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QBs coach Mike Sullivan on Ben Roethlisberger: 'He has had an open mind and just wants to win'


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Ben Roethlisberger is entering his 18th season as the Steelers' signal-caller and this year he'll have a new offensive coordinator in Matt Canada and quarterbacks coach in Mike Sullivan. It's Canada's second year in the NFL and his first year being an offensive coordinator after being promoted from the Steelers' quarterbacks coach position. Sullivan has 16 years of NFL experience and he once coached another future Hall of Famer in Eli Manning when he was with the Giants.


"Ben has been phenomenal in terms of receptiveness, as far as having an open mind and being committed to having one goal and one goal only, and that is to win a world championship," Sullivan said via Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "I spent some time getting to know him one on one, getting to know him, him know me. Share our backgrounds, our beliefs. In terms of things we are doing in the meeting room, on the field, he is putting in the time. If that is going to help us be more effective offensively, help the run game, help the play action passes, ultimately that is going to help us win and that is what he wants, what we all want.


Sullivan says that Roethlisberger has been really accepting of new ideas and coaching points during the process.


"The thing that makes this so gratifying is he has a willingness to work and he wants to do whatever it takes to win, so he is open minded," Sullivan said of Roethlisberger. "Things that he needs from a fundamental standpoint or drill standpoint are going to be different from other guys. I have to make sure we work on specifics to help him be his best. I would do him and the organization a disservice if I don't provide him that information. He has had an open mind and just wants to win."