But after Roethlisberger explained to the Pittsburgh media Wednesday that Ken Whisenhunt was probably right when "he held those reins real tight," Roethlisberger showed a bit of resistance to his current coach, Bruce Arians, in talking about the non use of the no-huddle offense this season.
Roethlisberger said he's in Arians's ear about it "all the time."
"I wanted to get into it last week," Roethlisberger said. "Yeah I love doing it. I think we've got so many weapons we need to utilize."
Arians has long objected to using the no-huddle offense on the road, particularly in dome stadiums. And on Sunday the Steelers will play in Arizona, their third dome stadium in four road games this season.
"I'd like to do it every game regardless of how we're doing," Roethlisberger said. "But traditionally we've gotten into it when we've struggled on offense, you know, whether it's a couple three-and-outs. I went to him this past game – I think at the eight-minute mark after we went three-and-out a couple times – to try and change up the tempo and pace. So that's usually when we go to it, when things aren't clicking on offense."
Roethlisberger said he likes the approach because he calls the plays and can see the defense and has a feel for "who's playing well, who's doing good things, looks on defensive fronts, the secondary. For me it's a rhythm thing as well."
And that when the play's called from the sideline, "it's off of tendencies, which when you have a good coordinator like we do they know tendencies pretty well."
This Sunday at Arizona, Roethlisberger and the Steelers will be up against a couple of people who know their tendencies better than most.
Whisenhunt, of course, went from Steelers offensive coordinator to Cardinals head coach in 2007. And this past offseason secondary coach Ray Horton became the Cardinals' defensive coordinator.
To gain insight into Horton, Roethlisberger sought out Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who told the quarterback his door would be open all week if he has any questions.
As for Whisenhunt, who coordinated the Roethlisberger offense to a Super Bowl win against Seattle, Roethlisberger said, "Whis was good. I think it took me a while to realize it because I was a young quarterback. He held those reins real tight, but he felt that was the way to approach a young quarterback, and there is no grudge on it. That's the way he wanted to do it."
"We had a long way to go from where he came from to being such a great player in the NFL," said Whisenhunt. "We learned a little bit from our time with Kordell [Stewart] about how we should prepare, and trying to do the things he was comfortable with and giving him those things. I think that was a little bit of our approach with Ben."