A statistical analysis of Ben Roethlisberger's production under Todd Haley

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Todd Haley has been the most scrutinized coach since coming to the Steelers in 2012, but the stats don't agree.

Follow the Pittsburgh Steelers on any type of social media and you will see numerous accounts of fans declaring that Todd Haley needs to go. Blaming the offensive coordinator for anything and everything that might go wrong offensively. The most common comment is that Ben Roethlisberger is being ruined and mis-used in Haley's system. Taking a look at Roethlisberger's statistics, the opposite is true.

When Todd Haley came to Pittsburgh in 2012 he brought a quick hitting offense meant to keep Roethlisberger healthy and possessing the ball. Until Roethlisberger was injured against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Steelers were a time consuming offense that was leading the league in 3rd down conversions.

Hate Haley if you want, but don't say that Roethlisberger and the passing game isn't sustaining itself in this system. In 2012, Roethlisberger completed 63.3 percent of his passes; which is his career average for completion percentage. He threw for 3,265 yards and missed three games due to injury. On top of the yardage came 26 touchdowns to only eight interceptions. Again, all while missing three games. Not a bad season when you look at the numbers,

2013 wasn't as bad as people think either. Roethlisberger completed 64.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 4,261 yards, which was the second highest total for Roethlisberger's career. Roethlisberger threw 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in a rare 16 game season for the Steelers' franchise quarterback.

Haley's system isn't the "chuck it deep" system of Bruce Arians, but that doesn't mean that Roethlisberger is floundering within the system. This system relies on strong offensive line play, which hasn't been the Steelers' forte the past two years, and players that make plays after the catch. The 2014 season will rely on that offensive line and players like Antonio Brown and Lance Moore to do what they do best in getting quality yards after the catch.

Whether you like it or not, Haley's system isn't going anywhere. Just realize that the Ben Roethlisberger isn't being ruined by this system.

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