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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger blames playcalling after loss to Cowboys

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not a fan of offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playcalling in the second half of the team's 27-24 overtime loss to the Cowboys.

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pointed the finger at himself after Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but he was also noticeably unhappy with some of offensive coordinator Tood Haley's playcalling in the second half.

Roethlisberger never called out Haley by name, but it was easy to infer from the quarterback's comments that he was not happy with his offensive coordinator (via ProFootballTalk):

Asked why tight end Heath Miller didn't have a single pass thrown his way in the second half, Roethlisberger answered, "I just don't think we called the right plays to get him the ball."

Roethlisberger was also asked about straying away from the no-huddle offense in the second half. The quarterback did not have a good answer for it:

"That's tough for me to answer right now," he said. "The second half we didn't do much of it, and that's disappointing."

Roethlisberger and Haley have had a bit of a rocky relationship this season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers cannot afford a feud between the two, because they have to win their last two games in order to reach the playoffs. Pittsburgh faces a tough divisional battle against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. The Bengals are currently one game ahead of the Steelers with a record of 8-6.

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