Ben Roethlisberger knows from experience how Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley operates.
During his Tuesday appearance on 93.7 The Fan, the Steelers quarterback suggested Haley doesn’t want coach Hue Jackson’s help calling plays.
“I can’t imagine coach Todd was too happy with that talk,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Jackson expressed his frustration with the offense following the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, adding that he wants to get more involved. Cleveland gained 305 total yards against Tampa Bay, more than 50 yards below its season average of 357.4 — which ranks 21st in the NFL.
But Roethlisberger defended Haley’s efforts during his tenure in Pittsburgh from 2012-17 while also acknowledging that Jackson does have the final say.
“I don’t know what he is going to say to coach Jackson and those players, but Todd obviously has a pretty good track record,” Roethlisberger said. “He went to the Super Bowl as (an offensive coordinator). He was part of this offense here that was very productive for the many years he was here. But coach Jackson is right, it’s his team, he has the right to do what he chooses and how he wants to call plays or who calls plays. It’s up to them to work that out.
“I’m sure those two have had at least a talk or two behind closes doors. If coach Todd or coach Jackson want to let everyone know what was said, I’m sure we’d love to hear it.”
Haley will return to Heinz Field when the Browns (2-4-1) visit the Steelers (3-2-1) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.