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Offensive coordinator Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau discuss the Steelers vs. the Ravens, what Byron Leftwich brings to the table and how Lawrence Timmons sometimes replaces Troy Polamalu.

Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley

How much do things change with Byron Leftwich starting as opposed to Ben Roethlisberger?

I think in the big picture they don’t change much at all. With that being said, Byron is not Ben, and I think it’s very important that we and he understand that. He can’t go out there and try to be Ben. He needs to go out there and be Byron and we need to, just like I say every week and this is why I make the point every time you all say “Haley offense,” it’s not my offense. We’re going to do things that cater to the strengths of our players and obviously that will be critical when you talk about the quarterback position. We’re going to do our best to cater to Byron’s strengths, as opposed to trying to force square pegs in round holes, so to speak.

What do you like about Leftwich and what does he give you guys?

I think there’s a lot to like about him. First of all, he’s a backup here but he’s obviously shown that he can start in this league and be productive. But first and foremost, when you’re around Byron for a very short time, you understand that he’s just got that “It” factor.

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written by AZburgher, November 18, 2012 - 03:20 pm
Watching this Dallas vs Cleveland game and I have to ask...
How do you play DB in this league?
Sorry to go off topic but I just saw a Browns DB separate the ball on an awesomely timed hit.
His reward...15 yard penalty.
No helmet to helmet whatsoever.
The Shield has "jumped the shark."
written by icechips, November 18, 2012 - 03:23 pm
Off topic but i think Fehr should tell Betteman we'll see ya in July. Maybe you'll be more serious about getting things settled if another season is going to go down the tubes.
written by Steeellva, November 18, 2012 - 05:12 pm
The forgot to ask LeBeau: "Coach, this year, if Flacco has to drive 92 yards for the winning score in your stadium, do you think yunz can at least force a 3rd down at some point in the drive, just to, ya know, make Flacco perspire just a lil' bit?"
written by Max, November 18, 2012 - 05:43 pm

Steelva -

Are you referring to that Flacco drive in 2 minutes, where he didn't even need a timeout?

(Sometimes I get that confused with the record setting 11 second loss 80 yard play in the Denver Debacle.)

written by Steeellva, November 18, 2012 - 05:49 pm
Max, yes, that's the game. Week 9 of last season. You're right....Flacco needed no time outs. He did need 2 3rd downs; my mistake.

Flacco actually tossed the winning TD with 25 secs left, but his WR simply dropped the TD pass.
written by head22, November 18, 2012 - 08:31 pm
3rd and 1 and they throw it. Pick up 6 on first down and come back with that stupid WR screen. Haley sucks!
written by Retire#21, November 18, 2012 - 09:05 pm
Steelers made all of the mistakes in the first half, save for one Ravens holding penalty. Hard to believe they are the home team here. Refs blew a push in the back call right at the point of the catch on that punt return.

Defense is playing great. Offense is non existant since the opening drive. Play calling is head scratchingly odd. Good to see Colon getting his holding calls in early.
written by luv da show!, November 18, 2012 - 09:29 pm

........this game is a great cure for insomnia so far......
written by head22, November 18, 2012 - 10:18 pm
As poor an offensive game plan ever. Haley totally blew this by not running the ball. To expect Leftwich to win this game is foolhardy.
written by Florida Steeler, November 18, 2012 - 10:37 pm
Leftwich is useless. Why the hell isn't Batch playing??
written by Jackagain, November 18, 2012 - 10:38 pm
Leftwich is a selfish jerk for not taking himself out of the game for Batch....he couldn't make the throws anymore.

Oh he's 0-7 in his last 7 games.
written by Jackagain, November 18, 2012 - 10:38 pm
Leftwich is a selfish jerk for not taking himself out of the game for Batch....he couldn't make the throws anymore.

Oh he's 0-7 in his last 7 games.
written by nocatch21, November 18, 2012 - 10:44 pm
Yes, Leftwich should have come out. So obvious that he couldn't make the throws downfield - although Wallace could have helped him out on the one play.

Was Mendenhall aware there weren't any timeouts left? How useless was he tonight?

Defense kept them in the game. Keenan Lewis started slow but finished strong.

Oh well. Move on to Cleveland and get that win although that won't be an easy one either, especially the way the offense was tonight.

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