Pees: Steelers still a challenge without Roethlisberger
The Steelers won’t just pretend Ben Roethlisberger is still their quarterback on Sunday night against the Ravens. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley plans to adjust the offense to accommodate Byron Leftwich.
"Byron is not Ben, and I think it's very important that we and he understand that," Haley said, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He can't go out there trying to be Ben; he needs to go out there and be Byron.
"This is why I make the point every time you [media] all say 'Haley's offense.' It's not my offense. We're going to do things to cater to the strength of our players. Obviously, that will be critical when you talk about the quarterback position. We're going to cater to Byron's strengths, as opposed to trying to force square pegs into round holes, so to speak."
Leftwich has a strong arm but little mobility — as opposed to Roethlisberger’s knack for extending plays by moving around and outside the pocket — but Haley expressed confidence in the backup-turned-starter.
"I think there is a lot to like about him. ... First and foremost, when you're around Byron for a very short time, you understand that he's just got that it factor. … When things occurred in the game last week [after Roethlisberger got hurt], there was a great look in his eye. There was never a moment that you really didn't believe and think he was a cool customer. He's been there and done it and he's just got that moxie that good quarterbacks seem to have."