Found January 22, 2012 on Blitzburgh Blog:
Just a couple of days after Bruce Arians' retirement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned that Arians was told the team would not be renewing his contract and then decided to retire. Arians had told several members of the staff that he was planning on returning for 2012 and head coach Mike Tomlin wanted him to return as well. It seems, according to the P-G, that people higher up than Tomlin made the decision not to bring him back, like team president Art Rooney II:According to sources inside and outside the organization, Tomlin had told Arians on several occasions since the end of the season that he wanted him to return in 2012 -- once even telling him in front of other coaches. And Arians had told other people, including his assistants, he intended to return in 2012. But, earlier this week, after he returned to his offseason home in Greensboro, Ga., Arians was told his one-year contract would not be renewed -- a decision that appeared to come from someone higher than Tomli...

Report: Steelers made decision on OC Arians

The decision by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to retire may have been forced by the team. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that it was a team decision to not renew the contract of Arians, who announced his retirement this week. According to the report, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had told Arians repeatedly during the season that his contract would...

Bruce Arians was “Retired” Because Rooney is Stuck in the Past

Bruce Arians was forced to retire last week as his contract was not going to be renewed by the Steelers.  The decision came from above.  Art Rooney II did not want Arians on the staff and told Arians he would not be resigned with the team.  After yesterday’s report from ESPN it looks like Arians was “retired” for the wrong reasons. Rooney wants the team to go back to the...

If Blue-collar Identity Means Running More, I Am Not Buying It

The recent report by ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen suggest that Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II did not retain offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for 2012 because Rooney wants the team to shift the offense back toward its blue-collar identity of years past. Well, what exactly does he mean by blue-collar identity? That could mean several things, run more, work...

James Harrison Looking For Offseason Snow Plow Driver Work

The Pittsburgh Steelers offseason has already been a pretty busy one with Art Rooney II making his thoughts known on the 2011 season and the announcement Friday that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians would not be returning for the 2012 season. we have also had several players signed to future contracts as news filler in addition. Luckily linebacker James Harrison gave us something...

Bruce Arians Says He Was Not Offered Contract & No Reason Was Given As To Why

Finally a little more light is being shed on the Bruce Arians situation as Frank Bodani from the York Daily Record reports that Arians told him he wasn't offered a contract for 2012 and that made the decision to retire easy for him. Arians told Bodani that Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II didn't give him a reason why. Arians told Bodani, "I can't answer...

Ground & Pound or Air it out for Steelers in 2012?

The Steelers have been built over the last 3-4 years to be a pass first team. Like it or not it’s the reality, which is tough to swallow for many Steelers fans and apparently for Steelers President Art Rooney II too. The Rooney’s have always embraced the blue collar mentality of their football team but [...]

The Steelers were not going to renew Arians contract

We wrote an article about this very subject the day that the team officially announced that now former Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians was retiring. It all fits into place if you ask me, that the rumors of Steelers President Art Rooney II being the  the deciding factor in the decision to go a different direction [...]

Arians doesn’t know why Steelers let him go, says Ben is unhappy

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has confirmed that the “retirement” the team announced last week was actually a departure forced by the team. And he says Ben Roethlisberger is not pleased. Arians says Steelers owner Art Rooney II didn’t offer him a contract for the 2012 season and wouldn’t tell him why. “I can’t…
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