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Arians: This will be my last job

Bruce Arians

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 ass 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.

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27 Responses to “Arians: This will be my last job”
  1. geeeeemen says: Feb 1, 2011 6:40 PM

    Damn i wanted him to replace gilbride as giants oc. hey their ownership is also family – Mara (and tisch)

  2. mrcmos says: Feb 1, 2011 6:47 PM

    You can start Monday after the Packers win on Sunday.

  3. weswelkerspornstash says: Feb 1, 2011 6:47 PM

    Good article… No sarcasm

  4. mataug says: Feb 1, 2011 6:54 PM

    Thumbs up if you know who was Peyton Manning’s first quarterback coach when he was drafted by the Colts in 1998.

  5. realtor4texas says: Feb 1, 2011 6:54 PM

    That is so cool when a family creates a legacy and exhibits pride in ownership!

  6. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 1, 2011 6:58 PM

    And Steeler Nation responds with a collective “thank God!”

  7. conseannery says: Feb 1, 2011 7:16 PM

    Arians was…looking forward to shaving his beard next week.

    I bet he is…for crying out loud, he looks like PedoBear in that pic.

  8. jimmysee says: Feb 1, 2011 7:16 PM

    When you love what you do, you NEVER go to work.

  9. jhorton83 says: Feb 1, 2011 7:17 PM

    It’s pretty rare to have an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator content with those roles and willing to end their careers with their current team. Arians and LeBeau are two of the best in the league. And I say this as someone who hates the Steelers.

    On a side note, Dick LeBeau really deserved a better chance at being a head coach. His one opportunity came with a Bengals team that even Lombardi would have lost with.

  10. macsteel says: Feb 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    I know a lot of my fellow Steelers fans have been hating on this guy. I still don’t know what to make of his offensive philosophy. He seems to want to pull away from the Steelers run/smash mouth offense to more of a passing attack. Arians makes me uneasy but he somehow gets the job done…most of the time.

  11. Bubby Brister says: Feb 1, 2011 7:29 PM

    He’s not the best offensive coordinator in the world, but I do think he’s crucified a little too much around here. It’s funny… when the defense breaks down, you immediately hear the fans singling out one player and getting on him for not executing, but then when the offense has a miscue it’s “Fire Arians!”. I guess you get that benefit of the doubt, though, when your name’s Dick LeBeau.

    P.S. Gregg, I saw you tweet something about Arians slamming Butch Davis today for the Browns loss against the Steelers in the ’02 playoffs (in which Arians was on the Browns staff). I think I speak for many other Steelers fans when I say I’m interested to hear more about that.

  12. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 1, 2011 7:29 PM

    P.S. And a collective “start your retirement now, Bruce, why wait?”

  13. villagoo says: Feb 1, 2011 7:41 PM

    Hopefully sooner, than later. Does Arians forget Ben had to save his job last year? He doesn’t have the stability of a HC in Pittsburgh.

  14. hobartbaker says: Feb 1, 2011 7:55 PM

    Hairyens goes into the game knowing that “it takes a half to figure out the Packer defense”, according to Matt Forte.

    Meaning that “a half-wit” will take the entire game to figure it out.

  15. PCa Survivor says: Feb 1, 2011 8:12 PM

    Cancer survivor. Stay strong B.A.

  16. commandercornpone says: Feb 1, 2011 8:42 PM

    steel, arians is too pass happy. but if ben audibles out of arians’ run calls to passes, guess what?

    let him pass or bench him, and get fired faster.

    basically, ben gets to throw a pass whenever he feels like it.

    so, nothing ever changes.

  17. njsteeler says: Feb 1, 2011 8:50 PM

    I admit to being one of Arians biggest critics. I don’t mind that he wants to put the ball in the air. That’s why you draft a franchise QB. My problem with the guy is with the state of the o-line at times why doesn’t he throw more screens to Mendenhall, and the other backs? DC’s have been sending the house at us play after play because the o-line is perceived to be the weak link. Screens would slow those rushers down a bit in my opinion. He called some screens for the WR’s against the Jets, but I’d love to see some more out of different formations Thoughts?

  18. Deb says: Feb 1, 2011 9:04 PM

    @macsteel …

    To be blunt, last season I thought Arians let Roethlisberger dictate too much of the offensive strategy. Ben’s his ego had run amok and the coaches needed to rein him in. Bet there was a lot of truth in that line Arians cracked about Ben throwing on a designated running play.

    QBs should have freedom to audible and run the no-huddle, but they have to be smart about it and not try to force throws to satisfy their own egos. They have to be willing to listen to their coaches. I see a big difference in Ben’s playing style this year. He seems more disciplined–and Arians doesn’t seem to be kowtowing to him like he was. We see the results.

    BTW, Arians was RB coach at Bama in Bear Bryant’s last year so definitely was taught to appreciate a good running game ;)

    Does anyone else think he looks like Andy Reid in that photo?

  19. realitypolice says: Feb 1, 2011 9:52 PM

    Looks kinda like Andy Reid in that picture.

    And neither one of them ever won anything in Philly. (Arians 21-45 at Temple).

