We wrote an article about this very subject the day that the team officially announced that now former Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians was retiring. It all fits into place if you ask me, that the rumors of Steelers President Art Rooney II being the the deciding factor in the decision to go a different direction at Offensive Coordinator are true. The fact is everyone knows that Mike Tomlin wanted Arians to return; having said as much in his season ending press conference. However, it was time for a change not only at the coordinator position but obviously time for change in putting together an offensive line for the future. That’s a story for another time though. That’s not to say that Tomlin was completely happy with the gameplan each week, how could he have been? Sometimes it was good, many times it wasn’t so good. Players need to execute the gameplan of course so we can never fully blame Arians for the subpar offensive output however in the end comes down to coaching for better or worse. We may never know what really happened in the meetings with Mike Tomlin and the Steelers front office but fortunately Mr. Rooney made the right call, as it would seem, and took matters into his own hands. How it works out, we’ll have to wait and see.
The Steelers announced offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is retiring, but a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited sources that said his had was forced when was told his contract would not be renewed for 2012.
The decision is believed to have come from team president Art Rooney II, with coach Mike Tomlin telling Arians multiple times since the end of the season that he wanted him to return.
Arians, 59, spent the past five seasons with the Steelers and was working under a one-year contract.
“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,” Tomlin said in a statement Friday. “I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”
According to the Post-Gazette, running backs coach Kirby Wilson would have been a likely candidate to replace Arians, but he is recovering from burns over 45 percent of his body suffered in a fire at his home Jan. 6. Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is another potential in-house candidate. – Source