Originally Posted by jiminpa
You say more than you know. He has been in the league for 8 years, and has been allowed to stagnate and then digress for 6 of them. His first 2 years in the NFL resisted being pushed to develop, as if somehow just being Ben Roethlisberger entitled him to league leading stats and points on the scoreboard.
While I can't prove it, it seems quite likely to me that Ben had too much influence in letting the HC candidate who took the Arizona Cardinals, (yes I know it was just once, but look at the organization), to the Superbowl go to Arizona, specifically because he expected some development from the diva.
Let's say that you're right (and you may very well be).
It STILL falls on the Rooney's shoulders to understand that they accepted Ben with all of his flaws and if he's a diva who doesn't want to listen or learn then it was THEIR job to identify those traits just as they identified his ability to throw a football.
When they took Ben, they took the whole package and whatever he has or hasn't been allowed to do is THEIR responsibility.