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mesaSteeler
01-25-2012, 06:15 AM
How to find a new Bruce Arians
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oddly enough, the Rooneys have not solicited my suggestions on whom to talk with about replacing offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, likely because I was not in total agreement with his sudden "retirement."

This won't be the first time I wasn't consulted on urgent policy matters, nor is it unprecedented for my opinions on a range of football issues to be pointedly ignored. By random example, I've made it clear to various Rooneys throughout the years that I'd prefer the Steelers have cheerleaders, but they apparently feel I'd be better off spending the timeouts asking God's forgiveness for even the thought of objectifying young women, and/or praying to Saint Vincent, the patron saint of ball security.

Fair enough.

But, today, I fear they seriously are overcomplicating the offensive coordinator search, particularly in a city where there is an offensive coordinator every 30 feet. In fact, when they announce the attendance at Heinz Field, I think they now say, "Today's attendance, 63,881 offensive coordinators."

On a daily two-mile walk with my belligerent Airedale, I typically meet two to four offensive coordinators, which is how I know Jim Kreiger. Jim's standards for modern offensive football are so high that he calls talk shows to criticize Tom Brady.

"Hines Ward, you have to get rid of him," Jim said Tuesday. "I mean he was great. I loved watching him. A great Steeler. Great for the city, all that, but it's time to go. I'd also consider getting rid of Charlie Batch. He's gettin' up there. Now this one, people will say I'm nuts, but I'd think about trading Ben [Roethlisberger]. He's 29, and I think he's just average, maybe a little better than average. I think you could get something for him."

This is what I like about Jim. I was talking to him about the offensive coordinator's job, but he jumped right to vice president of pro personnel. Jim, what about the play-calling?

"Too predictable," he said. "It's very obvious to me it's always run the ball, run the ball, throw the ball. They should mix it up a little. Other teams don't seem to do that."

This is about where it occurred to me that, if the Steelers were overcomplicating the search, perhaps I was guilty of oversimplifying it, and that just walking around the neighborhood did not necessarily meet the professional standard of due diligence.

So I went to Giant Eagle.

I knew there would be at least one strong candidate at the Camp Horne Road store, because that's where I saw the guy with the leather-sleeved 5 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS jacket that time, but this was after Super Bowl XLIII, so he had ripped off a three-inch square of duct tape, covered the big '5' on the back with it, and wrote '6' right on the duct tape.

That's the kind of attention to detail you need in an offensive coordinator.

I didn't find that guy, but, in the parking lot, I talked with Raymond Connolly, who gave a good presentation and had some football experience on his resume. High school, yeah, but around here, that's closer to pro than a lot of places.

"Anybody but [Arians]," Raymond said. "We've got to run the ball more. Get a fullback. Get back to basics. Quit giving Ben his way all the time. I've been watching for a long time. We've got to get back to some ball control. All that talent and no points."

That's not exactly what Art Rooney II said last week, but it's not exactly not, either.

Eerie.

As the Steelers' search progresses, you might notice that only men are being considered. My own preliminary interviews were under no such arbitrary restriction.

"I like the way the offense has been going; I like the play-action and I like the passing, but I'd mix it up more," Jeanne told me from behind the lottery tickets at the gas station. "I think the mentality of this team and these fans is that we expect to win, but you can't run the same old thing all the time. You have to mix it up when your progressions aren't working."

Progressions tended to break down for Arians, according to my candidates, specifically in the red zone.

"My motto would be," Jane Ubb told me at the Northland Public Library, "red zone equals end zone. If you get it to the red zone, you have to put in the end zone."

Forgot to ask her how soon she could start.

But, in the interest of thoroughness, and so no one might accuse me of failing to conduct a nationwide search, I interviewed Billy Gardell, the Pittsburgh native now the co-star of the CBS sitcom "Mike and Molly."

I started by mentioning that the person who succeeded Arians would need skin thicker than a pachyderm.

"My skin's been that thick since I was 9," said Gardell via cell as he was pulled into work in Los Angeles. "Look, we've been going to the pass too quick. The first thing I'd do is start that [John] Clay at running back and pound him at them in the first quarter, like we used to do with [Jerome] Bettis. That will set up Ben's play-action and sets up our quick receivers because the safeties will have to come up.

"When we get the lead, I'd run it up like it was a college team and then I'd bring back the big back. Then, we don't have to spend the last six minutes wondering if we're gonna get the ball back in time to score."

Sounds like five strong candidates to me. I assume any of 'em will work nights and weekends. No need to thank me.

Gene Collier: gcollier@post-gazette.com. More articles by this author

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12025/1205733-150-0.stm#ixzz1kTIEJOhC

Too bad we can't find a new beat writer for the Steelers. - mesa)

MDSteel15
01-25-2012, 07:19 AM
I don't know about you all but I don't want a new Bruce Arians! I want somebody that knows how to get the ball in the end zone!!! :noidea:

Rockonsteel
01-25-2012, 07:28 AM
How to find a new Bruce Arians
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oddly enough, the Rooneys have not solicited my suggestions on whom to talk with about replacing offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, likely because I was not in total agreement with his sudden "retirement."

