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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Roethlisberger took over the play calling

By Jamison Hensley

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put together his best drive in Todd Haley's offense at the end of the first half in Saturday night's 38-7 preseason win in Buffalo.

But it really wasn't Haley who was calling the shots on the 11-play, 98-yard drive.

"I just started calling my own plays," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We went no-huddle and up-tempo and we were throwing the ball."

The Steelers ought to think about giving more control of the offense to Roethlisberger outside of the last two minutes of the half. The Ravens are certainly allowing Joe Flacco to direct the offense more this season.

And the Steelers' starters weren't exactly lighting it up this preseason. Before that marathon drive, this is how the Steelers' first-team offense had fared in its 12 possessions this preseason: eight punts (including five three-and-outs), two touchdowns, one field goal and one interception.

On Friday night, Roethlisberger was 10 of 16 for 77 yards with Haley calling the plays (a quarterback rating of 74.2). When Roethlisberger decided to call the plays, which came two plays after the Steelers were flagged for 12 men in the huddle, he was 7 of 8 for 92 yards and one touchdown (a rating of 154.1).