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Roethlisberger explains initial concern over changing the offense

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not thrilled with the notion of changing offensive coordinators during the offseason, and plenty figured it was because of the relationship he developed with Bruce Arians.

It turns out that was only part of the reason for Roethlisberger’s trepidation.

Roethlisberger said today during the Steelers second day of mandatory minicamp on the South Side that the biggest issue he had with bringing in a new offensive coordinator and a new offensive scheme after eight years in the league was that it would force him to start the learning process over at the most inopportune time – heading into the prime of his career.

“That was it early on,” Roethlisberger said. “I felt like I was really starting … I was hopefully going to be coming into the prime of my career and starting all over with an offense.”

Historically, quarterbacks who make the jump from great to elite status do it during their early 30s. Roethlisberger turned 30 in March, and already owns most of the Steelers’ passing records while winning a pair of Super Bowls and playing in a third.

Roethlisberger is one of 10 quarterbacks who have won multiple Super Bowls. Jim Plunkett is the only non-active quarterback on that list not in the Hall of Fame (Eli Manning and Tom Brady).

Roethlisberger said that bringing in Todd Haley and a new offense just forces him to work harder.

“You know what, it kind of put a little extra on me and the rest of the guys to learn the offense and learn something new,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger has six-straight 3,000-yard passing seasons and a career passer rating of 92.1. He has a 90-37 career record including 10-4 in the postseason.

• Mark Kaboly
• Published: June 13, 2:53 p.m.
• @MarkKaboly_Trib

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Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

 
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