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Roethlisberger picked up Haley’s offense immediately


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is off to the best start of his career as he is ranked in the top five in a number of different passing categories.

Wait … how is that possible with a new offense — a “Rosetta Stone” — offense being shoved down his throat in a short period of time?

The fact is, Roethlisberger grasped Todd Haley’s offense almost immediately — just ask quarterback coach Randy Fichtner.

“Whatever bumps you go through with the terminology, it is still football,” Fichtner said. “It is still techniques and fundamentals. And most of all, you can’t hide accuracy.”

Roethlisberger is a career 63 percent completion percentage passer but is completing 68.3 percent of his passes through three games. He completed 70.7 percent of his passes during preseason games.

But he’s been accurate from the time he stepped onto the field at St. Vincent College in late July.

“He was throwing 75, 76 percent completions in training camp,” Fichtner said. “You can’t hide accuracy. The thing is, what we remembered about him from the last couple weeks was an immobile, injured Ben. Now, he is doing what he is expecting himself to do.”


Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


  1. Bill says:

    I, for one love the Haley’s offense. It’s ball control, with big score capabilities, and utilizing the passing game as well. Once the running game gets going, the defense may never see the field again, which considering the way they’ve played in the second halves of games this season, might not be the worst thing to happen. ;)

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