The thing is, that article is not exactly honest because Rothman is not being honest. The MPAA has rated it R three times so far. It's being kept quiet because the studios understand how nasty things will get if word gets out cuts are being made. From what I can see with this article, they now understand that they will likely get an R no matter what they do and that means if no PG-13 can be had, Ridley Scott can release whatever cut he desires, as bloody as he desires, with no compromises.
If it released with an R and the film is good, and if it does well, then that is much needed ammo for adult filmmaking to continue.