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Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians retires

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin searching for a new offensive coordinator after Bruce Arians has decided to walk away.

Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “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.”

The 59-year-old Arians has been the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for the last five years and was the wide receivers coach for three years before that. He has also been an assistant with the Browns, Colts, Saints and Chiefs, and for several college teams.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said before the team’s playoff loss to the Broncos that he thinks it would be “crazy” for the Steelers to change the offense. So he’ll surely be hoping the team promotes someone from in-house to replace Arians.

Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was reportedly in line to be the next offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, but Wilson was badly injured in a fire at his home, and he likely will not be able to return to the team any time soon.

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  1. jimbobobjr says: Jan 20, 2012 11:27 AM

    Well, I’m in traction from doing backflips, but it was well worth it! Good riddance, you Mike Martz wannabe!

  2. dontstabmeray says: Jan 20, 2012 11:28 AM

    This is great news for us Steelers fans.

  3. steelergold says: Jan 20, 2012 11:33 AM

    I can’t wait to see who the replacement is !

  4. johnteedee says: Jan 20, 2012 11:34 AM

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What else can be said?

  5. engymassx says: Jan 20, 2012 11:34 AM

    Take care Mr. Arians, but it’s time for this offense to become one of the best in the league !

  6. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 20, 2012 11:35 AM

    he knows the Steelers are gonna be down for 5-8 years. Smart move, jump ship as it’s sinking cause soon that franchise will be under water.

    6-10 next year

  7. steelerssmack4u says: Jan 20, 2012 11:36 AM

    Packers QB coach Tom Clements would be a great fit. Plus he has worked as the Steeler QB coach with Ben.
    Arians had to go after the offense was ranked 21st. The lack of a balanced attack along with mismanagement of the clock sealed his fate

  8. mr4thand1 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:38 AM

    All of a sudden, I have Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Streets” playing in my head!

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    Does anybody else here think he was asked to “retire”?

  10. thingamajig says: Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    Which one will it be, Haley or Chilly?

  11. redguy12588 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:41 AM

    I HAVE DREAMED OF THIS DAY!

  12. rc33 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:44 AM

    The importance of the Coordinator/Ass’t Coach is being overstated here. The Steelers will be good next season because they’re always good, every season. Whether Arians was part of it or not.

  13. wabster says: Jan 20, 2012 11:47 AM

    Awesome, whoever we hire better keep that wide receiver bubble screen that we run 5 x a game oh and he has to run right on first down
    its a must!!!

  14. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 11:50 AM

    yes…..he should retire…….afterall his unit gave up 31.6 yards per completion to tim freakin tebow……all his fault

  15. olcap says: Jan 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    Maybe Roethlisberger, in hindsight, will one day say, “I was crazy to think back then that it would be crazy to change our offense”

  16. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 12:05 PM

    tim freakin tebow……31.6 ypc……..ahahahahahahahaha

  17. mitchitized says: Jan 20, 2012 12:08 PM

    Totally happy if the only thing that changes is the playcalling on game day.

    That said, it would be awesome to return to a less pass-wacky attack, and an offense that tried less to react to the defense, and more to force the defense to react to them.

    They have great weapons, but have minimized their value and effectiveness. We can yell about Ben hanging on to the ball too long, and a crummy OL, but the bottom line is playcalling makes all the difference.

  18. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 12:08 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  19. steelers1981 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:09 PM

    olcap says:
    Jan 20, 2012 11:53 AM
    Maybe Roethlisberger, in hindsight, will one day say, “I was crazy to think back then that it would be crazy to change our offense”
    ___________________________________
    And maybe #7 knows better than all you “experts” posting here

  20. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Jan 20, 2012 12:10 PM

    Maybe you guys could hire Cam Cameron though after winning a Super Bowl the Ravens would almost have to keep him.

  21. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha………hahahahahahaha………hahahahahaha

  22. sbs9101314304043 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:12 PM

    This can only help the Steelers

    to “thatobnoxiousguy” The Steelers organization under water is still better than 90% of league. You should change your name to “ripvonwinkle” because it is obvious you have been sleeping for the last 40 years.

