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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger admits frustration with offensive coordinator Haley

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger warms up before practice Saturday, July 27, 2013, at St. Vincent in Latrobe.

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By Alan Robinson
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger acknowledges there was “a lot of frustration” at times last season when offensive coordinator Todd Haley overhauled a system that had worked well for years under Bruce Arians and installed his own plays and confusing terminology.

Still, Roethlisberger told the Tribune-Review during a one-on-one interview Saturday that there is no rift with Haley, explaining the coordinator worked hard during the offseason to retool the offense and make it more player-friendly. Haley restored many of the play-call names that were discarded last season.

“People blew up the hatred thing or the butting heads. There was none of that,” Roethlisberger said. “It was like any coordinator, quarterback and head coach. There's always going to be issues.”

Roethlisberger, entering his 10th NFL season, appears to be embracing a system he described last season as “dink and dunk,” one that sometimes doesn't allow him to run the no-huddle look he prefers or throw many deep passes.

“I firmly believe this will work, especially now with the changes that we've made,” Roethlisberger said. “Do I think the dink-and-dunk offense is going to work? Yeah. Because dink-and-dunk was never meant to be a negative thing. We've got guys who are playmakers and can catch balls and make things happen.”

Recently returned from a promotional trip to London in which he could walk down busy streets and not be recognized, Roethlisberger said he is stronger than ever after embracing a new workout program that includes bicycle riding and kayaking.

He predicts the “best is yet to come” in a career that has seen him make three Super Bowl appearances because he is in “the prime” of his career.

At 31, how much longer does the two-time Super Bowl winner intend to play?

“Until the body can't do it, until the Lord says I can't or Mr. Rooney says I shouldn't,” Roethlisberger said.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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