Big Ben unhappy with loss of Arians?

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking for answers following the departure of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking for answers following the departure of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Roethlisberger, who is in Honolulu preparing for this weekend's NFL Pro Bowl, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Thursday he plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II to discuss the future of the franchise.

"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 paper.

"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, who had been the Steelers' offensive coordinator since 2007 -- the same year head coach Mike Tomlin took over the team -- was all but fired last week after Rooney opted to allow the 59-year-old coach's contract to expire.

The decision, according to several reports, did not sit well with Roethlisberger who has spent the majority of his eight-year NFL career under Arians.

The two also won a Super Bowl together -- Roethlisberger's second -- in 2008-09.

"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 Tomlin decide is our next step."
 

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