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Arians out as Steelers OC

January 20, 2012
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Arians out as Steelers OC

It’s a Great Day in Pittsburgh as Bruce Arians Officially Retires

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is retiring from coaching and a great day it is in the Burgh.

“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,” head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement released by the team. “I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”

Pittsburgh’s offense this season ranked 12th in yards per game (372.3), but was tied for 21st in points (325).

Arians became the offensive coordinator when Ken Whisenhunt departed for Arizona’s head coaching job. He was the Steelers’ wide receivers coach for three years (2004-06) prior to his promotion.

The 59-year-old served as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator from 2001-03 before joining the Steelers. He also had been an assistant with Indianapolis, New Orleans and Kansas City, and for several college teams. His lone experience as a head coach was at Temple University from 1983-88.

The question now becomes who will take his place. Will the Steelers hire from with in the organization by promoting QB coach Randy Fichtner or go to an outsider such as previous position coaches from days gone by in Mark Whipple or Tom Clements or will they go outside the building and go do something bold and go after a Todd Haley type.

As son of Dick Haley, former Director of Player Personnel for the Steelers, Todd Haley has been a name associated with the potential coordinator opening.

Haley is remembered by Steelers fans as the coordinator who had a great offense in Arizona with Kurt Warner at quarterback. In Super Bowl 43, the Cardinals gave the Steelers top-rated defense all they could handle.

However, it is hard to look past Haley’s personality, specifically how his strong personality would mesh with Roethlisberger. Somehow, I don’t believe it would be a great match.

There is no doubting that Haley has a good offensive mind, but he has yet to land a job since being fired from Kansas City. After his lack of success with the Chiefs, is it worth taking a risk on a coach like Haley?

Probably not, but his name is being thrown out there.

Your Thoughts?

Which candidate do you like and why?

What other names would you like to consider?

What do you want the potentially new coordinator to bring to the Steelers offense?

Who will have the biggest influence on the new hire: Art Rooney, Mike Tomlin or Ben Roethlisberger?

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