Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and first year offensive coordinator Todd Haley must spend the week wedged together in an “our get along” T shirt, a punishment dictated by head coach Mike Tomlin in response to the duo’s season long feuds that helped derail Pittsburgh’s 2012 season.
“Coach Tomlin said we have to wear this shirt until the offseason on account of we couldn’t stop fighting,” a pouting Roethlisberger mumbled. “It’s not fair. I told Coach that (Haley) started it, and he said that he didn’t care who started it, and that it was ending now.”
“We wouldn’t have to wear this stupid thing if Farthead here could properly recognize and audible out of a DB blitz,” said Haley, as he jostled for position within the garment.
Haley, the former Kansas City Chiefs head coach, is notorious for his brusque and combative demeanor. He was brought to Pittsburgh by Tomlin during the offseason in the hopes that he presence could revitalize a stagnant Steeler ofense. Instead, his constant feuds with Roethlisberger served to further stall the team’s success, and contributed to the team’s elimination from the playoffs.
“You two little monsters are going to wear that shirt until you learn how to behave yourselves like civilized human beings,” a clearly exasperated Tomlin snapped. “Now get into that film room and don’t come out until you have a game plan that can score more than 13 points against Cleveland tomorrow.”