Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 1/25/12

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?

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