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Colts Hire Bruce Arians for Open Offensive Coordinator Position

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In what could be the shortest retirement in history, Bruce Arians reportedly accepted an offer to be the Colts offensive coordinator just eight days after he left the Steelers.

The Steelers claim Arians retired, but Arians says he was not offered a contract for the 2012 season.

Arians was hired by new Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who was Baltimore's defensive coordinator last season. Pagano must have seen something he liked in Arians, despite the Ravens holding the Steelers to 27 points in two games.

Pagano and Arians are two of the latest new hires in the complete overhaul of the Colts organization. Longtime president Bill Polian was fired earlier this offseason, leading to something of a rift between cornerstone player Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay. Reports came out this morning the two have spoken and have cleared the air.

The question is who will be Arians' quarterback. All signs indicate the Colts will draft Stanford phenom Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft. The Colts owe Manning a bonus of $ 28 million in March, and speculation exists that Manning may be released.

If he isn't, the Colts will tie up a significant amount of money in their quarterback position, but it may be unavoidable. Even with a healthy Manning, his absence in 2011 exposed the Colts as a very shallow team, talent-wise, and they may not be able to compete next season anyway.

As the Colts continue to overhaul their front office, the roster will be next. They may decide to gut their roster in a rebuilding fashion, which would suggest starting Luck.

In that case, Arians will have perhaps the most important coordinator position in the league. Success in developing Luck quickly into a high-level quarterback could keep him in mind for a head coaching position in a year or two.

This off-season saw many open positions go to relative surprise candidates, like Pagano, and Greg Schiano, who was announced as Tampa Bay's head coach this week. Miami hired Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as its head coach as well.

Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator since Ken Whisenhunt was hired as Arizona's head coach in 2007. He called plays in two Super Bowls, winning one. Known as a quarterback-friendly coach, Arians led Pittsburgh's quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, to two Pro Bowls (2007 and 2011), and developed emerging WRs Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown into Pro Bowl level performers as well.



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Roethlisberger Ticked at the Way Arians Situation Was Handled

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In just reading the comments from Steelers franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger, it sounds like he’s not all that happy with the teams dismissal of his friend and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Roethlisberger wants answers, and says he will look for and try to talk to team president Art Rooney II when he returns to Pittsburgh. Big Ben is currently in Hawaii getting ready for the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

“When I get back I’m going to go up to Mr. Rooney’s office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from this offense, because I think that’s a viable question for him,” Roethlisberger said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Tribune-Review following a light Pro Bowl practice. “He’s our owner and our boss, so I really would like to know kind of what he wants and where he sees our offense going because I’d like to tell him where I see us going.”

Arians and Roethlisberger were good pals on and off the field. The QB took Arians and his wife to Hawaii as a thank you gift for helping him reach the next level and make the Pro Bowl.

Instead of a fun trip, it will be more of a ‘good-bye’ with the OC not coming back after he did not have his contract renewed. Roethlisberger says the offense was making big strides with the more pass happy style.

“We feel like we are really close to being an elite offense,” said Roethlisberger. “For your leader to be gone is kind of a shocker for us, but you’ve got to be ready for it, and whatever the Rooneys and coach (Mike) Tomlin decide is our next step. I think the (Steelers’) mind was made up, and B.A. was kind of ready to move on as well.”

The Steelers finished 12th in the NFL in total offense, averaging 372.3 yards per game this past season. They tied for 21st in scoring (20.3 points per game).

Rooney also said during an interview this week on the Steelers official site that the offense needs to have less sacks, and that Roethlisberger needs to “tweak” his game.

“From what I understood from that was, just not get hit to so much,” said Roethlisberger, who was sacked 40 times in 15 regular-season games in 2011. “I think some of that’s on me; some of that’s on linemen. It’s on everybody, so I’ll put it on me and try to make those adjustments.”

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What’s the Real Turth About Arians? Rooney Doesn’t Seem to Want to Say

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Seems like there’s been more controversy about OC Bruce Arians not coming back with the Steelers, you really don’t know who to believe anymore. The Steelers (more so Art Rooney II) clearly at this point appears to have taken it upon himself to make the decision to get rid of Arians, but doesn’t seem ready to admit it.

Today, Bob Labriola on Steelers.com did an interview with Rooney II, and asked him point blank about the Arians situation, and if he anything to do with Arians not coming back.

“Bruce talked about retiring for a number of years now,” Rooney said. “We are looking to improve on offense and to have somebody in place for a number of years. I think it was time for a change. We are looking forward to moving on.”

Ok, but did you make the decision to fire him? Clearly that answer doesn’t give the whole story.

Arians said he had no choice but to retire after the team did not offer him a contract to come back for next season. He’s already talking to other teams, meaning that he still wants to coach in the NFL.

Rooney seemed to not want to answer how the process of Arians not being around played out. He basically said in so many words that it doesn’t matter how Arians ended up not being the Steelers OC anymore.

“The question of how we got here is not really relevant,” Rooney said. “The key now is that Mike (Tomlin) has begun the search for our next offensive coordinator. We will go through the process and interview the right candidates.”

The Steelers offense finished 12th in total offense (372.3 yards per game) and 21st in points per game (20.3) last year.

