I hope some of you recorded the game, because if you did you'll be able to see the game changing moment that took place last night in the 4th quarter.
Disgusted with the play calling and the play of his O-line, the camera caught Ben Roethlisberger in a defining moment having a side-line conversations with head coach Mike Tomlin. You can clearly see that Ben walked away energized from the brief meeting.
What happened next?
Ben grabbed his helmet and went out on the field with a new look and new energy to bring this thing home. Based on the post game interviews, is now out that a request from Roethlisberger directly to Tomlin to give him the permission to call his own plays and run the "no huddle" as he sees fit came and was approved by Tomlin. This is significant for a number of reasons.
1) As I said in my other thread, this move basically put Arians on ice with both Tomlin and Roethlisberger. This was their way of saying, "Thanks for playing Coordinator Bruce, but perhaps you're better served helping the equipment manager stir the Gatorade".
2) This puts the offensive adjustments more on Ben Roeth which 1) I think he will do a better job than Arians at and 2) this gives Ben the responsibility that he's wanted all along. It's Ben's job to know when and when not to go "no huddle"; having Arians determine this in his vanilla world on the sidelines is garbage.
Let's not sugar coat or glamourize this win folks. We still have big problems on the O-line and losing a few players yesterday didn't help matters.
This is Tomlin's biggest moment as the HC of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every Steelers fan on the planet is watching to see how he works through this mess and keeps the season in tact. As far as those calling for "heads" .... Save your breath. Tomlin isn't firing anyone in the middle of the season. But if he creates ways to circumvent idiots like Arians and starts listening to his players like he did yesterday, there's no question he gets a passing grade from me.