    Zing!

  20. steelertom says: Feb 1, 2011 10:45 PM

    I am glad arians feels that way and i hope the rooneys do to. I live in pgh and know in this city the fans think they can call plays better than the offensive coordinator. No matter who it may be. If the play works its because the players produced. If it doesnt it was a bad call. i know this happens elsewhere but in pgh it is crazy. The truth is,he is a good o coordinator,not a great. Unless you got somone better its a move for the sake of change. Much like the pitt catastrophe. And the rooneys dont do buisness that way.

  21. rovibe says: Feb 1, 2011 10:48 PM

    For crying out loud, Steelers fans — your team is in the freakin’ Super Bowl for the 3rd time in 7 years. This guy has been an assistant for all 3 of those, and the OC for two. The guy must be doing something right.

  22. realitypolice says: Feb 1, 2011 11:10 PM

    Deb says:
    I see a big difference in Ben’s playing style this year. He seems more disciplined–and Arians doesn’t seem to be kowtowing to him like he was. We see the results.
    =====================

    I agree with you, and this is where I see the irony in Steeler fan’s hysterical reaction to the way the league brought the hammer down on BR for his off season debacle.

    I have consistently said that I thought BR was guilty of nothing more than being an incredibly narcissistic, egotistical, immature, a**h***.

    I believe that when Steeler fans look back 20 years from now, they will see the 4 game suspension as the best thing that ever happened to BR in particular, and this version of the Steelers in general.

    It seems to me that the light bulb went on for BR as a direct result of the league’s actions, because it was the first time he had ever had to face the consequences for the way he was living his life.

    This is why people get frustrated with the Steelers themselves and their fans. If you just read the griping, bitching and moaning from the team and their fans and didn’t follow the league, you would think they were 1-15.

    Instead, their defense seems to have somehow survived the crackdown on illegal hits and their QB seems to have morphed into the mature leader the team needs.

    And hey! what do you know? They’re in Super Bowl again.

  23. ihateannouncers says: Feb 2, 2011 2:06 AM

    Gregg, thanks for just doing an interesting football related story. Your partners are straying off to TMZ reports and strip clubs. Good to know that one of you is truly a football fan.

  24. ihateannouncers says: Feb 2, 2011 2:10 AM

    Deb says:
    Feb 1, 2011 9:04 PM

    Does anyone else think he looks like Andy Reid in that photo?

    I don’t see Andy Reid, but I do see an older version of Chris Hoke.

  25. CKL says: Feb 2, 2011 4:08 AM

    Is it me or do more fans (any team) seem to complain the more about the team’s OC and not as much about the DC?

  26. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 2, 2011 7:42 AM

    @realitypolice:
    “This is why people get frustrated with the Steelers themselves and their fans. If you just read the griping, bitching and moaning from the team and their fans and didn’t follow the league, you would think they were 1-15.”

    i agree with you with the exception of this statement. the only thing we’ve bitched about was the fact that it was unfair to suspend him (because it was). i agree that it ended up working out well for all parties involved, but that doesnt negate the arbitrary way in which the league went about it. There was PROOF of Favre’s misconduct that would have brought infinitely more shame to the NFL than Ben’s situation. Ben’s thing(s) was off the field, Favre’s was at a team facility and directly impacted another team employee and he received no such suspension. I understand that Ben had more than one incident, but i wouldnt care if there were 100 unsubstantiated and frivolous claims, it doesnt make them true because there’s more than one.
    i have been one of those who question Arians…a lot! mostly for his ability to call plays to close out the game. i think he gets too risky when we dont need to be. my biggest gripe is our handling of the blitz. the line doesnt read them well, nor does our qb. this falls at the feet of the OC because it means he himself doesnt understand them well and/or doesnt do a good job of coaching those guys up to defend it. i think we do well despite him sometimes. however, if what he says is true about ben deciding to pass when a run is called, then i can soften my stance on him a bit when it comes to calling plays to close out a game (or ones that will help you do so in the 4th quarter, ie running the ball against teams that dont defend it well)

  27. Deb says: Feb 2, 2011 12:50 PM

    @realitypolice …

    Totally agree with your dead-on characterization of Ben and the results of his suspension. I’ve tried to explain my continued griping at Goodell despite the positive results, but will concede it’s probably been difficult to follow.

    I supported Ben’s suspension because he deserved it for the reasons you mention–and it was the best thing for him and the team. But I condemned Goodell because he bent the rules to impose it and did so only as a PR stunt. He did the right thing, but for the wrong reasons.

    That would have been okay if he’d followed through with his pretended commitment to improving personal conduct–for instance by suspending Vince Young for his strip-club assault and Brandon Underwood for the hooker escapade that briefly dragged his teammates through the mud. But he didn’t … because the media wasn’t watching. As with his supposed assault on both legal and illegal hits, he goes for publicity stunts instead of substantive solutions. He doesn’t have one tidbit of data to show that fines reduce the number or severity of head injuries.

    The Ben situation turned out well for the Steelers, but I’m afraid the league will suffer from many of Goodell’s other decisions.

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