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Roethlisberger should have chosen his words wisely

The Pittsburgh Steelers put on a solid front in their introduction of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Thursday.

Mike Tomlin introduced Haley and made it a point to say that he was the one doing the interviews to find a replacement for Bruce Arians. Tomlin was trying to show he still was the one in charge, although if you read some accounts, it makes it look like he's going along for the ride.

Tomlin said the right things and hit on the right topics.

Haley, too, said all the right things. He made it a point to say he'll do anything to win, run or pass.

So far, so good, in smoothing the transition.

Then the media found Ben Roethlisberger.

You can tell he's still miffed at losing Arians.

It's understandable, but he shouldn't go public about it.

"I've gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him," Roethlisberger told the Post-Gazette. "Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they're letting me know what their interaction with him was -- good, bad and indifferent. I've heard a lot of things and I'm looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion."

Roethlisberger tried. But he still needs work.

He didn't need to point out the "bad" parts twice.

And Roethlisberger went on, calling the wide receivers" the most-talented room in this whole building." He added, "no disrespect to anyone else."

I'm sure the defense wasn't happy to see that.

Yes, Roethlisberger was being honest. Thursday wasn't the day for that.

It was a day to bite your tongue and be a team player. I didn't see that from him.


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