I’m not a fan of Rooney II getting too involved with this team. His dad and Dan Rooney never did, and I don’t think it really needs to change now. If Rooney fired him, he fired him – just admit it and let’s move on.

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Rooney Addresses Arians

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers president Art Rooney II spoke briefly about the departure of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians Wednesday on the team’s official website.

While not directly answering why Bruce Arians was not offered a contract, Rooney said it was time to make a change and the organization is moving forward in its pursuit for a new offensive coordinator.

“I think the questions of how we got here are not really relevant,” Rooney said. “Mike has begun the search for our next offensive coordinator and he’ll do a good job finding the right person. We’ll go through the process and interview the right candidates. We’re looking to improve on offense and have sommebody possibly to be in place for a number of years.

“Bruce had talked about retirement for a few years now. I think it was time for a change, and we’re looking forward to moving on.”

Arians reportedly retired late last week and news surfaced this week in the York Daily Record that Arians retired because the team did not make him a contract offer.

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Fichtner boasts pedigree to succeed Arians as offensive coordinator with Steelers

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Randy Fichtner, the Steelers' quarterbacks coach, is a candidate to succeed Bruce Arians as the team's offensive coordinator.

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Arians says: ‘No choice but to leave’

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Several days after what the Steelers called his retirement, Bruce Arians said they gave him no choice but to leave the team as offensive coordinator because they did not offer him a contract renewal. Arians, speaking to his hometown York (Pa.) Daily Record, confirmed a Saturday story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his departure from the Steelers was not his choice.

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Tomlin Says Arians Retiring from Coaching

The Steelers will have a new offensive coordinator in 2012, as Mike Tomlin said today that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is retiring from coaching.

The 57-year-old Arians joined the Steelers as the wide receivers coach in 2004 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.

Tomlin announced the move in a statement Friday, lauding Arians for “helping lead our offense to new heights.”

Arians entered the NFL as a running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989 and served as Peyton Manning’s first quarterback coach. His NFL resume also includes stints with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

Leave your comments below with who you want the Steelers to hire as a new OC for the team moving forward.

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Arians’ departure not his choice, he tells York newspaper

Several days after what the Steelers called his retirement, Bruce Arians said they gave him no choice but to leave the team as offensive coordinator because they did not offer him a contract renewal.

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Former Steelers Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians Says Retirement Came After New Contract Wasn’t Offered

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Steelers former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians' retirement wasn't exactly seen as legitimate.

In his first comments since he parted ways with the Steelers last week, he suggested retirement was his decision, but only after the Steelers informed him he would not be receiving a contract offer.

Arians says all of this in an interview with Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record.

According to Bodani:

Arians put it this way: While he maintains he had considered retiring before, "when I wasn't offered a contract, it was an easy decision for me."

The Steelers simply did not want him to return for a sixth season running the offense.

And Rooney didn't give him a reason why.

"I can't answer that question. Only the people there can. That's the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don't have any regrets."

Certainly, readers and participants of this site could give Arians a few reasons why the Steelers may not want to bring him back. It seems strange Arians needs one, though. Art Rooney II made it clear after the 2009 season, he wanted the team to return to a stronger emphasis on the running game. In 2010, the Steelers moved up to 11th in the league in rushing yardage, from 19th in 2009. They finished 14th this season, and averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Struggles in the red zone accentuated more of the Steelers' problems on the offensive side of the ball. They averaged 20.3 yards per game, more than just one other playoff team - Denver, the team that beat them 29-23 in the playoffs.

Arians threw some compliments at head coach Mike Tomlin, so it seems Tomlin isn't one of the three people he's mentioning. Likely, he's referring to Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney, Steelers president Art Rooney II and general manager Kevin Colbert.

That probably also means Tomlin won't be "one of the three" selecting Arians' replacement. No word has been reported on who that candidate will be.

The interview went on to discuss Arians relationship with Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, whom Arians said was "upset" with the Steelers' decision to not bring Arians back.

Perhaps the most poignant statement Arians made is that he was contacted about "five or six" coaching jobs since he left the Steelers, but only one of them, apparently, was intriguing.

Maybe a team in the Lingerie League wanted a pass-first coach to direct a team to move the ball inside the 20s.



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Arians Speaks Out – Still Not Sure Why He’s Not Coming Back in 2012

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Finally after a few head scratching days, Bruce Arians is speaking out about exactly what happened between he and the Steelers that lead to him no longer being the offensive coordinator.

Sort of.

Whatever the case, it clearly doesn’t sound like Arians has “retired,” as it’s being reported he’s already looking to continue his coaching career, speaking to other teams.

Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record caught up with Arians, and he says Art Rooney II didn’t give the OC a reason why he wasn’t coming back to the team in 2012. “I can’t answer that question. Only the people there can. That’s the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets.”

So how is Arians’ good pal Ben Roethlisberger dealing with the change? Sounds like he’s not too happy, but he will deal with it and move on.

“He’s not happy, but that’s part of the business,” Arians said. “He is happy for me. He lives around the corner and we’ll still see each other a lot. The phone is always there when he needs me.”

Arians also seemed close to head coach Mike Tomlin.

“My door is always open to him. I respect him a ton,” Arians said. “I enjoyed our relationship and learned a lot. It was great watching him grow and working with him.”

“I can’t answer that question. Only the people there can. That’s the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets.”

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