Daily Archives: January 22, 2012

NFC Championship Game: 49ers Up 7 Early on the Giants

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Crazy day of football so far with the Patriots beating the Ravens 23-20 on a missed field goal in the last seconds of the game. If you are not in a football coma quite yet, come in and join us for some conversation on what should be another great game. My boy, Vernon Davis, is putting on a clinic.

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Goodnight Ratbirds!!!!! Cundiff Pulls the Choke of the Year!

How did that taste Thomas Crowley?

Or how about this one?

Boo hoo Baltimore fans!

And one more good one

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Steelers: Arians To Retire From Coaching

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has informed the team that he plans to retire from coaching.

Arians, 57, considered retiring before last season and is in the final year of his contract.

He has been the Steelers offensive coordinator since 2007, appearing in two Super Bowls and winning one of them.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin released a statement on the team’s website this morning.

It reads in full:
” 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.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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Patriots offense meets Ravens defense for AFC title

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots made it to the AFC championship game with a high-powered offense that piled up points and yards. Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens got there with a hard-hitting defense that made it a major challenge for opponents to move the ball.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Steelers ready for big changes on defense

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Expect the Steelers’ defense to look a lot different in 2012 than it looked in 2011. Although the Steelers have said they don’t want to tear things apart this offseason, the reality is that they’re currently slated to be about $ 25 million over the 2012 salary cap, which means there are going to be some…

Source: ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Does Rooney Not Trust Tomlin on Coaching Personnel Decisions?

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In what seemed like a backhanded slap by Art Rooney II to Mike Tomlin this week Bruce Arians was forced into retirement.  Tomlin had come out publicly and backed Arians and wanted him to return.  He did this on more then one occasion.  Less then a week later Arians “retired” for us to only find out later he retired because his contract was not going to be renewed.
It seems like the Steelers love Tomlin as a coach but do not trust his personnel choices.  We had this discussion last week within the BB and G group.  We went through all of Tomlin’s coaches and realized that he had really made maybe one coaching personnel decision.  That was the hiring of Offensive Line Coach Sean Kugler.  The rest of the guys were just renewed or fixtures from the past regime.
It has been reported that Kirby Wilson was Tomlin’s next choice to be offensive coordinator.  Since Wilson will not be ready to do anything for quite while as he fights for his life after being burned (get …

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Steelers Ink Former Ravens QB Troy Smith

In an rather interesting move today, the Steelers signed former Ravens quarterback Troy Smith. The former Ohio State QB and Heisman Trophy winner had been in on Thursday for a workout.

He inks a “future/reserves” contract. He was playing in the UFL with the Omaha Nighthawks. Likely he will fight for the number three job, but there are plenty of chances with the backup QB spot depending on which way the Steelers go.

Byron Leftwich should be back, and then it’s down to Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch, that’s if Batch decides to play again and not retire.

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Did Arians Really Reitre? Or Was He Forced Out by Rooney?

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Reading a lot more about the Bruce Arians *retirement* today, it’s starting to sound more and more like the OC was forced out, and it wasn’t just Mike Tomlin’s decision.

The Post-Gazette reports that team president Art Rooney II made a rather strong recommendation to Tomlin to not renew Arians’ contract. In other worse, Arians was fired.

It seemed pretty evident from the start that the decision to leave wasn’t Arians’. He had been telling people that he wanted and intended to come back in 2012, that is until he caught wind that his deal was not being renewed.

Also Tomlin told Arians, the media, and other coaches that he was going to bring Arians back.

In the end, seems that public had something to do with the decision, as the constant bashing of Arians could be hear far and wide around Steeler Nation, and Rooney could have finally thought it was time to go in another direction.

The big questions now – who will be brought in, and will that person click with Ben Roethlisberger, who has been a huge Arians supporter over the years.

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Arians’ departure a shell game of semantics

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Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has retired.  Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reports that the retirement occurred after the Steelers told Arians that his contract would not be renewed. But the same source who tells LaCanfora that Arians was told his contract wouldn’t be renewed told LaCanfora that Arians wasn’t fired. It’s a matter of…

Source: ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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NFC: An old rivalry with a new verse

By Janie McCauley The New York Giants boasted a physical, intimidating defense. The San Francisco 49ers featured a high-powered passing attack led by an eventual Hall of Fame quarterback. When San Francisco hosts New York in the NFC championship game today, the matchup conjures memories from a previous era of this great rivalry — even if the roles are somewhat reversed.

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

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