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coldrolled
01-31-2011, 12:41 PM
York native Arians has the right touch with Steelers' offense

Offensive coordinator has guided Roethlisberger and helped the unit overcome several injuries.

By FRANK BODANI
Daily Record/Sunday News

Updated: 01/30/2011 06:30:13 PM EST

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, a William Penn graduate, answers questions during a news conference. (Associated Press)

York, PA - The Super Bowl coach from York with the bushy beard and the Southern drawl is laid-back, down-home, country-cool, so to speak.

Bruce Arians is a lifetime NFL assistant now, in charge of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense. No doubt, part of his success is related to how he always appears in control, always calm, always able to joke with his players while getting the most out of them.

And then something goes wrong in practice ...

The friendly fire is unleashed.

"He'll get angry at the drop of a hat, if things aren't executed properly," said Steelers trainer John Norwig, a South Western High graduate.

He shows that how?

"Vocally," Norwig said with a laugh.

"He's a very

York's Bruce Arians has spent the past few years tutoring star Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the field and becoming good friends off it. (Associated Press)caring guy, but he is quick-tempered. He's got a short fuse," Norwig said. "It's usually when a wide receiver doesn't run the appropriate route and Ben (Roethlisberger) doesn't have anyone to throw to."
And so Arians, who attended York Catholic and graduated from William Penn, appears to walk the line quite well between motivator, task-master and back-patter as his Steelers prepare to meet the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in their third Super Bowl in six years.

He's the guy in charge of the big-game quarterback.

The one who keeps losing star receivers and keeps simply replacing them with startling success.

He's this guy ...

He owns a home in Georgia, pretty close to one that Roethlisberger owns. The quarterback and the coach play golf two or three times a week in the offseason.

He's the one Roethlisberger has looked to for guidance over the past few troubled years. He calls Arians a "father figure."

Arians laughs.

"I'd rather be the cool uncle he likes to drink with."

He's this guy ...

The former receivers' coach knew, months ago, that rookie pass-catchers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown would be needed, sooner than later.

"I rode 'em really hard. I was unmerciful," Arians told SI.com's Peter King. "But Ben saw it early, saw how good they could be. I said to Ben, 'You hug 'em, I'll cuss 'em,' and it's worked out."

Sanders has produced 18 first downs with his 28 receptions and all Brown did was make the clinching catches in both playoff victories.

An added layer to all of this is how Arians leads the offense for the team with arguably the most demonstrative fan following in the nation. Which means he's the scapegoat for most everything that goes wrong, especially since he loves to throw the ball, sometimes at all costs, for a franchise seemingly built on running it and stopping the run.

Of course, many fail to consider the obstacles he's conquered this season.

He's used a head-shaking four quarterbacks with Roethlisberger missing the first part of the season for league disciplinary action. And the Steelers still came within a minute of winning all four.

Arians has played musical chairs with his offensive line, using seven different tackles because of injuries. Only two linemen have played the same position all season.

It got so bad that the Steelers were down to their last active lineman in their playoff victory over the Ravens.

And when they beat them the month before?

"Aw, shoot. That was the game that basically won the season for us," Arians said. "We didn't have any tight ends left. We were down on the goal line and we didn't have a goal-line offense. We're drawing plays in the dirt."

And so he simply laughs off the Internet sites calling for his head and the radio talk show rants against him and even the angry fans who scream everything imaginable about him at games.

"It's never going to change," he said without a bit of contempt. "Just part of the territory."

He's also this guy ...

He was the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs when Christian Okoye led the league in rushing.

He was the quarterbacks coach who tutored a young Peyton Manning, the one who has molded Roethlisberger.

Others see it. Longtime NFL coach Joe Pendry helped hire Arians in Kansas City more than 20 years ago.

"I'm surprised he's not a head coach in the league, to be honest with you," Pendry said.

"He goes through tough times and adversity and overcomes it ... Never panics. The way he utilizes personnel, right there with the Pittsburgh Steelers (last week). You lose your All-Pro center early in that game? They overcame that. They did that all year."

Of course, no one is more important to Pittsburgh than Roethlisberger right now, and no one is closer to Arians.

"We talk about a lot of things and he hangs out with my kids, and they've become pretty good friends," Arians said. "We do spend so much time together.

