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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 27, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:49 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

people do settle out of court even if there guilty,, ben is a great Qb , so he made a mistake ,who dosent ,and he is a leader so i think he has a right to know whats going on

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:41 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Firing Arians and upsetting Big Ben isnt exactly a very smart thing to do, Ben is one of the toughest guys on the field and the heart and soul of that team. The last thing you would want is to have a disgruntled QB, especially on a team like the Steelers where they are either on the verge of greatness or rebuilding with the age of half of their roster. Bens input and opinion should be respected, the last thing they want is Arians to end up in Washington or somewhere and to have Ben follow him...

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:29 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

I'm confused. Is Ben going to Rooney for a chat about the offense or to admit that he forced himself on multiple women? Huh. I'd for one like to know what gave this guy the right to act like he runs the offense. Last I heard, the man that writes the cheques has the choice to do whatever he pleases with HIS OWN TEAM! If Peyton Manning is expendable. If Brett Favre is tradeable. What does that make you the Mr.Womanizer? By the way, you don't settle out of court unless you are GUILTY! Say whatever you want about his football play. But if people keep their blinder's on to what these guys do in their spare time time is stupid. Yet female Steeler fans continue to chant for him. Why? Because he wins games. IDIOTS!!!

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:27 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

i dont see any problems with this, its a good thing for them to get on the same page, and Be nand Arians became too buddy buddy and i think created a monster with just wanting to force things that were not open, particularly in the red zone...i think a change is good, maybe a new OC can get into Bens head to check down more so he doesnt get sacked as much and sometimes on 1st and 2nd down 5-6 yards is a good thing, the best QB's in the NFL get a lot of yards on those passes especially Brady and interested to see how successful, and more importantly how efficient the Steelers offense can be with a new OC...i think Arians dida good job here, but at times he could have done even better and thats what i think the Rooneys feel now too

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:20 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Ben is a drama queen.  He should just play and keep his mouth shut.

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:12 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Note to Ben;  What Rooney wants is for you to shut your mouth and do your job.  When you buy a NFL team, then you can make whatever coaching moves that make your heart go pitter-patter.  The Ego of this guy is no surprise though.

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:03 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Who the hell does big Ben think he is? 
uhhh... the leader of the offense?  How the heck do ya think that's spoiled??  I can't stand Steelers or Big Ben, more 'cuz of the competition thing.  BUT, I respect the hell out of a QB that can stand up and say I'd like to better understand our path.  He said nothing disrepectful.

The world has enough freaking 'yes men'.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:01 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

I have to say that I'm concerned Art 2 pulled rank and got rid of one of Tomlin's assistants.  If Tomlin has confidence in Arians then Rooney should too.  Unless Art 2 no longer holds Tomlin in high regard...  Are we witnessing the fall of the Steelers into Cowboys, Redskins and Raiders territory?  What's next, Art 2 in the press box calling plays?

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:53 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Wow... atheletes can win here can they?  What the heck did he say that was so bad?  If it were my team I'd be damn happy I had a QB w/ the balls to openly talk about the future and be involved w/ ownership to create better understanding of path they are going to take (PHEW).

How can the nay-sayers here possibly have issue w/ this?  He ever summed it up saying it was a shocket, but you've got to be ready for what the boss says.

I call foul on all you ladies in here complaining.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:52 pm

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

If Ben roethlisberger wants to talk with Mr. Rooney, that's a conversation to keep in-house. You don't share any frustrations you have with a reporter.

Ben loved playing for Bruce Arians because Arians made him the complete focus of the offense and let him air it out. I don't have a problem with the Steelers using a strong passing game. They've got the deepest talent and speed at WR in the NFL right now. But Arians also was predictable in his play calling and failed to address problems with Red Zone scoring and short yardage situations. That kept the Steelers from putting 7s on the board instead of 3s. 

Arians should have been gone two years ago. Ben's loyalty probably saved him. Then they made an improbable Super Bowl run last season, which saved him for another year, even though offensive problems, especially turnovers on predictable play calls is what cost the Steelers a 7th Lombardi Trophy.


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