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Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:32 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 9:38 pm
Bruce Arians might not return to Pittsburgh next season (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Bruce Arians has a healthy core of Steelers fans who want to see the Pittsburgh offensive coordinator leave their fair city behind. This bit of news, then, might take away part of the sting endured when the Broncos upset the Steelers in the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette writes that Arians might not return for the 2012 season. It’s unclear whether Arians would be forced out of his position since his contract is expiring or if he simply would voluntarily retire.

The latter might be more likely. Arians was thinking about retiring after last season, in part because of health issues. Coach Mike Tomlin said last week that Arians and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would return next season, so it doesn't sound like Tomlin was displeased with him.

Arians has been Tomlin’s offensive coordinator the past four seasons, and for the last three years, the team hasn’t ranked lower than the 14th-best offense in the league (including a No. 7 ranking in 2009). Under Arian’s leadership, the Steelers have transformed from a run-first squad into a team that tries to take advantage of Ben Roethlisberger’s abilities in the pass game.

"If he were, I don't want to say 'allowed,' but his preference would be to throw the ball more, use the weapons we have and throw it," Roethlisberger said last April. "Mine's the same way.

"But we both think the same in the no-huddle, that we call a lot more runs because we know that's what we're supposed to do. And I don't know if that's 'supposed to' from the fans, the media, the owner, who knows? But it's just a feeling that you have that we better run the ball some. So we do think alike in a lot of those ways."

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:48 pm

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

The thing is, with Arians, the Steelers have just a terrible red-zone offense, they can't score a TD to save their lives unless its a 50 yard bomb to a WR.  The second horrible thing is the short yardage offense, it is, well, offensive.  How many 3rd and 1s and 2nd and 1s, become 4th and 3?  I realize that Ben likes to pass, so does every QB, but it is not his team.  He is to be the leader of the offense on the field, but the OC is the offensive leader and Tomlin is the team leader.  

Find an OC that has a solid vertical passing game, and for goodnes sake, bring the quick slants to the Steelers offense.  They seem to be one of the few teams that have that and it would be gold for the speed of Wallace and Brown.  Also, we need to incorporate our TEs more, Miller and now Saunders are above average receivers and should see 8 or 10 targets a game.

We definitely need to change up how we use the mediocre OL.  They need to block different and the power run game needs to come back, not this finesse crap that leaves us with as many runs for no gain or loss as it does a positive gain.  I think the OL coach should be canned as well, they just can't run block, and that is on the OC Arians and the OL coach together.

Arians teams put up numbers, for sure, but when it comes to putting points on the board it is a different story, save for one game a season where they put up 4 or 5 TDs, the rest of the season is a struggle to get one offensive TD, even against the most atrocious opponents.  Truly sad and that is why most of us Steelers fans want Arians out.  Of course, hiring a worse OC is possible, but hopefully Colbert, Tomlin and the Rooney's will come together to hire the right person (no Martz, no Schottenheimer or some other horrible OC that lives on in name only).  I would prefer a college OC that has shown remarkable adaptability to what talent they have and what the defense is giving up.  I also want an OC that can coach a power run block scheme and not this passive wussy run block or delay scheme that gets stuffed for losses way too much.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:29 pm

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

That's like the pot calling the kettle black douchebag.  When was the last time your ridiculous city won anything?  We are the city of champions!!  Philthy is nasty!!Yell

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

Phily is a dump

Leon Chadwick
Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:17 pm
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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:04 pm

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12 make me giggle...    if I had a dime for the number of times us Steelers fans have cursed out Arians for a stupid play call or a bonehead game plan or being 'too creative' and go away from what is working...I would be able to buy the Steelers and fire him myself!  This is an offense league..and becoming more so.  Like it or not ..Steelers need to SCORE...and this O is not going to be able to get the job done in this new area.  I can argue...easily...that had the O scored a few more TDs rather than FGs this year we would not be sitting here..we would be 15-1 and in the AFC Champ game at home..even with all the injuries.  There are a LOT better OCs out there than Arians. 

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:40 pm

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

If the Steelers arent willing to pay him I willl. He's my favorite member of the steelers. I think they need him. Without him all the blame will fall to where it belongs. Ben Roethlieberger.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:26 am

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

This is the geatest news of the NFL season. He is worthless. Can't call plays. My 7 year old knows his plays. Steelers are back.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:44 am

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

Good move if it happens. The hole organization needs to be rebuilt.They're way to old, have a QB with a bum knee. The most overated player in the league is Troy boy has he lost a step.See them fizzell and spiral down in the division with the teams from Ohio getting better every year.Long frustrating decade ahead of them.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:47 am

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

That would be good news. We need more Redman/Dwyer power backs to control the clock and the ball.
I do like the increased 'press' coverage we used this year on opponents WRs, it's very effective when guys are in the right place.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:20 am

Report: Arians might not return to PIT in '12

Always have hated his play calling.  Remember his goal line offense is just about the worst in the league.  Don't forget about that ridiculous safety last year.  We don't need Emperor Noll's offense back, but a run first, keep your defense off the field mentality is just great football.  Yes we do have a great QB in Ben, but I could see Redman's bruising running style make us all fall in love with smash mouth football all over again.  Bye, bye Bruce!!  Yell

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