  23. t8ertot says: Jan 20, 2012 12:13 PM

    Who dey

  24. mrmondaynite says: Jan 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    @700 … are you serious? Arians was the offensive coordinator, not the defensive coordinator.

    hahahahhhahahahha….hahahaha…hahahahahah

  25. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    hahahahahahahahaha…31.6 Ypc to a QB WITH A LIKE 25 PASSER RATING…..8-8 TEAM……..HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  26. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    700levelvet:

    How much internet time did your mom give you today?

    Loser.

  27. jimbobobjr says: Jan 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    steelers1981 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 12:09 PM
    olcap says:
    Jan 20, 2012 11:53 AM
    Maybe Roethlisberger, in hindsight, will one day say, “I was crazy to think back then that it would be crazy to change our offense”
    ___________________________________
    And maybe #7 knows better than all you “experts” posting here

    ——————————————

    Ben is biased. He and Arians are good friends. He didn’t lose any sleep when Whisenhunt, a far superior coordinator, left, because they didn’t get along.

  28. bigdaddydooko says: Jan 20, 2012 12:24 PM

    Bring back the Whiz. Wait, nevermind. He’ll probably just sign all the old Cardinal players, like does with the Steelers now.

  29. steelers1981 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:28 PM

    Some Steeler fans are living in the past. Most never really accepted Willie Parker. “Have to have a big pwer back they said”. Now they want a more “balanced attack”. The league is changing. They will never run the ball the way they used to. They were not effective when tried to run this year and yes, the bad O-line was a big part of that. Do I think the Steeler offense should have been better than it was this year, yes. Do I want them to run the ball a bit more, yes (but they need a better O-line to do so). Do I believe the failings of the offense were all Arians fault, no.

  30. CKL says: Jan 20, 2012 12:31 PM

    700levelvet says:
    Jan 20, 2012 11:50 AM
    yes…..he should retire…….afterall his unit gave up 31.6 yards per completion to tim freakin tebow……all his fault
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    I don’t know who you root for but judging by the grade school level of your little hahahhas over and over here, you can’t be more than 12. So I’ll forgive you for not realizing that even a tremendous coach like LeBeau can get outcoached from time to time.
    Even the best have those days. LeBeau outcoached MY team’s coaching staff a few months ago. I surely didn’t want Belichick to retire because of that. Silliness.

    On Arians, I have a feeling he was told to retire also. He’s been on thin ice for a couple years IIRC. Didn’t one of the Rooneys express a desire to run the ball more not long ago? It’s rare they speak on those type of things, and perhaps telling.

  31. steelers1981 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:32 PM

    mrmondaynite says:
    Jan 20, 2012 12:16 PM
    @700 … are you serious? Arians was the offensive coordinator, not the defensive coordinator.

    hahahahhhahahahha….hahahaha…hahahahahah
    ___________________________________
    I think that’s his point. The offensive coordinator had nothing to do with the way the defense played against Denver.

  32. omaha189 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    i’m thinking Todd Haley for steelers OC. His dad use to coach there.

  33. olcap says: Jan 20, 2012 12:38 PM

    @steelers1981

    Not a Steeler fan. I just calls em like I sees em.

  34. gnutella0 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    I’m not living in the past. I want a balanced offense. Under Bill Cowher and Ken Whisenhunt, it was pathologically run-biased. Under Mike Tomlin and Bruce Arians, it’s been pathologically pass-biased, except on first down and in the red zone, where it’s still been pathologically run-biased.

    Time to find an offensive coordinator who can:

    1. Design and call plays that are effective in the red zone, and that don’t telegraph everything to the defense.

    2. Make adjustments to the game plan based on matchups, tendencies and injuries. Exploit opposing defenses’ weaknesses for a change.

