone loves to point the finger at the person that at the time seems the “most wrong” is in fact wrong for doing so as like there is in everything, there are two sides to each story.
“Transition is always a little — I wouldn’t even say difficult — but there’s an uncomfortable aspect to newness,” Haley said at his press conference earlier this month. “But that’s not always a bad thing. I think it’ll be a great thing in this case, and he’s going to figure out that we’re just trying to make him as good as he can possibly can be.”
“Not many players that I’ve known have ever had an issue with that.”
So no worries Steelers’ fans, there’s no problems here as of now all it really is just a situation like a kid [Ben Roethlisberger] who had to experience that his parents were getting a divorce and that his dad [Bruce Arians] was moving out and now a couple months later his mother [The Steelers Organization] is getting a new boyfriend/step dad [Todd Haley].
Over the past couple years the Oakland Raiders have been just terrible or as NBA analyst Charles Barkley would say “turrible.” However this 2011-12 NFL season, the Raiders looked like they had a chance to be good. Starting the season off with a 23-20 win over the Denever Broncos the Raiders at 1-0 looked like maybe 2011 was their year.
However after losing quarterback Jason Campbell for the remainder of the season due to a broken collarbone the Raiders would go out and acquire Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for two draft picks (A first round pick and a possible first round pick if the Raiders make it to the AFC Title game in 2011-12 or 2012-13).
Of course before the Palmer acquisition the Raiders would suffer a huge loss as owner Al Davis would die at 82 years old on October 8th, 2011. However after the loss of Davis the Raiders would respond winning their next two games improving to 4-2.
Though despite such a great start, the Raiders would have a great downfall as after their week 8 bye week they would lose five out of their last nine games. And if they were to win just one of them, then they would’ve made the playoffs which would’ve changed a lot of things, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers loss and the Denver Broncos win.
Say the Raiders won just one more game during that last stretch, then we wouldn’t have saw the Broncos defeat the Steelers, we wouldn’t have saw that overtime 80 yard touchdown from Tim Tebow to beat the Steelers 29-23. Which might have meant that not as many people would’ve went to church that following day and which would’ve meant that Tebow wouldn’t have had the tweets per second record of 9,420 tweets.
As a result to that, if the Raiders won just one game during that stretch maybe the Steelers would still be in the playoffs as who knows if the Raiders would’ve won that game? However who cares about all the ifs ands or buts as what happened, happened and as a result to an 8-8 season head coach Hue Jackson was fired.
On Reggie McKenzie’s first day as Raiders general manager, he decided to fire Hue Jackson and make a fresh start. “There comes a time when change is necessary,” McKenzie said Tuesday. “For the Raiders the time is now. The Raiders organization, with respect and deference for all its tradition and history, is about to embark on a new era.”
A new era, that may had never started if the Raiders won just one more game, an era that may had come at a different time or an era that may had been written a different way such as a surprising Super Bowl win from the Oakland Raiders in this 2011-12 NFL season if they just got that one more win.