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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 12:36 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

I thought Bruce Arians left the team under suspicious circumstances.  Auspicious circumstances would indicate his leaving was a favorable arrangement for all parties involved.




Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:32 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:30 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

At least Ben is requesting his meeting with Rooney in his office and is not saying he is gonna drag him into a bathroom and have his way with him until he gets a yes!  What a POS crybaby!  Hey D-bag, you get paid to throw the ball, not make decisions.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

HE CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Ben wants answers, damnit!!



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

i think Ben may have a little media jealousy after all the run Peyton has been receiving in the last few days so he needed to get his mug in front of the camera. its ok \ben we havent forgot about you, in fact your story was just released a couple of weeks ago. After tht pay off dough, i would be marching into rooneys' office and telling him you will hand it off 40 times a game but you need a little extra scratch!



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Not the best approach, Ben. You are not the equal of the Rooneys in the hierachy of the organization, so you don't "go up to Mr. Rooney's office" unless you are invited or unless he's made it clear the he has an open door to you. The way you do this, snas an invitation, is ask the coach to arrange a meeting with you, the coach, and the owner. Tell the coach you'd like a strategic meeting with him and the owner so that you can be on the same page with them. If the answer is no, then the answer is no, and you shutup and get back to work.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:13 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Well this year has been somewhat of a disappointment (12-4 record..lol...man are we Steelers fans spoiled) but there were 3 shining bright spots:


1. The Ravens choking (again) in the playoffs.

2. Finally knocking Brady around and beating New England at Heinz.
 
3. Bruce Arians is finally gone...with all that talent we should have a Top 5 offense at least.


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