    3. Give the players hell for making the same mistakes repeatedly. Coach those mistakes out of them.

  35. 700levelvet says: Jan 20, 2012 12:43 PM

    raiduhs fans have realized…but the yinzers……nope….still that stupid……general tso’s chicken…..thanks idiots

  36. gnutella0 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:48 PM

    CKL said, “On Arians, I have a feeling he was told to retire also. He’s been on thin ice for a couple years IIRC. Didn’t one of the Rooneys express a desire to run the ball more not long ago? It’s rare they speak on those type of things, and perhaps telling.”

    Art Rooney II is a bit more hands-on than Dan Rooney ever was. He’s no Jerry Jones by any means, but when he says, “Jump,” then people better ask, “How high?”

    What got Arians on thin ice in the first place was his hideous game plan against the Browns (second time) in 2009. It was windy in Cleveland that night; the temperature was in the teens, and the Browns had the worst run defense in the league statistically, so Arians calls 48 pass plays. It was, by far, the stupidest game plan I’d ever seen on offense since I began watching the Steelers, and it resulted in loss #7, which ruined our playoffs chances that year.

    Of course, the next week, Roethlisberger throws for 503 yards against the Packers on a day when the defense and special teams both failed miserably. That was just a weird year.

  37. psmith7716 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:56 PM

    Time is right to change OC. Not sure who is best to hire, but I’d sure like to get our running game back, especially near the end zone. With that in mind, Peyton Hillis will probably be available. I know he had problems this year in Cleveland, but he was well loved when he was here in Denver. He is a “horse”.

  38. shotgunformation5wide says: Jan 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    @ 700 Velvet

    You do realize Ryan Clark (our starting safety) was unable to play due to health concerns, right? As long as he’s healthy and still with us we can live with the loss.

  39. steelers1981 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:59 PM

    gnutella0 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 12:41 PM
    I’m not living in the past. I want a balanced offense. Under Bill Cowher and Ken Whisenhunt, it was pathologically run-biased. Under Mike Tomlin and Bruce Arians, it’s been pathologically pass-biased, except on first down and in the red zone, where it’s still been pathologically run-biased.

    Time to find an offensive coordinator who can:

    1. Design and call plays that are effective in the red zone, and that don’t telegraph everything to the defense.

    2. Make adjustments to the game plan based on matchups, tendencies and injuries. Exploit opposing defenses’ weaknesses for a change.

    3. Give the players hell for making the same mistakes repeatedly. Coach those mistakes out of them.
    ___________________________________
    I guess the Steelers should make you offensive coordinator since you have all the answers

  40. ravenmaniacisback says: Jan 20, 2012 1:01 PM

    Please…..take Cam Cameron….

  41. rushmatic says: Jan 20, 2012 1:01 PM

    As if the Squealer fans didn’t already have a DEATH GRIP on past accomplishments.

    Better get ready to live solely through the SB wins of the past, Squealer fans. The team is absolutely crumbling.

  42. geezohman says: Jan 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    yeah, I have no problem with Tebow and that game. Ben hurt, our pro bowl center out, ryan out… too bad back ups were not just better but Ben wasn’t great with his injury.

    I can understand steeler haters.. human personality not to like ‘winning teams’. Especially like Browns fans…

    Look at the data for your information.

    Steelers 3 Super Bowl appearances last 6 years. But for example, Browns, one playoff in 2002.

    Will the Steelers continue to win… no doubt about it. Winning organization versus how many other loser organization. I’m not stupid enough to think any team is perfect. Its called winning.. ever since you moved on as a little kid where coach pitch softball, they didn’t keep score… try telling high school kids.. oh don’t worry about the score… HA… its about winning.. always was.. always will be. But be gracious, not arrogant.

    So.. look forward to another 42 years of watching Steelers… though I don’t think I’ll make it !

  43. djstat says: Jan 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Goes to show how stupid and ignorant Steeler fans are. Your offense has never been better and considering your patch work O-line Bruce has been great. He also has helped transform your QB from a game manager to a top 10 passer. Steeler fans are ignorant at knowing football….ok go ahead and tell me I am dumb and you have 6 super bowls…blah blah blah.

  44. zackattack410 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    Here’s where all the Steeler fans have been hiding!

