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Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:29 pm
Bruce Arians would not have been retained (Getty).

By Josh Katzowitz

Before Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians retired, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters in a postseason presser that he wanted both of his coordinators to return in 2012. Arians, in fact, told people he would be back next season. That obviously won’t happen now that Arians isn’t returning.

But the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has some interesting insight into what forced Arians to make that call. According to the paper, the organization was not going to renew Arians’ contract, and in essence, was going to fire him without officially having to fire him.

“That decision,” writes reporter Gerry Dulac, “appears to have come from team president Art Rooney II, even though coach Mike Tomlin told Arians several times since the playoff loss in Denver that he wanted him to return next season.”

Now, it appears Tomlin was overruled by his boss.

The only statement released by the Steelers on the matter was this one paragraph from Tomlin:

“Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching. 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.”

That’s it. No quotes from Arians. No quotes from Rooney.

On the face of it, that statement leans more toward dismissal than a happy retirement. And considering that Arians wasn’t popular with the fanbase, though he put together a more-than-solid offense this season and though Ben Roethlisberger has helped save his job in the past, the Post Gazette opines, “Apparently, the Steelers hierarchy agreed with many of his detractors.”

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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:40 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

What a sadly ignorant post.  Mike Tomlin has been to as many Super Bowls and won as many in 4 years as Bill Cowher did in all of his years of coaching. There is no measure you can use in which Mike Tomlin hasn't been a more successful head coach than Bill Cowher was and I thought Cowher was great.   Even if he did lose numerous home AFC Championship games.  Maybe you should be a little introspective and let us all know the real reason you don't like Mike Tomlin.

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:53 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

If you're so in love with Bill Cowher, then go root for the team he's coaching. Oh wait, he's not coaching. Hard to make unpopular decisions when you're not coaching. Seems to me, plenty of people thought Cowher was out to lunch when he didn't bring home the ring as well. Spoiled rotten so-called fans don't know quality when it spits in their face. Most coaches in the NFL wouldn't have even gotten this team to the playoffs and there's not one who could have gotten them to the Super Bowl. Got it? Now get over it and move on. Mike Tomlin, Bruce Arians, Dick Lebeau and a kinder than average schedule got this team to 12-4. Now Arians is gone. So be it, but there are a lot worse out there. BTW, Green Bay rested Aaron Rodgers... and LOST to the Giants! Lotta good that did.

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:00 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

You must be a baseball fan you obviously don't know football from your comment.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:03 pm


tomlin better step it up next year and get the steelers to the super bowl or he will be next

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:43 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

Tom Clements would make an excellent OC for the Steelers....He was a smart QB and has done great work in the league.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:43 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

Thank God!!!

Nice post!  I thought I was the only guy who wanted Tomlin FIRED!!!!  I think the Rooneys understand now how big of a mistake tehy made hiring this moron.  Please, Rooney, fire Tomlin, lets get started with a new Head Coach who will bring back prestige.

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:18 pm

Report: Bruce Arians was set to be fired

Cut Tomlin.. Getting rid of Arians is a band-aid but its Art2s only move at this point. 
At least media homers and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher are calling Tomlin on his Neanderthal decision to play Pouncy and Roethlisberger injured in meaningless games. What would Sean Payton or Belichick have done? In addition to resting their best players prior to the playoff run, I can see both of them running down the sidelines in Denver to call a time out with 25 seconds left at the end of the game at midfield. Why not sit Big Ben and Pouncy in the SF and Cleveland games? Because the players and Bruce Arians felt they could play and Tomlin agreed…….GB recently rested Aaron Rodgers prior to the playoffs and the backup QB threw for 500 yards... 
At least Cowher was clearly the "head coach" and would have gone to Denver better prepared. He had differences with his coordinators and keeping Big Ben in line but Tomlin did nothing to make necessary adjustments down the stretch and in the Denver game….If Belichick were coaching the Steelers would he have stood and watched Ike Taylor on an Island GET BURNED over and over and over and finally over again in OT?................ He would have at least attempted a field goal at the end of the game. 
Mike Tomlin needs to take charge of his team by committee or step aside

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