All Ben Roethlisberger did this season was throw for a career high 4,328 yards, that included 26 touchdowns and a 100.5 quarterback rating. However, the two time Super Bowl winning quarterback has seen his reputation take a hit.
First it was a teammate questioning his toughness and courage and then Roethlisberger was brought into the Bruce Arians fallout by some of the media.
After a false report came out that Bruce Arians was going to be relieved of his duties, some of the media who are not fans of Arians or were looking to do some damage control, claimed that Ben Roethlisberger threw a “hail mary” and saved Bruce Arians job at the 11th hour.
Soon after we found out Mike Tomlin was never close to firing Bruce Arians and had all intentions of retaining Arians but that hasn’t stopped some of the criticism towards Roethlisberger regarding his close ties to Arians.
There is talk that Roethlisberger has too much authority in the organization. While it’s clear that the Steelers need to establish a running mentality in 2010, they didn’t give Ben Roethlisberger a $102 million dollar contract to play Trent Dilfer football.
Roethlisberger’s close ties to Arians have nothing to do with the Steelers being a passing team first. They would be regardless of who the offensive coordinator was.
Latest Coaching Buzz
Pittsburgh’s top choice to replace the departed Ken Anderson as their new QB coach is Carolina Panthers quarterback coach Rip Scherer.
Scherer worked as a scout for the Steelers in the 1970’s and has close ties to Pittsburgh.
Scherer is very interested in coming to Pittsburgh but has yet to move on the Steelers offer. Scherer this week turned down an offer to become Virginia’s offensive coordinator and he has been granted permission to speak to the Steelers.
Scherer has one year left on his deal with the Panthers.
The Steelers backup plan is to name wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner their new QB’s coach, if Scherer declines their offer.
Butler not the front runner in Miami
Linebackers coach Keith Butler has been granted permission to interview with the Miami Dolphins for their defensive coordinator position but Butler has yet to interview for the job.
The reason for that is the Dolphins are waiting for word from former New York Jets coach Al Groh who was offered the position.
Groh is expected to accept the position.
Pete Carroll wants Omar Khan
Pittsburgh Steelers salary cap expert Omar Khan has emerged as a front runner for the Seattle Seahawks GM position.
Kahn, 32, has played a role in the Steelers front office since he was 23 years old. However, he doesn’t have a strong background on personnel.
Khan is believed to be Pete Carroll’s top choice. Former Tennessee Titans GM Floyd Reese is believed to be the other finalist and it’s being speculated that Reese is the top choice of Seahawks ownership.
Special Teams coach Al Everest on the Steelers radar?
Special Teams coach Bobby April has landed with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers had an offer on the table to April but they weren’t considered the favorites.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have spoken to former San Francisco special teams coach Al Everest. No official interview has yet to be conducted.