  45. gnutella0 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:19 PM

    rushmatic regurgitated, “As if the Squealer fans didn’t already have a DEATH GRIP on past accomplishments.

    Better get ready to live solely through the SB wins of the past, Squealer fans. The team is absolutely crumbling.”

    2008: 12-4
    2009: 9-7
    2010: 12-4
    2011: 12-4

    Only thing crumbling here is your credibility. And learn how to spell “Steelers” properly, you illiterate fool!

  46. gnutella0 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:22 PM

    steelers1981 regurgitated, “I guess the Steelers should make you offensive coordinator since you have all the answers”

    If I can tell what play’s gonna be run just by looking at the formation, then certainly opposing defenses can too.

  47. vincentbojackson says: Jan 20, 2012 1:22 PM

    The Steelers have had 9 or more wins 16 of the last 20 seasons.

    No reason that trend doesn’t continue whoever they plug in at OC.

  48. klownboy says: Jan 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    I guess we Steelers fans are getting our wish. Only time will tell how it will pan out…

  49. holeinone09 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:46 PM

    Those saying the Steelers will crumble next year are the same ones who said we would be 5-11 or worse this year. Brainless, that’s all.

    As for Arians, I assume good internal reason for this to happen and has nothing to do with what the fans have said. Steelers have never made decisions that way, far as I know. The team will move forward and will have some new offensive wrinkles, which is fine with me. Need to find a coordinator who can maximize the potential of a possibly very explosive passing game, complemented by a decent running game. Ben the the young WR’s could be formidible given the right strategy.

    GO STEELERS!!

  50. steellady says: Jan 20, 2012 1:56 PM

    joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2012 11:40 AM

    Does anybody else here think he was asked to “retire”?

    Naaa.. He contimplated retiring awhile back.. Im actually surprised he stayed as long as he did.

  51. kilo0986 says: Jan 20, 2012 2:19 PM

    He wasnt asked to retire, his contract was up and steelers wanted to go in a new direction. But as much as I disliked him, im not sure theres any better options out there. And to all you steelers haters wtf you guys doin in a steelers post? Go ahead and say “6 rings blah blah blah” we know you just mad. Ive been able to see my tean go to 3 superbowls in the last decade, thats more than most of you can say. Oh yeah, 6 rings thats all the argument i need

  52. roamingabriel says: Jan 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    You guys oughta hurry and look at McCoy from Denver, the way he and Tebow lit you up…

  53. mrpkg says: Jan 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    Steelers keep internal and promote from within
    Randy Fitchner becomes Offensive Coordinator
    Charlie Batch becomes Quarterback Coach

  54. henrykissingerisgod says: Jan 20, 2012 3:04 PM

    This had to be one of the most attractive jobs in the nfl with all of that talent . The steelers have the youngest offense in the afc.

  55. melikefootball says: Jan 20, 2012 3:26 PM

    Who ever they get, if they can stay healthy they still will be a dangerous team that most won’t want on their schedule no matter what the Steeler haters say.

  56. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 20, 2012 3:28 PM

    The job will tough…This will tell us a lot about this organization by who they pick….As a Bengal fan….welcome to the AFC North….

  57. johntonioholmes says: Jan 20, 2012 3:39 PM

    I think Bruce could have been a great coordinator for another team with different personnel and a good pass-blocking o-line.

    But he didn’t exactly fit in Pittsburgh. Sometimes the play-calling was SO frustrating.

    With that being said, the Steelers still did enough to win with him, which is the most important part.

    I hope he has a good retirement.

  58. PCa Survivor says: Jan 20, 2012 3:45 PM

    Bruce Arians, Cancer Survivor. Enjoy retirement. Enjoy life!