"He's worked his tail off. He's on a mission."

It goes both ways.

"He knows how to handle players and what buttons to push to get those guys to perform at their highest levels," Norwig said.

It's not until football finally ends for the year that Arians is able to escape and recharge at that home by the lake in Georgia.

That's when the golf clubs reappear, round after round alongside his good friend.

More laid-back than short-fused.

A side those angry fans never see.

A coach and a quarterback bonding, building a relationship that matters quite a bit when the football starts all over again.

Super Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers

6:30 p.m. Feb. 6


BRUCE ARIANS

Age: 58

High school: attended York Catholic, graduated from William Penn

College: Virginia Tech (played quarterback)

Coaching:

1975-77 Virginia Tech (graduate assistant)

1978-80 Mississippi State (running backs & receivers)

1981-82 Alabama (running backs)

1983-88 Temple (head coach)

1989-92 Kansas City Chiefs (running backs)

1993-95 Mississippi State (offensive coordinator)

1996 New Orleans Saints (tight ends)

1997 Alabama (offensive coordinator)

1998-2000 Indianapolis Colts (quarterbacks)

2001-03 Cleveland Browns (offensive coordinator)

2004-06 Pittsburgh Steelers (receivers)

2007-present Pittsburgh Steelers (offensive coordinator)

LarryNJ
01-31-2011, 12:57 PM
Wow, I never realized he was from PA with the accent he has. And I never realized he was such a great coach. You learn something new everyday here on SA! :lol:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-31-2011, 01:16 PM
Oddly enough, this is the first the local media has spotlighted Arians in quite awhile. He spends a lot of time here in York visiting his family.

coldrolled
01-31-2011, 01:45 PM
"I'm surprised he's not a head coach in the league, to be honest with you," Pendry said.

Come on Cinci..... Marvin needs to go... IMO

BlitzburghRockCity
01-31-2011, 02:01 PM
As much as hate on Arians, if they Steelers win another Super Bowl next Sunday there's no way they are getting rid of him in the offseason. All the head coaching vacancies are filled except for the Titans, maybe they'd want Arians :lol:

lloydfan4life
01-31-2011, 02:10 PM
As much as hate on Arians, if they Steelers win another Super Bowl next Sunday there's no way they are getting rid of him in the offseason. All the head coaching vacancies are filled except for the Titans, maybe they'd want Arians :lol:

:thinking: maybe we need to lay a trap for him the next time he visits York. :dunno:

Rampage
01-31-2011, 02:16 PM
As much as hate on Arians, if they Steelers win another Super Bowl next Sunday there's no way they are getting rid of him in the offseason. All the head coaching vacancies are filled except for the Titans, maybe they'd want Arians :lol:

Honestly, as much as I bitch and moan about Arians, he has got to be doing something right. If the Steelers pull this one out and the offense isn't just a dingle berry on the defense's ***, I have to say that I would like to see Arians stay.

coldrolled
01-31-2011, 04:07 PM
As much as hate on Arians, if they Steelers win another Super Bowl next Sunday there's no way they are getting rid of him in the offseason. All the head coaching vacancies are filled except for the Titans, maybe they'd want Arians :lol:

Cinci just fired Bob Bratkowski...

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I have to say that I would like to see Arians stay.

Every game leaves you with the feeling that we should have scored alot more.
Well most of the games not played against sub 500 teams.

i just cant shake that.

win the super bowl 37 - 17 and maybe i will change my mind.

LatrobePA
01-31-2011, 04:16 PM
BA is a father figure to Ben, I honestly just can't see them firing him..

And as much as I've complained about him, his calling has been pretty solid the last 5 games or so..

The Jets game was almost flawless...

SteelerDave74
01-31-2011, 04:50 PM
BA is a father figure to Ben, I honestly just can't see them firing him..

And as much as I've complained about him, his calling has been pretty solid the last 5 games or so..

The Jets game was almost flawless...

:tt02: Good Post! I just want to throw in one thing. As much as I called for Arian's head the last few seasons, I am really regretting some of it. He has done extremely well in shaping this offense.

NHStlrfan
01-31-2011, 05:17 PM
BA is a father figure to Ben, I honestly just can't see them firing him..

