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fordfixer
01-06-2010, 02:27 AM
Will Arians stay or go?
January 5th, 2010
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Here is what we know about Bruce Arians: he is still employed by the Steelers though coach Mike Tomlin appears to be at least considering cutting ties with the oft-criticized offensive coordinator.

If Arians were definitely coming back for the 2010 season, Tomlin presumably would have issued a statement saying so after 1250 ESPN reported today that there are “strong rumblings” Arians will be fired.

The Steelers have refuted the report, which came out after Tomlin’s news conference, and Arians spent the day working at the team’s South Side practice facility.

That is not to say Tomlin won’t eventually go in another direction with a unit that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in passing and total offense but was in the bottom half of the league in third down conversions and touchdowns in the red zone.

One thing that may not bode well for Arians: Tomlin said the Steelers need to cut down on the number of times quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is hit.

That could be translated into Tomlin saying the Steelers need to emphasize the run more than it has been since Arians became the offensive coordinator in 2007.

But Tomlin also said today that one thing his first head-coaching job has taught him is the importance of not making rash decisions when it comes to personnel.

He is in the process of holding one-on-one interviews with his players. After he is finished with those, Tomlin said he will do the same with his assistant coaches.

“It kind of provides insight into moving forward so these are very valued meetings that I’m having right now,” Tomlin said.

If he is sincere about making critical decisions only after he has done his due diligence then Tomlin has not yet decided whether Arians will stay or go.

Stay tuned.