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Terrible Towel Tales: Pat McAfee and Aaron Rodgers say Big Ben for Steelers OC

Steelers news and commentary for Friday, October 6

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

WATCH: Does Steelers owner Art Rooney II deserve blame for mediocrity under Mike Tomlin, Matt Canada? | Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Post-Gazette sports columnist Paul Zeise joins host Adam Bittner in his weekly YouTube appearance to discuss Steelers owner Art Rooney II’s role in the team’s recent mediocrity. How much blame does he deserve for keeping coaches — including Mike Tomlin and Matt Canada — in place? Is he too invested in continuity because it’s previously worked for his family? And has he allowed personnel decisions to become too parochial by bringing in too many coaches and players with Pittsburgh ties?

Our duo tackles those and a few other Steelers topics and ponders Frank Cignetti Jr.’s future as Pitt offensive coordinator, Pitt’s future if Pat Narduzzi moves on to Michigan State or another coaching job and moves the Pirates should make this offseason to compete for playoff bids in 2024.

Pat McAfee Has Great Idea for Steelers | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

McAfee brought up the question on the Pat McAfee Show of whether or not the Steelers should look at another option to be their play-caller moving forward.

That option is former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“It’s very evident to me that he is paying attention. He’s dialed into the offense. He is still paying attention to what other teams are doing. Why not Ben Roethlisberger calling plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers?” McAfee asked.

Aaron Rodgers supports Ben Roethlisberger as new Steelers OC | Allison Koehler, Steelers Wire

“I think Ben could do it because he understands the game and he could call it in his sleep at the line of scrimmage,” Rodgers said on the October 3 Pat McAfee Show. “But it’s very rare that you see great players who come back and are able to be great coaches. I don’t know if it’s the time commitment or dealing with people that don’t see the game the same way.