Whether you agreed with him or not, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com made waves over the weekend with a series of tweets regarding Ben Roethlisberger and the notion of him being traded at some point by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While many within the organization and Roethlsieberger were quick to and vehemently denied these reports, nobody came out publicly and attempted to discredit the following tweet from Rapoport:
More on #Steelers: I’m told to expect wholesale offensive changes. Coach with the best chance of surviving is TE coach James Daniels
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2013
Now I understand that particular tweet might not garner as much interest as the ones which declared that Roethlisberger might be on the trading block. Yet I’m wondering where the outcry is from Pittsburgh’s front office regarding the aforementioned tweet. Making large amounts of changes is not something which the Pittsburgh Steelers have been known to do throughout their history, and “wholesale change” is something which doesn’t seem believable.
With that in mind, how or why their brass and public relations people did not try to discredit that tweet from Rapoport as much as the Roethlisberger-related ones makes little sense to me. On one hand, maybe they felt no need to address that particular subject at the moment. Yet one has to consider exactly why they did not even reference what Rapoport reported regarding the future of the offensive coaching staff is puzzling to say the least.
As it stands, I am more intrigued to see who stays and who goes at the end of the season when it comes to the coaching staff as opposed to the players. Roethlisberger’s large cap-hit will likely make him immovable unless a hefty offer comes Pittsburgh’s way, but I would not be surprised in the least if some of Pittsburgh’s coaches are axed due to the stagnant nature of the offense over the last few seasons.
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