It's been no secret that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was perturbed with the team parting with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Arians has said as much, indicating that he didn't understand why he was let go and that Big Ben was unhappy about the move. Roethlisberger is out in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl, and he spoke with a couple different media outlets on Thursday.
He made an appearance on NFL Network at practice, speaking with Marshall Faulk. And he did not look happy. He expressed regret about losing Arians, stressing the family atmosphere the Steelers try to promote and how difficult it is to disrupt that continuity. He professed his love for Arians, and reiterated that they have a great relationship and that the decision is something he "will have to live with."
Roethlisberger also gave a comment to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In that interview, he indicated that he plans to talk to Art Rooney II about the direction of the offense, and what the owner wants from him going forward.
"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. 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."
It's clear that he's bothered by the upheaval at the top of the offensive coaching staff. The Steelers have yet to name a replacement for Arians, but whoever it is will have some big shoes to fill in the eyes of the franchise's quarterback.
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