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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: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

RedWings...  nice reply.  Never would I be confused as being on Bens side...  What I'm saying is the reaction to this is bloated beyond reproach.  Let's not drift off into rape-land, idiot-ville, or stupid-town... 

It's a multi-million dollar business that one of your most valuable employees (leaders) said he wants to meet w/ the CEO to gain a clear understanding.  That's what I see here... his comments were capped by him underlining how he respects the order and will do what he's told.

I look for that when hiring for my place of employement.  I don't want someone that's just going to go w/ the grain because I said so... Just because I'm in a position of ownership does not make 'un-accountable' to people around me. 

I think the man said what needed to be said, and he did it w/ a level of respect.  Now if he could just get the rest of his sierra together.

Cool



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Is it just me thats wondering what the heck he is doing going to the owner and making this public. Shouldn't he talk to his head coach ?



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

so he made a mistake ,who dosent



HAHAH!  "So he raped multiple women, who doesn't?"



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

I hope Ben understands that the Rooney's are doing this to protect him and lengthen his career.  This wide open 3 and 4 receiver sets in that division will get a QB killed.  The problem hasn't been the offensive line for the past few seasons, their injury problems have been more due to this offense than just bad luck.  Maybe we can get back to true Steeler football now.



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:29 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

so he made a mistake ,who dosent ,
Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Eil Manning, Matt Schaub, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo. Is that enough examples or do you need more.
Well ravenmaniac. did Flacco ever disprove those rumors about the underage teenagers ? I am the last person to defend Ben as an example of a great human being, but until you can prove what happened in his private life, it might be best to look at my words above to see how rumors get started and reputations destroyed.  




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

Big Ben should just rape Rooney.  Maybe he'll get his way then.



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

people do settle out of court even if there guilty,,
No idea what is being said here...if he's guilty then he should pay......so his new wife doesn't hear the details and leave his sorry ass.

ben is a great Qb ,
but a pathetic human being.

so he made a mistake ,who dosent ,
Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Eil Manning, Matt Schaub, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo. Is that enough examples or do you need more. 

and he is a leader so i think he has a right to know whats going on
He's a player, a piece of property. He needs to shut up and play. 





Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

The pass first thing didn't work. The results are obvious. Rooney is right, and there is nothing Ben can do but stomp his feet and throw a tantrum. This is a child like tantrum and does not speak well for the players and team. What happened to his having matured? The Steeler and Ben are at their best handing the ball off for 3 and a half quarters and then passing when the opposing team is trying to hold a slim lead.

To the ST. Louis guy, it doesn't take guts to talk tough, taking action that needs taken is the gut move. A man doesn't need to voice his intentions for action because it all too often ends up as all talk and no action. My money says Ben looks just as foolish here as Tomlin did in declaring they will unleash hell with their pass first offense. Neither instances of bold talk could end well. You have to be able to back it up with action, and Ben isn't in position to strong arm a Rooney. Are you familiar with the Steeler's past in regard to disgruntled players?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release

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

If Ben wasn't an idiot and he was a true professional he would have spoken with Rooney without saying a thing to anybody else.  Only a complete loser that's full of himself would speak with the media about this.  There was absolutely no benefit to Ben doing this publicly, and if you're on his side for doing it this way then you are exactly what you make fun of, a "yes man" because anything Big Ben says you're ok with.

Remember something here, Rooney doesn't owe Ben anything, if anything it's the other way around.  Rooney could have cut Ben when he was accused not once but twice of raping woman, but he stuck with him.  It would have cost Ben big money because a lot of his guaranteed money was paid for.  Ben should respect the Rooney's enough to keep things like this private, but he's a disrespectful clown so he doesn't care about anybody or anything but himself.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Ben wants meeting with Rooney over Arians release


Ben you stupid sh!t - go talk to your head coach if you have a problem you want to discuss.  You don't put the OWNER on the spot via the media.


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