When the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Todd Haley to be their offensive coordinator, many speculated about how Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger would handle working so closely with the notoriously abrasive former Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
According to Mike Bires, a sports columnist for the Beaver County Times, Haley's poor people skills may actually be a net positive for Pittsburgh:
Roethlisberger, the quarterback and face of the Steelers' franchise, likes it best when he's moving the offense via the pass. And when football season is over, he knows how to manuever around a golf course quite well. Often over the years, he'd tee it up with Arians. They've both been members at a private venue in western Pennsylvania as well as one in Georgia.
Roethlisberger was upset when Arians wasn't retained. And, based on his past, Haley, the former head coach of the Chiefs, probably won't care if he ever develops a friendship with Roethlisberger. Over the years, Haley has gained the reputation of a combustible, headstrong egomaniac who's not afraid to be confrontational with his players.
As Chiefs fans found out, one thing the Steelers won't have to worry about is Haley pulling his punches with any of his players, even his starting QB.