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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.

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Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:28 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

you are an idiot. Plain and simple

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:25 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

You guys are beautiful. Your field general feels something is amiss and you tell him to shut up. Well maybe he will be saying screw you and look to take his services somewhere else. And then all you yahoos to show bravado will say good ridance, as if you think QB's of his ability grow on trees. They canned the offensive soordinator. Maybe that is good or maybe not. Who calls the actual plays? The OC or the HC? How come there is no power back on the team? Maybe there is too much running the ball on third and short, particularly in the redzone. Because of the defense ability, too much taking the sure three. The West-Coast takes a possession receiver, and perhaps Mr. Ward is no longer viable.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:19 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

He just wants to thank him for keeping him around and promise him he won't wreck his motorcycle or rape anyone this summer.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:09 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Steeler fan here, love all that Ben has done on the field but SHUT UP and know your place...

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:04 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

I think getting rid of Arians was a great idea. We need a west coast style OC. With all of our good wideouts we have to establish our speed. There are few teams that can keep up with Wallace and Brown. But if we dont fix that OL we are in for a rough season. I know Ben dosent like change but i think this is by far the best move for this high powered offense.

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:00 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Which of the QB's you listed has won as many Super Bowls as Ben? I didn't think so. By the way, maybe you should try that shut up and play line on Ray Lewis an Ray Rice. At least Ben has results to point to.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:44 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

How can Ben not know what it is that Rooney wants?  It's simple.  He wants Big Ben the Big Re-tard to stop raping people and paying them off to avoid jail time.  

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:44 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Two big problems with the Steelers offense under Arians leadership:

- The very low percentage of making first downs in 3rd and short situations.  More times than not they had no gain or lost yards.  That is unacceptable from a "professional" NFL coordinated offense.

- The low percentage (in respect to the league average) of scoring TDs in the redzone.  When the field got cramped and those bombs to Wallace and Brown weren't available, the Steelers stunk.  Short yardage running plays a part, as does terrible play calling.  Also WR screens with WRs that don't make defenders miss (just because they're fast doesn't mean they have agility and Wallace doesn't remind me of Jerry Rice in that department).

Yes, the yardage was nice, but all the yardage in the world means nothing if you can't manage to score more than 10 or 13 points most weeks.  The defense needs some help from Ben and the offense, besides them completing a few bombs, and then losing 7 yards in 3 plays in the red zone.

Ben is mad because Arians allowed him to freelance and not reprimand him for it.  Ben knows a new OC might be more demanding of quick reads and passes, as well as developing a run game that me and my grandma couldn't shut down with ease.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:31 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

What is the point of Ben having to meet with Rooney? Rooney has made it pretty clear that Arians services are no
longer wanted. And judging by he way the offense stalled so much in the red zone, Arians should have been canned
a long time ago.

Ben acts like he's running something around Pittsburgh. He needs to shut his mouth and know his role. Period.

Steelers fans have been screaming about the ineptness of Arains EVEN in the super bowl years. We won inspite
of Arians playcalling abilities.

Rooney has mandated that the Steelers get back to running the ball, playing good defense and getting the
lines in order. Add all these things up and that will make us effective in the red zone.

Ben, don't you have a court case you need to attend to or something? Just shut up, follow orders and everything
will be okay.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:20 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Good post. The Steelers don't put up with whiney players. Ben needs to shut up and play and realize that this is a business and the Rooneys have been good at this for a long time.  I know he has loyalty to Arians and he was a friend or whatever, but you have to move on.  Their offense had problems this year against good defenses.

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