Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 11/13/14

Coach Tomlin has come out repeatedly and made known he likes continuity in his unit.  That got shook up last week when the Steelers did not renew the contract of Bruce Arians.  Art Rooney II was ready for a change and made the decision.  Even after Tomlin came out and said he wanted Arians back in 2012.  Tomlin lost the first round of this fight.  Who will win Round 2?

Rooney is the big boss and he was ready for a change.  He wants the more “blue collar” type of offense that the Steelers used to have.  He has been calling for it for years.  It is starting to come to a head with the removal of Arians.  Even though it was an unpopular decision with his coach and his quarterback.

To do this Rooney is most likely going to have to look outside the organization to find his candidate.  There are blue collar run the ball guys out in the league ready to go.  If he wants to go that old school he could bring in Tom Cable who is the offensive line coach right now for Seattle.  Todd Haley runs the ball in his offense more consistently then Arians did even though he still runs a passing offense.  He could even grab Hue Jackson who ran Darren McFadden ragged until his injury this year.  He could have his pick of available guys right now.

This would go against what Tomlin wants though.  Tomlin wants to keep things in house.  He wanted to keep Arians and if Arians had to leave he still wants to keep the same system.  The Steelers offense was 12th in the league this year.  They were actually in the top half of the league in rushing at 14th.  They were 22nd in scoring but they did move and control the ball.

Tomlin likes this as it has given him a good record since he started.  He has almost a winning percentage of 69.  He is 55-25 overall.  He has gotten to 2 Super Bowls with this offense and has won 12 games three of his 5 years with this offense.  That makes him comfortable.  He knows that this scheme can get him wins.  Why would he want to change that?  It is understandable.

To not change the system Tomlin is trying to hire from within the team.  He has Randy Fichtner as the lead candidate right now.  Offensive Line Coach Sean Kugler has also been added to the list of candidates.  Tomlin wants the continuity that this team has.  These guys know this offense and would only have to tweak the situational play calling and be better in the red zone and this team could soar.  Tomlin sees that.

I just want the best candidate for the job.  Whether it is inside the organization or out.  If I was Rooney though I think I would back off a bit.  Let Tomlin pick the coach.  You have already gone against his wishes once by letting go Arians.  You may not want to override him again.  He has been to 2 Super Bowls and if you do not want him to walk you may want to let him do his job.  That is just me though.

So the big question is who wins this staring contest?  The Coach or the Boss?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.