"I enjoy working with him. I think we have a good relationship now. You see it on the field and you will continue to see that when we get out there because my play will be better and the play-calling will really be better."
- Ben Roethlisberger on offensive coordinator Todd Haley
The soap opera relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley has finally reached firm ground, or so the quarterback told 93.7 The Fan on Monday. Roethlisberger admitted to an "obvious growing period" but said the two have since worked to "develop a relationship."
The pair's relationship was strained from the moment Haley arrived from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. The rift emerged as early as Week 3 of the 2012 season, when Roethlisberger refused to use new hand signals during a game. Last December, Roethlisberger publicly criticized Haley's play-calling after a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Despite the rift, Roethlisberger threw for the second-highest yardage and touchdown totals of his career in 2013.
"Three months is the absolutely minimum, and it's a very optimistic assessment."
- Mike Florio on Mike Pouncey's recovery time
Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey will miss at least three months after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum in his hip on Monday. According to the sources of Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, that's an optimistic evaluation.
Florio reports that Pouncey suffered a "significant tear" during Dolphins OTAs.
A three-month recovery period would mean Pouncey will miss all of training camp and the first month of the season.
"I absolutely believe that this will be integrated into the broadcasts on all levels of football over the next years."
- Inventor JR Liverman on his helmet-cam technology being used in the NFL
An awesome new camera angle that shows a player's perspective of the action could be coming to the NFL. JR Liverman, the creator of a helmet-cam technology system, expressed confidence that networks have interest in adding his product to their NFL broadcasts in the near future, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Named SchuttVision, the system places a camera between the facemask screws at the bridge of the helmet, just above the player's eye level. The Arena Football League began using it in-game this past season and the Steelers have been using it during practices for training purposes.
Here's a glance at what it looks like:
"He's explosive, he's got legitimate speed and he runs, I think, pretty strong for his size. You put all of that together and it ends up being a good returner."
- Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn on Odell Beckham Jr.
We know that first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. will play a big role as a receiver with the New York Giants in 2014, but he may also see time as a return man. Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said the team is working him out as both a kick and punt returner, according to Pro Football Talk.
General manager Jerry Reese made it clear that the Giants considered Beckham a special teams threat when they selected him 12th overall in the draft.
"He's a dynamic receiver, dynamic punt returner and a dynamic kickoff returner," Reese said after the draft in May.