Eyebrows were raised around the NFL this offseason when the Steelers fired offensive coordinator Bruce Arians (a firing they falsely claimed was a retirement) and hired Todd Haley to replace him. Answering questions about that move for the first time on Tuesday morning, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that was his decision and did not come from above.
“I thought that it was time for change,” Tomlin said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Asked whether Steelers owner Art Rooney II pushed him to fire Arians, Tomlin said, “He did not . . . I hired Todd Haley as well, which is your next question. Art Rooney owns the football team. he can do what he wants to do, but those directives did not happen.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a close relationship with Arians, and there’s been some talk that Roethlisberger and Haley will clash. But Tomlin said he doesn’t see why they can’t work well together.
“I’m not worried,” Tomlin said. “I don’t anticipate any issues. I anticipate both guys getting along great.”