So it finally happened -- a confrontation between Steelers new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, well-known for his hot temper -- and a player.
A blowout with Big Ben? Sideline shouting with Emmanuel Sanders?
It happened during Sunday night's game. While Haley was coaching. Over Twitter. By a player that Haley has never coached. And Haley had nothing to do with it.
Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons had this to say about Haley:
Yahoo!'s Shutdown Corner blog posted a story about the tweet, and rightly questions why White found it necessary to say anything at all ...
Whether or not he has a point and Todd Haley really does think the show is about him, I don't know. I don't know how Roddy White would know, either. I'm sure he has friends around the league, and I'm sure everyone talks. Maybe it's just an observation White made from observing Haley from afar. Maybe their paths have crossed at some point.
In any case, it's so strange for White to interject himself here. He's not a Steeler. Haley isn't his coach. Whatever Todd Haley believes or doesn't believe about who's responsible for winning football games, I can't imagine why White would make it his concern.
If anything, one of the stories of this year's training camp has been that Haley hasn't been anything near the divisive figure he's been made out to be in the past. Receiver Antonio Brown gushed about Haley's personality and coaching style, discussing him at length a few weeks ago:"He's a great guy. Definitely not what people made him out to be." ...
"You can't go off of what you hear about a person until you really get to meet him, and, since I met this guy, he's been first class. ... [Haley] asks me what I'm seeing on the field and [makes suggestions] -- 'look at this route, you can do this better.' When you have men like that who are willing to ... be on the same page as players it makes it better for you, and you're more willing to want to play hard for them."