Blog Entry

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: January 27, 2012 2:44 pm
Roethlisberger and Rooney are going to have a meeting, apparently. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians left the team under suspicious circumstances: first he was retiring, then he was fired, then he said he "wasn't offered a contract" ... it was all really weird and awkward. And it's not making Ben Roethlisberger happy.

And Roethlisberger, apparently, is going to march right up to Art Rooney II's office and ask him what's going on.

"When I get back, I'm going to go up to Mr. Rooney's office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from this offense, because I think that's a viable question for him," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday in Honolulu. "He's our owner and our boss, so I really would like to know kind of what he wants and where he sees our offense going because I'd like to tell him where I see us going."

Rooney previously cited the points scored by the Steelers in 2011 as an issue with Arians. And the owner has a fair point, as the Steelers only ranked as a top-10 unit once under Arians, which was during his first year in 2007 when they were ninth in the NFL in scoring.

However, Football Outsiders ranks the Steelers as a top-10 unit in DVOA every year of Arians tenure but one. And there's little question that under Arians, the Steelers moved from a traditional ground-and-pound stereotype that people attach to Pittsburgh to a full-on aerial assault.

"We feel like we are really close to being an elite offense," Roethlisberger told the Tribune-Review. "For your leader to be gone is kind of a shocker, but you've got to be ready for whatever the Rooneys and coach [Mike] Tomlin decide it our next step."

Roethlisberger has consistently defended Arians over the past, and the T-R notes that he was taking him to Hawaii as one of his guests for the Pro Bowl until things got murky with his contract situation.

Ben's job is certainly safer. But he's not exactly doing himself any favors with the way he's phrasing his "request" for a meeting with Rooney.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Right. Just because Bruce Arians is gone (maybe) the Pittsburgh Steelers WILL "WIN SUPERBOWL 47"!!!!!


Gotta love the self proclaimed "most knowledgeable football fanbase" around here....

Steelers got Tebowed...BAD!!!....and you dumb azzess still think the OFFENSE is the problem??????


Go Patriots

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Shut you piehole and collect your check. You and the offense sucked this year.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:58 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Big Ben does have the right to meet with the owner. He is the face of the franchise and he wants to know the direction the team is heading. To win in this league now you need to be able to throw the football. There is no more just ground and pound and little passing and just a game manager. Its throwing the ball down the field and making plays. Todays NFL is a passing league and if you expect to win a super bowl you must pass heavy but you still should have some running in there to mix it up!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:56 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Ben... the Steelers have stuck with you - this time you got to shut up. Arians is your friend, but he sucked and didn't get it done. He had no feel for the game, never fed the hot back or WR. He forgot to use the TE, relied on screen passes and forgot how fast Wallace is. He never let you throw in the middle and couldn't score in the red zone. Change is good and this will allow you to win Super Bowl 47 now that The Human Moron - Arians is out. Take it like a man, and get over it.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:54 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

ok steeler fan i think you may be taking this the wrong way.... rooney is unhappy with the point production, so he dumped arians a$$  as soon as Mike Martz became available! now just wait till he drafts an option QB so you can use the 2 QB system. all offense draft this year for the steel city!

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:46 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Agreed he has every right to ask and Ben while you are there can you ask Mr.Rooney why he paid you over 100 million dollars if he want's to go back to "Steeler Football" of running first and also why he hasn't fixed the O Line and you get your a** kicked every year behind such a porous line.If I invested 100 mil I would want to protect my investment.

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:44 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Nothing wrong with that.
No nothing wrong with that.

However, he didn't need to tell the media of his plans to meet with Rooney.
Just keep your mouth shut, and when you're back in Pitt...ask Mr. Roonney for a meeting.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:43 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

As long as he doesn't get you in a closet and pin you up against the wall!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:34 am

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Certainly a viable question, and as the face of the franchise, Big Ben has every right to ask. He never said he was going to "demand" anything, he just wants clarification of the future. Nothing wrong with that.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or