Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is more than displeased that Bruce Arians will not return as offensive coordinator, and plans to meet with team president Art Rooney II about the matter after playing in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, according to a story by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“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 confirmed that Roethlisberger didn’t take the news well. In fact, Roethlisberger publicly campaigned for Pittsburgh to retain Arians following the 2009 season when it looked like the coordinator’s job was on the line.
Arians, 59, has been the lone offensive coordinator in head coach Mike Tomlin’s five seasons with the Steelers. During his tenure, he turned Pittsburgh from a run-first team to a pass-heavy one to better suit Roethlisberger.
While Arians maintains he had considered retiring before, “when I wasn’t offered a contract, it was an easy decision for me,” Arians told the York Daily Record.
Rooney II wants to see the Steelers return to its blue-collar, ground-and-pound identity on offense, which could be the main reason why Arians was forced out of the Steel City.
Pittsburgh ranked in the top half of the NFL in total offense over the past three seasons but didn’t live up to expectations in 2011, finishing a disappointing 12th.
The former Steelers’ offensive coordinator didn’t have to wait too long to land on his feet, as he was named the Indianapolis Colts’ new offensive coordinator Satuday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.