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Questions persist about whether Ben Roethlisberger is making too many decisions in Steelers' offense

An inside report from CBS’s Jason La Canfora suggests some around the league wonder whether Haley has now given too much responsibility to Ben Roethlisberger in the floundering Steelers' offense.

Gregory Shamus

My, how the tides have turned.

Not even two years after rumors flew over whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were ready to step into the Octagon to settle their differences, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora spoke on 93.7 The Fan Thursday, citing sources who wonder openly whether Roethlisberger now has too much control over the offense and whether Haley has deferred too much to his quarterback.

"It's funny. Everybody used to be all over them because they're not buddy-buddy enough," La Canfora said on The Fan Morning Show. "The year that Ben got hurt a few years ago, before he got hurt, he was on pace to have his best season by far, and they looked like they were going to turn into an incredibly prolific offense, and that's when he and Haley were at odds.

"Now that they've become much closer, and there's a whole lot of trust there, some people around the league are like, ‘Is there too much trust? Is Todd deferring too much to Ben?' And too many decisions are being made at the huddle or right at the line of scrimmage, and that has something to do with the lack of offense. I think those are valid questions to ask. But again, if it comes down to Ben or Todd Haley, who's getting the massive extension and whose job is on the line?"

Based on review of the team's most recent game, the general sentiment seems understandable. Based on my video breakdown earlier this week, Roethlisberger appeared to switch out of a play at the line of scrimmage, something Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner both immediately recognized. Their foresight after Roethlisberger appeared to audible to something else proved correct, and they contributed to stuff the play for minimal gain.

Perhaps the better way to phrase this question isn't regarding who has the most control, but rather, whether Haley and Ben are both on the same page as to their personnel decisions, and when to switch to a different play, and perhaps more importantly, when to kill the called play.

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