Bruce Arians is thankful Steelers let him go

Andy Lyons

Steelers former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was not retained/retired/canned at the end of the 2011 season, only to be hired by Chuck Pagano as the Colts' offensive coordinator. He now says he's thankful it happened.

Indianapolis interim head coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is thankful for the Steelers' decision to let him go at the end of last season.

And with that, Steeler Nation is even more primed for a Baltimore losing streak that would force Pittsburgh into a position to host Indianapolis in a first or second round playoff game. The Colts and Steelers right now represent the fifth and sixth seeds, respectively, in the AFC playoff picture.

Arians' comments were recorded by ESPN's Jamison Hensley, although he didn't cite where the quote came from originally.

The simple response is the Steelers are thankful for making the decision, and are likely pleased that Arians is enjoying his time in Indianapolis. His comments are particularly biting now, though, as the Steelers' running game as died off in the last two games, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured - two main reasons why Arians was said to have been terminated was the lack of establishment of a consistent running game and Roethlisberger taking too many hits.

Throwing gasoline on the fire, it took Byron Leftwich all of one game before he broke two ribs, thrusting Charlie Batch into the starting lineup at Cleveland this weekend.

The Steelers are averaging 21.7 points a game, and the Colts are averaging 21 points a game, 19th and 21st in the NFL, respectively.


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