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Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 12:28 pm
AriansBy Josh Katzowitz

We told you a couple days ago that although Steelers coach Mike Tomlin originally said he expected offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to return for the 2012 season, Arianw was thinking about retiring.

The decision has been made, and Arians has told Tomlin that he, in fact, will retire.

“Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching,” Tomlin said in a statement released by the team. “I appreciate his efforts over the past five years as the team’s offensive coordinator and for helping lead our offense to new heights during his time with the Steelers. I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”

Though he wasn't well-liked among part of the Steelers fan base -- truly, though, that's not unusual for any NFL offensive coordinator -- Arians had success in Pittsburgh, helping transform the run-heavy organization into more of a passing squad.

The unit has rarely been inside the top-10 in NFL offenses since Arian took over in 2007 (the Steelers continue to be an annual playoff team because their defense is always one of the best around), but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger trusted in Arians.

"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."

But Pittsburgh Post Gazette columnist Bob Smizik wrote last week that a change needed to be made. Somebody who was less buddy-buddy with Roethlisberger or more like somebody who could get the most out of him.

"They need a coach with a different mentality -- not necessarily in philosophy, but in style -- than Arians," Smizik wrote. "They need someone to come in, take over and show Roethlisberger there’s a different way, a better way to play quarterback."

So, what happens now? Obviously, there's a high-profile NFL offensive coordinator job open that will likely entice much interest around the league. While there was speculation that running backs Kirby Wilson -- who's still in critical condition after being badly burned in a house fire -- was the next in line to take over that job, Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder writes that the team most likely will look outside the organization for a replacement.

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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:23 am

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

Arians has done agreat job for Pittsburgh and I wish him well.

I read a few of the other posts in regard to this story and am flabbergasted how little faith Steelers fans have in their team.  They want to model New England, Green Bay, and San Francisco; basically all of the teams that are hot this season.

The Steelers are the most successful team in the Super Bowl era and the most successful team in the past 5 years in regard to Championships.  Why would anybody want to model themselves after the current "hot" teams instead of following a tried and true formula.

Do these clowns actually that post these statements know anything about or even watch the NFL?


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:01 am

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

Now hurry up and sign Tom Clements from Green Bay!!! He's a perfect fit at OC for us.


Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:58 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

I too am excited to see Arians go.  He contributed to Pittsburgh developing into a passing team but he has gone as far as he can go.  I always hated his play calling late in games, because he got just too conservative.  We need the New England, New Orleans, Green Bay type of offensive coordinator, one that does not tone down the attack late in the game from fear of making a mistake.     With that kind of "new" OC,  coupled with Dick on defense, the Steelers will surely be SuperBowl bound soon.

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:35 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

I am excited to have new blood.  I hope we go outside the organization for this hire.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:39 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

Good Riddance!  I'ver hated this guy for as long as I can remember.   I don't need to reiterate because most everyone has hit the points on why this guy sucked balls.  Thanks for disposing of yourself Arians. 

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:15 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

I thought he did ok.  This is the time of the salary cap so most Pitts money went to the defense.  Then Big Ben got a chunk then the WR are great so more to them.  That leave very little money for the OL.  Mendenhall got his also.  Mendenhall got real slow real fast so the run game with a slow RB and no OL hurt and made Pit one dimentional.  Not much Bruce could do about that.  Steelers need to start over while Ben has some years left.  Get rid of Defensive stars and save money for an OL.  Lose Troy, Kiessel, Foote, A. Smith (does he ever play?), and Hampton (he is too old and afraid), Ward also.... Keep Harrison, Timmons, Woodley, Clark, Taylor, Hood, Hayward, the rest can fight for starting postions if they are cheap.  Wish they would have traded up to get Pouncey last year.  Double Pouncey for 12 years would have been sweet, though we need O Tackles the most.   Need a quick small 3rd down RB also. Morris is too old and slow. or just a new 215 lb RB to replace Mendenhall.  They wont do this though because all the fan favorites.  That's what is killing the Steelers now and that's why multiple superbowls are so hard.  You win one or two and everyone wants paid, then they slow down.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:01 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

I'm glad that he's gone. I thought that his play calling given the O-line play way horrible. I thought that he should have implemented more quick routes, and screens. And not those WR's screens that teams starting jumping at the end of the year. I think Mendenhall could be just as effective as Rice, McCoy or Foster coming out of the backfield. I don't know if it was Ben or his play calling, but they never seem to get the seperation, and space that other teams get from their WR's. And it's not like there's not talent there. I know some of it Ben's fault for holding the ball for too long on some plays, but I want to see WR's running and getting open like in NO, GB, NE etc. Like I said, the talent is there. Antonio Brown is like that! I think he is the teams #1 receiver. Wallace needs to polish up on his route running. Everything can't be a go route. Sanders, Crotchery and Evans round out a nice receiving corp. They along with Ben should be way more effective offensively in my opinion. Hopefully they can find an OC that can help them reach their true potential.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:56 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

Sergio:  This is a huge loss for the Steelers and especially Ben. Bruce's OFF was what made Ben into a FFB stud.

Most Steelers fans could really give a crap about FFB.  Peyton's been great as a FFB QB... congrats. 

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:20 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

This is a huge loss for the Steelers and especially Ben.  Bruce's OFF was what made Ben into a FFB stud.  Pitt's OFF could return to the Cowher 'grind-it-out' days with him gone.  Actually, that could help Ben stay healthy longer into the season.  The way the Steeler DEF was 'Tebowed'...maybe LeBeau should follow Bruce out the door.  Maybe. 

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:17 pm

Steelers OC Bruce Arians retires

I'm torn... I didn't dislike Arians as much as most of my Steeler brethren, although I do admit his goal-line offense playcalling was just atrocious. The rest of it seemed as if it were tailored specifically to our strengths and weaknesses (good QB play, multiple threats at WR, terrible O-line, and average RB play at best). Obviously I am just another member of the 101st Chariborne, but I thought Arians set up a scheme which was about as good as we could hope for given the O-line. Fix the O-line and a lot of what Steeler Nation cries about will in turn fix itself.

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