  59. shadylamp says: Jan 20, 2012 3:51 PM

    squealers fans are the most fair weather fans ever.
    ————————————————————-
    The importance of the Coordinator/Ass’t Coach is being overstated here. The Steelers will be good next season because they’re always good, every season. Whether Arians was part of it or not.
    ————————————————————-

    Either you are like 18 years old or you have a very bad memory. Tommy Maddox, EHHHHH! Kordell Stewart, EHHHHHH! and my favorite of all time BUBBY BRISTER. EHHHHHH! Watching his pathetic wife cry during that epic 51-0 beat down courtesy of the Browns with 8 sacks and 5 turn overs. I can’t wait for the squealers down fall.

  60. realitypolice says: Jan 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Let me start a really flimsy and completely inaccurate rumor.

    The Steelers just signed Troy Smith.

    Where did Smith start his career?

    Who was the coach of that team?

    Bingo. Your new Pittsburgh Steeler offensive coordinator.

    You heard it here first! And I am pretty sure you will never hear it anywhere else.

  61. horatio69 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:05 PM

    My username on the Stillers.com board? It was “Bring_Me_The_Head_Of_Bruce_Arians.”

  62. clayton43 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:06 PM

    Good Luck with the medicare !! I am sure he was probably asked to retire or be let go and he has stated that he didnt want to coach for any other team before other than the Steelers so I am sure he just decided to retire.

    As far as next guy, I dont see a big name coming in who is going to be leaving for a headd coaching gig in a year or two so like with Coher andd Tomlin and previous coahes..It will be a guy who is under the radar and someone that will stay for awhile. That all depends on Wilson and when and if he will be able to return and if he was in their plans or not.

  63. lilrob10201 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    Steelers should move their o-line coach to OC.

  64. latrobe21 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:24 PM

    Should allow us to get #7 a lot faster . . .

  65. maddogwhite says: Jan 20, 2012 4:38 PM

    GREAT News for Steelers fans.

    BAD news for Ravens fans — other than the butt whooping they’re about to endure this weekend.

    Arians, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Hasta la Vista, Baby!!!

  66. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jan 20, 2012 4:41 PM

    Not defending Arians because the play calling was,….I’ll just leave it at that, but I think perhaps the problems with the O line and the results of Ben’s play resulting from his ankle issues could be factors in ranking 21st in offense. Just sayin’….

  67. antibenapalooza says: Jan 20, 2012 6:31 PM

    Take Pig Ben Rottenberger with you, Bruce!

  68. Deb says: Jan 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    Holy cow!!!! I’m off the blog a few days and look what happens!!! Holy cow!!!!

    Arians was capable of calling great games, but then he’d turn around and make some of the worst decisions. We’d have several great games in a row and you’d think he’d finally gotten it … then he’d make a comment to send your heart into your throat. He just lacked consistency and a commitment to balance. And I think he was too quick to let Ben run the show. Ben’s a great talent, but he’s not necessarily a great decisionmaker. We need coaches capable of working with him, but keeping him in check.

  69. jr4real says: Jan 20, 2012 7:08 PM

    Great news. However i hope they dont even think about that fool Haley. They should try to get Mike Miller to come back. He is the OC for AZ and knows the system. Not a dbag like Haley.

  70. tobiasjodter says: Jan 20, 2012 8:46 PM

    The best news of all? I really doesn’t matter WHO they hire to replace him – I don’t see how it is possible for the next OC to be worse. So worst case scenario is no change.

  71. mantra2 says: Jan 22, 2012 10:40 AM

    I don’t understand why anyone here wants to keep Arians or keep it in the family for the next coach.
    If Arians threw any screen but a bubble screen I would faint. If Arians ever put in Redman in for a whole game except being forced to because his dancing boys of Moore and Mendenhall who can’t score at the goal line or get first downs like Redzone, I would look to the heavens and see if the world is ending. If Arians ever forced Ben to do anything other than take a sack no matter how futile the situation to make a pass and instead throw it away I would check my pulse. If Arians ever made Roethlisberger look more like Brady except the one time he faced Brady I would jump from the window because I know I am dreaming. Maybe I am dreaming. He is gone and lets go get Clements of Greenbay who made the backup to Aaron Rodgers look better than Rogers because this is a passing league and we wont do it alone with 3 yards and a cloud of dust and an aging defense.

    Just my 2 cents.

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