When Bruce Arians was forced out as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, he said the decision was made by Steelers President Art Rooney II, and that Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t happy about it. Now Roethlisberger wants answers from Rooney.
Speaking to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review from the Pro Bowl, Roethlisberger said he wants the owner to explain to him where the Steelers’ offense is headed.
“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 said. “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.”
Roethlisberger said he thinks Arians was building one of the NFL’s best offenses, and he’s surprised that Arians won’t get to continue doing that.
“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.”
Whatever that next step is, it’s going to be a change of pace for Roethlisberger, who would have preferred to keep the offense the Steelers already had in place.