Bruce Arians returns to Steelers

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arian’s contract quietly ran out after the season, but no one seemed particularly concerned because it always seemed like he would be back.

On Wednesday, he signed a one-year deal to return to the team, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Arians said at the Super Bowl that he would never work anywhere else than the Steelers.  While he’s 15 years younger than LeBeau, Arians has been contemplating retirement at age 59.  The short contract is reflective of Arians’ uncertainty.

The Steelers averaged 27 points-per-game in the playoffs and nicely developed their young receivers this season despite an injury-plagued offensive line.   While Arians doesn’t get a lot of credit, he’s done a solid job in his run in Pittsburgh.