PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers begin their OTA’s or organized team activities Tuesday at their South Side headquarters.
Monday, many members of the team and coaching staff were at South Pointe golf club for the annual Cancer Caring Golf Tournament hosted by Hines Ward, Max Starks and Merrill Hoge.
Golf was on the agenda, but football on their minds as the OTAs will get the offense together for the first time with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
“People blew it way out of proportion,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “It’s something new, we’re getting to know each other … There’s no trouble between us at all.”
“Some games it might be 60-40 pass; some games it might be 70-30 run,” WR Emmanuel Sanders said of the new offense. “It all depends on the defense that we’re playing that week which is smart.”
Hines Ward has been a part of several great offenses which have been run by a variety of coordinators. He won’t be part of this one, but he knows change is inevitable.
“I’ve had maybe four, five different coordinators and so, it’s a part of the business,” he said. “Players, coaches, they come and go and you have to adjust accordingly and I’m confident that the players will learn the playbook – especially when they start getting to OTAs and training camp and be ready to go before the season starts.”
Roethlisberger says it’s a matter of getting used to something new.
“When you get a comfort level of like eight years of the same thing and then you change it, it’s just something different, so I’m not saying I don’t like the playbook or anything like that,” he said. “Some of the stuff is really – some of the concepts are awesome, it’s just getting an understanding of something new.”