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Ben Roethlisberger apologizes for criticizing Steelers coaches

December 20, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, left, and quarterback Benn Roethlisberger at practice Wednesday. Roethlisberger blamed his blunt comments after Sunday's loss to Dallas on frustration.
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, left, and quarterback… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is very, very sorry.

Roethlisberger apologized to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Coach Mike Tomlin and owner Art Rooney II for criticizing the direction of the offense after Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

''I let my frustrations jump out after a game, I don't usually do that,'' Roethlisberger said. ''Usually, I keep it under control. I was just frustrated with myself and I'll be better at that.''

Roethlisberger completed 24 of 40 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns against Dallas but was frustrated by Haley's decision to stay away from the no-huddle offense. And he wondered why Haley didn't feature tight end Heath Miller in the offense more.

Of course, the apology comes with a caveat: ''There are going to be times when you just don't see eye-to-eye,'' Roethlisberger said. ''There are times when I don't see eye-to-eye with Coach Tomlin. But that doesn't mean anything, I don't think.''

The Steelers (7-7) have lost four of their last five games and need to win their final two to reach the playoffs.

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