BA isn't available and even if he was he would never come back. LOL..
I'd prefer a bucket of water over Haley as our OC.
It's east to say that on this side of the fence. I don't think Arians will ever be back but I do believe Haley is gone. Start looking for the next best thing in the college ranks or A position coach on a successful offense...Then after you wasted all that time they will promote Randy Fichtner. I hope not. Maybe Lane Kiffin??? Oh Jesus
The "Optimistic" Offseason:
Taylor, Polamalu, Keisel, & Harrison - Retire
Cortez Allen & Shamarko Thomas - Steelers Believe They Are Starters
Cut - C Thomas & L Moore
Re-Sign Blake, McCain, Golden, W Johnson, & Moats
Re-Sign Worilds ($6 Mil Avg) OR Sign Derrick Morgan/Jabaal Sheard/Brandon Graham/Pernell McPhee
1st Danny Shelton NT
2nd Eli Harold OLB
3rd Jacoby Glenn CB
4th Jesse James TE
5th Matt Jones RB
6a James Sample S
6b Ray Drew DE
7th Kaelin Clay WR
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Bruce Arians
In his Week 16 Power Rankings, NFL Analyst Elliot Harrison made the following statement when talking about the Arizona Cardinals:
Who deserves Coach of the Year honors more than Bruce Arians? No one, and I mean no one, expected Arizona to be 10-5 coming off a win in Seattle. Of course, Arians won the award last year. No head coach has repeated since Joe Gibbs in 1982 and '83.
Unexpected? For sure, in Steeler Nation. From the past comments of many people on this august site, you would think Arians was a combination of Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle. (Sorry, forgot to precede that with an Old Person Alert. Thank God for reruns.)
And yet, the coach a huge portion of the fan base couldn't wait to get rid of has been completely rejuvenated in the desert air.
Was Arians the greatest thing since sliced bread? Did the Steelers fans (and, more importantly, those in the organization) who wanted him gone make a mistake of massive proportions?
I'm not prepared to go that far. No one could say what would have happened if he had stayed. I'm guessing the offense would not have tanked, the way it did for a while, but on the other hand the pain of going through the changes Todd Haley has instituted finally appears to be paying off.
Fortunately, Steeler Nation is bursting with would-be coordinators who can point out every single mistake made by any of them, whether their name be Bruce Arians, Todd Haley, Dick LeBeau, or insert name of choice.
Did Bruce Arians make the absolute most of the players he had? Does Todd Haley? Does Dick LeBeau? Probably not all the time. But it is amazing to me how a guy Steeler Nation's battalion of experts had declared to be a complete bum can go somewhere else, move up to head coach, and do such a great job. I guess I just don't understand how this stuff works.
Just as LeBeau was a better DC than HC...
Although, if the Steelers somehow become only the 2nd team to go from 0-4 to playoffs....
Sorry, not buying what you're selling.
Look a little closer. AZ is 0.427 against teams with a winning record. They beat up on the weaklings of the league, going 7-1. They are 2-3 in their division. In the AFC North, that won't get you into the playoffs.
Scoring offense? ... AZ is right where Arians had PIT for years, bottom half of the league.
Better candidate?.. Panthers HC.
Last edited by NorthCoast; 12-26-2013 at 10:44 AM.