Truth & Rumors > NFL

Did Steelers president force Arians out?

Views
9562
Comments
27

08:32 AM ET 01.21 | Bruce Arians' tenure as Steelers offensive coordinator has come to a sudden if not strange end, with the team announcing his retirement in a one-paragraph statement that was as frosty as the final days of his sometimes stormy five-year career. Less than a week after Arians told people he intended to return for the 2012 season, the Steelers said Friday that he has decided to retire -- a bizarre turn of events that began with the team's decision to not renew his contract, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned. That decision appears to have come from team president Art Rooney II, even though coach Mike Tomlin told Arians several times since the playoff loss in Denver that he wanted him to return next season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bruce Arians, Icon SMI Bruce Arians, Icon SMI
January 21, 2012  08:35 AM ET

If he takes a job elsewhere, the retirement will look all the more bizarre.

January 21, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Art Rooney > Mike Tomlin. End of story.

January 21, 2012  09:01 AM ET

The Steelers needed to get rid of him, all those offensive weapons and ranked 21st offensively in the league, for gods sake the Jets were ranked 12th! A third grader could figure out the Steelers game plan, run, run, pass, punt. During the Broncos game, third and long with an empty backfield and a crippled QB, gee it looks like a pass, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to dial up a blitz and sack him. Good riddance Brucie-Boy!

January 21, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Social Security - Medicare Here I Come!!!

January 21, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Art Rooney > Mike Tomlin. End of story.

This...

The Steeler Way.

January 21, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This... The Steeler Way.

Anyone > Jerry Jones. End of story.

Ha ha.

January 21, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Anyone > Jerry Jones. End of story.Ha ha.

<grumbles incoherently and shuffles away...>

January 21, 2012  09:35 AM ET

It will be interesting to see who takes the position.

January 21, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It will be interesting to see who takes the position.

Any word who that might be?

Comment #10 has been removed
January 21, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Any word who that might be?

How about Tom Clements from GB? (Quarterbacks coach)

January 21, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dagweeed, I retired yesterday.........

Good for You, Congratulations!!!, I work Part Time!!!

January 21, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dagweeed, I retired yesterday.........

Nice...Very Nice.

January 21, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good for You, Congratulations!!!, I work Part Time!!!

Are you a Congressman?

January 21, 2012  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Are you a Congressman?

Actually, I'm running for President, I got nothing better to do!!!

January 21, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dagweeed, I retired yesterday.........

Nice! Congrats, Mick.

January 21, 2012  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dagweeed, I retired yesterday.........

Well done Mick

Comment #18 has been removed
January 21, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Arians was the designated scapegoat. Going 12-4 after that debacle of an opening week against the Ravens, and with all the injuries they've had to deal with, should be good enough for just about any coach to keep his job. And don't tell me it was all about the defense, because it wasn't.

 
Comment #20 has been removed

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Bryant headed back to Germany
    Views
    3746
    Comments
    928
  2. 2
    Shakeup looms for White Sox
    Views
    5503
    Comments
    336
  3. 3
    Lightning may be swept aside
    Views
    1165
    Comments
    95
  4. 4
    Leonsis leaves coach, GM twisting
    Views
    1677
    Comments
    80
  5. 5
    Manning eager to get started all over again
    Views
    7059
    Comments
    75

SI.com

SI Photos