And as much as I've complained about him, his calling has been pretty solid the last 5 games or so..

The Jets game was almost flawless...

The first half was close to flawless but again the second half was well, not so great. Where's the screen pass to the backs? Where's the quick slant? Where's the fullback? Where's the play action? Why throw deep so many times when they just need a few yards? As said earlier, each game there's that nagging feeling that far too many points were left on the field.

Too many questions. The main question though is this. Is it BA or BR to blame? :imho:

LatrobePA
01-31-2011, 05:28 PM
They didn't stray from their game plan, love or hate it they still pounded the ball and played keep away. It worked, we're in the SB!

Rampage
01-31-2011, 07:20 PM
Cinci just fired Bob Bratkowski...

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Every game leaves you with the feeling that we should have scored alot more.
Well most of the games not played against sub 500 teams.

i just cant shake that.

win the super bowl 37 - 17 and maybe i will change my mind.

I feel like every game could be 50 to nothing, but then I remember that the other team is being paid too and I am a bit of what they would call a homer. :cope:

Goodfrom55
01-31-2011, 07:29 PM
Honestly, as much as I bitch and moan about Arians, he has got to be doing something right. If the Steelers pull this one out and the offense isn't just a dingle berry on the defense's ***, I have to say that I would like to see Arians stay.

Good point and I agree - kind of like working with someone you don't like. May not like the person, but if the person does their job, then you deal with it.

Arians system is OK, but my issue is the play calling. And obviously he is a hit on the Steelers so as long as they embrace (especially Ben) him and if the Steelers win SB XLV, then he ain't goin nowhere. Besides, last 4 opponents (Ravens, jets, brown, panthers, )Steelers have put up a minimum of 24 points.

steeldoc
01-31-2011, 08:49 PM
Beating up the O coordinator is right up there with anointing the second string qb in Pittsburgh...I just don't get it. Do you remember the 90's Steeler teams, when 14 points was all they needed to win? Arians has done a good job, I would love to see Ben put up 40 or so to shut everyone up.

LarryNJ
01-31-2011, 08:51 PM
I would love to see Ben put up 40 or so to shut everyone up.

I don't care about shutting anyone up, but I'll take the 40 points! :)

coldrolled
02-01-2011, 12:29 PM
Beating up the O coordinator is right up there with anointing the second string qb in Pittsburgh...I just don't get it. Do you remember the 90's Steeler teams, when 14 points was all they needed to win? Arians has done a good job, I would love to see Ben put up 40 or so to shut everyone up.

Thats exactly why GB is the favorite in the SB... 48-21 in atlanta....

we dont have those blowout games against the good teams.

ben needs to put up 40 in the SB to get his elite status... thats what its all about. points... not SB wins for ben..

Our offense has a problem scoring for 4 straight qtrs... we seem to go flat in every game for a qtr or two. thats the BA syndrome.. :thinking:

Rampage
02-01-2011, 08:23 PM
Good news for all you Arians fans:


Media Day is a circus, but it can be pretty cool for a reporter if you know where to sit. You just don’t have many other chances to speak with general managers and coordinators.

I learned plenty from Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians Tuesday, who was a lot more colorful than I imagined. One year after a false report said he was fired, Arians was soaking in the experience and looking forward to shaving his beard next week.

“That’s what makes you enjoy this week so much: All those times getting your *** kicked,” Arians said in reference to the times he was actually fired as a college coach.

Arians said he doesn’t let the criticism of his playcalling bother him, joking that Pittsburgh is only town in the league where the fans want the team to run the ball more even when they have a great passing game.

“No one sits at home and calls defense. I enjoy listening to sports talk shows myself and I think ‘We really did have a run called, Ben just threw the damn thing,” Arians joked.

Arians lauded the Rooney family, saying he’s never seen anything like them in all his years in football. Real family ownership passed down through generations is becoming rare in the NFL, which is unfortunate.

The familes that have been in the league since the beginning just care more, and that’s why Arians plans to be a Steeler for life.

“I’ll end my career as a Steelers because this is going to be my last job. I don’t have to worry about it. I can retire,” Arians said.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/01/arians-this-will-be-my-last-job/