Originally Posted by HometownGal
Most definitely, D. I also think that he has developed a great alliance with Arians and is permitted more input as to brainstorming and play-calling. I believe this is a major factor in seeing a different swagger to Ben thus far this season.
Right. It goes along with the idea that an animal in captivity will only grow as large as its habitat allows it to.
Ben couldn't grow into a true quarterback until he was unleashed, something Cowher wouldn't do. He's only going to get better now that he's in an offense that is going to allow him to manage the game, as well. I don't mean that as a "game manager" (because that has grown to be a term for quarterbacks who can't throw their team over their shoulder when they have to) but as someone who is going to be given an opportunity to have input toward how the offense is going to be run.
It builds confidence in Ben, builds confidence in the offense, and makes the coaching staff confident that everyone is going to be confidently confident.