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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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Comments

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Welcome to business Ben. People are fired whom you like, people are promoted who do not deserve it. Try working in the real world and get used to it pal...



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:05 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Pittsburgh had eight games in which they scored 20 or less points including four of the last six regular season games. The Steelers made the right move. Big Ben needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. Unless he has an ownership share or an office with "Coach" on the door, he has no say.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

orangeyouda1, your commets makes you an ass!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Rooney better not meet Roethlisberger in the stairwell.



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:51 pm
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Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Ben's not too bright. And we use to say Bradshaw was dumb ! Ben doesn't understand how the system works........the pecking order. He was never one of my favorites. And, I too, did not care for Arians.  I'm hoping for an OC that gets Ben to stop holding the ball so long ...... keep it moving.
 Some of these posts hit the nail on the head.  The Steelers STUCK by Ben during his off the field mess-ups.  Which surprised me.  Ben....keep your mouth shut, smile, play the game and collect a pay check  !!! 



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

we can agree tio disagree then, i would be embarrassed thus i dont sport my leaf logo!



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

So OK Big Bad Ben, if this is what you're going to do, then why not just wait to get home and do it instead of blasting it to the press first?  A starting fQB should be able to go to the Head Coach, the Owner, or any of the other coaches and ask questions, give his opinion, or talk candidly about where things are going.  But do it, after you get the answers, if you want you can then go to the press and say "Look what I did" and this is what I found out.  Grow up Ben, you've been in the League long enough to know how to do things right.



Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

King I must say it is better than no logo !



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

"Ben's jobs is certainly safer"??


Way to copy edit. 


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