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    Ben looking for answers from Steelers-Rooney

    HONOLULU — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, miffed that Bruce Arians will not return as offensive coordinator, plans to meet with team president Art Rooney II about the matter after playing in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

    "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 Tribune-Review on Thursday following an AFC practice at Hickam Air Force Base. "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."

    Arians, 59, had served as offensive coordinator since 2007 before announcing his retirement last Friday. However, he said earlier this week that the Steelers would not renew his contract.

    Rooney told the Trib last week that he thought the offense needed to do a better job of scoring after finishing 21st in the NFL at 20.3 points per game this past season. The Steelers ranked 12th in total offense at 372.3 yards per game.

    Rooney sidestepped answering whether he ordered Arians gone.

    "The question of how we got here is not really relevant," Rooney told the team's website this week. "Bruce talked about retiring for a number of years now. We are looking to improve on offense and to have somebody in place for a number of years. We are looking forward to moving on."

    Roethlisberger has made no secret of his allegiance and close ties to Arians.

    He lobbied to keep Arians after the 2009 season, when the Steelers considered making a change at offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger had planned to make Arians one of his guests at the Pro Bowl, but Arians opted against it after the developments of the past week. Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, a candidate to replace Arians, has joined Roethlisberger in Hawaii.

    "We feel like we are really close to being an elite offense," Roethlisberger said. "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 said it will be an adjustment no matter who the Steelers hire as their next coordinator.

    "Change is always different," Roethlisberger said. "It doesn't mean it's good or it's bad. You just don't know yet. I think the (Steelers') mind was made up, and B.A. was kind of ready to move on as well."

    Said receiver Antonio Brown, who made the Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner, "I talked to (Roethlisberger) about it, but some things we can't change. All we can do is focus on what's upcoming, the new guy, ready for him to come in, learn his game plan and ride together so we can win football games."

    Roethlisberger threw for more than 4,000 yards for just the second time in his eight-year career. He eclipsed that mark despite missing a game because of a high left ankle sprain sustained in early December.

    Roethlisberger said he hasn't fully recovered from the injury that hampered him the rest of the season, including the playoff loss in Denver.

    Roethlisberger, who is slated to start for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, said he hasn't had to wear a brace this week because practices are so light.

    "They say it will be a couple of months until it's healed," he said, "but it's doing a lot better."

    Rooney said in a wide-ranging interview last week that the Steelers need to cut down on sacks. Rooney added that he would like to see Roethlisberger, who frequently holds onto the ball to extend plays, to "tweak" his game.

    "From what I understood from that was, just not get hit to so much," said Roethlisberger, who was sacked 40 times in 15 regular-season games in 2011. "I think some of that's on me; some of that's on linemen. It's on everybody, so I'll put it on me and try to make those adjustments."

    In addition to Roethlisberger and Brown, receiver Mike Wallace, outside linebacker James Harrison and free safety Ryan Clark will represent the Steelers in the Pro Bowl.

    Center Maurkice Pouncey and free safety Troy Polamalu were named Pro Bowl starters, but neither will play because of injuries.

    When asked about the changes coming on offense, Wallace said, "We're going to deal with it when we get back. Right now we're on this vacation, baby."

    By Scott Brown and Shawn McCullough, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Friday, January 27, 2012
    I'm pretty sure a meeting of the minds will happen once they hire a OC. Ben has matured over the years, I feel that he will handle this like a pro and drive on.

    Here's the audio of Ben's comments.
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    I totally agree....Im sure Ben is upset but this is not going to stop him from continuing to play like a champion....I trust in the Rooneys and I trust in Mike Tomlin, they will get the job done. We will be back in the playoffs this year and heading to the SB next year..

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    He'd like to tell Art II were he see's the offense going? How about you run the designed play and get rid of the ball and not take a sack when the team is in field goal range. I hope Art II puts him in his place and reminds him that he was close to being traded in the past. Tread lightly or it could be Ben to Indy for Andrew Luck or RG3

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    The problem is Ben has never like being coached or told what to do or how to do it.

    Move on Ben BA is gone, I can understand his concern but he and the offense sucked this past season, he should of seen this coming..

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    We all knew this coming, Ben was going to say something. We all figured it was going to go down pretty much like that too.

    I don't know about you but reading into that it sounds like AB is trying to convince Ben that it's going to be ok and that change is not always a bad thing.

    I was able to hear some of the audio that the Pittsburgh Trib had on the interview with Ben. It’s not that he had a cocky attitude about him when he made those comments, he was honest. Sure you’d rather just hear him not get quite so in depth about how great he though the offense was by tossing around stats like how he threw for 4,000 yds, how they had two 1,000 yd. receivers, and nearly a 1,000 yd back. While that’s all true I just think he could have handled it a bit differently.

    Initially when reports came out yesterday about the things that he was saying, people took it too far the other direction and started saying how Ben was this and that, he should shut up, deal with it etc. After reading more about it and hearing the audio, it wasn’t the greatest PR move that he could have made I’ll give you that but it wasn’t quite as bad as people think.
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    Bottom line is the Steelers had a good offense between the 20's and a poor offense in the red zone. They have to get better and that's on the new OC and Ben. Reading the article can make you think Ben has a chip on his shoulder and he demands answers, which IMO, would be out of line for him to do so. What does Rooney want from the offense? finish more drives and get more 7's. Again, IMO, any FG less than 28 yards, I consider an offensive failure.In this area, the Steelers need to get better.

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    Ben's remark that he "feels" they are "really close to having an elite offense," is very troubling, to say the least. I mean...Really? You just ranked 18th is scoring: a measly 20 ppg. and you suck in the Red Zone. Close to elite would be 25-26 ppg. minimum. Elite offenses are scoring 30-plus (see New Orleans, New England, Green Bay, etc.) This comment really makes me wonder if all Ben's concussions haven't altered his perception of reality.

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    Added this to Diesel's original post. The audio of Ben's comments.

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    Am I the only one who believes that Ben have no right whatsoever to demand any questions from Rooney. The man has payed him over 100 million, and he is his boss. Granted, I have not heard the audio, but from the transcript he should just stop it already. That path leads to nothing good.
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    My question is why does he need to talk to Mr. Rooney?

    He had an up front seat to see what we all saw. The offense stunk in the red zone and
    teams teed off on him because the running game has been an after thought in this offense. And he doesn't understand why Mr. Rooney did what he did and said what he said?? Really?

    A better balanced offense is better for the whole team all the way around. What is so hard to understand about that? Why does there need to be further discussion about that? Gzzzzzzzz

    Ben, go sit your *** down, your well paid so go and put the work in and win championships. How hard is that?? Stop being a crying bitch and get back to work.
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