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Big Ben is confused about the "changes" to the Steeler offense.
After their loss to the Broncos in the playoffs, ESPN's Chris Mortenson reported the Steelers would not retain offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians, against the wishes of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger expressed his concern at the Pro Bowl:
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.
We feel like we are really close to being an elite offense. For your leader to be gone is kind of a shocker.
The Steelers later hired former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley to replace Arians. After meeting with Haley, Roethlisberger was still confused:
I get a little confused at times because I know so much has been made about us quote-unquote throwing the ball too much, or we’re going back to Steeler football and running the ball more. But in these meetings I’ve had with coach Haley he’s all about the no-huddle, and using our wide receiver weapons, and throwing the ball, and stuff like that, so I’m still confused. I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet.
Now, no one is saying Roethlisberger wants out of Pittsburgh, but it's not a good sign that the on-field leader of your offense is not on the same page as the staff and ownership when it comes to how the offense should be run.
If they do run a similar, up-tempo, pass-friendly offense, Roethlisberger will continue to wonder why Arians was let go. If this confusion doesn't get ironed out in training camp and preseason, it could spell trouble down the road.