In his Tuesday "State of the Steelers" address, Steeler President Art Rooney II is reported to have said that: "...a few coaches are considering retirement", but he wouldn't name them.
There aren't many coaches on the Steelers who are near retirement age, and Coach LeBeau has already stated he wants to return. This then, raises the possibility that Arians might be one of the "few", despite reports that he will return. There have been multitudes of posts and comments criticizing Arians, and either calling for his replacement, or his head, or both.
So that begs the question, if not Arians, then who best to direct the Steelers offense, and why?
However, before you hit the send button on your response, please see a few salient points of information about this issue, some from steelers.com, after the jump...
Bruce Arians has been the Offensive Coordinator for the Steelers for five years, following a three year stint as the wide receivers coach. He has 17 years of experience in the NFL, including three years as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2001-2003) and three years as quarterback coach for the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2000) where he worked with (then) rookie quarterback Peyton Manning.
Since Arians' ascent to the Offensive Coordinator position in 2007, the Steelers have been to two Super Bowls, winning one.
In 2009, the Arian's directed offense became the first Steeler offensive unit to have a 4,000 yard passer, two 1,000 yard receivers and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same season.
Arians has been instrumental in the drafting of the group of wide receivers known as "Young Money" currently on the Steelers roster, as well as in their ongoing development into a potent force to be reckoned with.
Arians and Ben Roethlisberger have a strong relationship, with little apparent disagreement over the type and style of offense the Steelers should employ.
Thus, there are key factors on the side of keeping Arians that should be factored into your consideration, in addition to the obvious statistics pertaining to the Steelers' offensive rankings during his tenure that can be used against him.
One Request: This poast is not meant to be a "bitchin board" for complaints about Bruce Arians; there have been hundreds of such comments already. This poast is meant to encourage an informative dialogue over who would be the best candidate to direct the Steelers offense, and why. So please, no SHOUTING, name calling or derogatory comments about the subject of this poast, or other people's opinions.
Thus, the question: If not Bruce Arians, then Who, and Why?
P.S. - Shout out to jmiller71 for pulling current list of NFL Offensive Coordinators off of a blacked-out Wiki:
|offensive coordinators of the National Football League|
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