Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
It’s not a secret that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a big Bruce Arians fan.
Roethlisberger believes in Arians so much that he is speaking out on behalf of his friend and former offensive coordinator about a handful of vacant head coaching jobs around in the league, including the Chicago Bears.
Chicago Tribune writer Brad Biggs caught up with Roethlisberger on Tuesday and the Steelers quarterback gushed about his former boss.
“I think he is a players-coach,” Roethlisberger told Biggs. “When I say that, I don’t mean he’s favored the players. I say that because he is fair and players respect him. You’re not going to always get your way as a player, and you shouldn’t. You respect his decision and his calls and the things he does. He would be a fit for a head coaching job perfectly.”
Arians is expected to interview with the Bears, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles beginning later this week. Arians filled in for Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia, for the majority of the season.
Roethlisberger said that Arians has been successful during his career because players respect him.
“When he was with Pittsburgh, he got along with the defensive guys just as well as the offensive guys because he competed with them in 7 on-7 and other drills and everyone respects him because he’s been around for a long time, he knows what he is talking about and so you’ve got to understand that is what you are going to get from him,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger also added: “He knows when to push you. People always thought that it was this great relationship that was hunky dory. But we got into our disagreements, our arguments. I think that is healthy. All good relationships should have that and he knows how to motivate each player. He’s not just a yeller. He’s not just a screamer. He knows how to get in your face, he knows how to not get in your face and talk to you. So, I think he’s the kind of guy you respect and want to play for.”