- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ever since the Steelers hired Todd Haley, everyone wondered when the new offensive coordinator would have his first big blowup with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
It may happen sooner rather than later because Roethlisberger and Haley weren't on the same page Sunday in Oakland. They apparently weren't on the same playbook.
After throwing for 384 yards and four touchdowns, Roethlisberger acknowledged to reporters that he pulled out old plays when they used the no-huddle in the second half, presumably the ones from old friend Bruce Arians' playbook.
"There were plays out there that I called that weren’t in our playbook,” Roethlisberger said. “I know it sounds crazy; things we’ve had from years' past that guys were on the same page with and it worked.”
Asked why he decided to go to the old playbook, Roethlisberger said, "Because they were going to be open, and they worked every time I did, so that was good."
It's hard to argue with Roethlisberger's results. The Steelers rank sixth in the NFL in passing. They top the league on third-down conversions. Roethlisberger is second only to Matt Ryan with a 109.2 quarterback rating.
Still, I would like to hear from Haley about how he really feels about Roethlisberger's playbook freelancing. It's one thing if Roethlisberger decides to use some old plays. It's another matter that Roethlisberger chose to promote the fact that he didn't use plays from Haley's offense.
5hEric D. Williams