This won't be the first time I wasn't consulted on urgent policy matters, nor is it unprecedented for my opinions on a range of football issues to be pointedly ignored. By random example, I've made it clear to various Rooneys throughout the years that I'd prefer the Steelers have cheerleaders, but they apparently feel I'd be better off spending the timeouts asking God's forgiveness for even the thought of objectifying young women, and/or praying to Saint Vincent, the patron saint of ball security.

Fair enough.

But, today, I fear they seriously are overcomplicating the offensive coordinator search, particularly in a city where there is an offensive coordinator every 30 feet. In fact, when they announce the attendance at Heinz Field, I think they now say, "Today's attendance, 63,881 offensive coordinators."

On a daily two-mile walk with my belligerent Airedale, I typically meet two to four offensive coordinators, which is how I know Jim Kreiger. Jim's standards for modern offensive football are so high that he calls talk shows to criticize Tom Brady.

"Hines Ward, you have to get rid of him," Jim said Tuesday. "I mean he was great. I loved watching him. A great Steeler. Great for the city, all that, but it's time to go. I'd also consider getting rid of Charlie Batch. He's gettin' up there. Now this one, people will say I'm nuts, but I'd think about trading Ben [Roethlisberger]. He's 29, and I think he's just average, maybe a little better than average. I think you could get something for him."

This is what I like about Jim. I was talking to him about the offensive coordinator's job, but he jumped right to vice president of pro personnel. Jim, what about the play-calling?

"Too predictable," he said. "It's very obvious to me it's always run the ball, run the ball, throw the ball. They should mix it up a little. Other teams don't seem to do that."

This is about where it occurred to me that, if the Steelers were overcomplicating the search, perhaps I was guilty of oversimplifying it, and that just walking around the neighborhood did not necessarily meet the professional standard of due diligence.

So I went to Giant Eagle.

I knew there would be at least one strong candidate at the Camp Horne Road store, because that's where I saw the guy with the leather-sleeved 5 TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS jacket that time, but this was after Super Bowl XLIII, so he had ripped off a three-inch square of duct tape, covered the big '5' on the back with it, and wrote '6' right on the duct tape.

That's the kind of attention to detail you need in an offensive coordinator.

I didn't find that guy, but, in the parking lot, I talked with Raymond Connolly, who gave a good presentation and had some football experience on his resume. High school, yeah, but around here, that's closer to pro than a lot of places.

"Anybody but [Arians]," Raymond said. "We've got to run the ball more. Get a fullback. Get back to basics. Quit giving Ben his way all the time. I've been watching for a long time. We've got to get back to some ball control. All that talent and no points."

That's not exactly what Art Rooney II said last week, but it's not exactly not, either.

Eerie.

As the Steelers' search progresses, you might notice that only men are being considered. My own preliminary interviews were under no such arbitrary restriction.

"I like the way the offense has been going; I like the play-action and I like the passing, but I'd mix it up more," Jeanne told me from behind the lottery tickets at the gas station. "I think the mentality of this team and these fans is that we expect to win, but you can't run the same old thing all the time. You have to mix it up when your progressions aren't working."

Progressions tended to break down for Arians, according to my candidates, specifically in the red zone.

"My motto would be," Jane Ubb told me at the Northland Public Library, "red zone equals end zone. If you get it to the red zone, you have to put in the end zone."

Forgot to ask her how soon she could start.

But, in the interest of thoroughness, and so no one might accuse me of failing to conduct a nationwide search, I interviewed Billy Gardell, the Pittsburgh native now the co-star of the CBS sitcom "Mike and Molly."

I started by mentioning that the person who succeeded Arians would need skin thicker than a pachyderm.

"My skin's been that thick since I was 9," said Gardell via cell as he was pulled into work in Los Angeles. "Look, we've been going to the pass too quick. The first thing I'd do is start that [John] Clay at running back and pound him at them in the first quarter, like we used to do with [Jerome] Bettis. That will set up Ben's play-action and sets up our quick receivers because the safeties will have to come up.

"When we get the lead, I'd run it up like it was a college team and then I'd bring back the big back. Then, we don't have to spend the last six minutes wondering if we're gonna get the ball back in time to score."

Sounds like five strong candidates to me. I assume any of 'em will work nights and weekends. No need to thank me.

Gene Collier: gcollier@post-gazette.com. More articles by this author

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12025/1205733-150-0.stm#ixzz1kTIEJOhC

Too bad we can't find a new beat writer for the Steelers. - mesa)

It's funny how this guy is taking a jab at all of the fans that wanted Arians gone. Bottom line is, one doesn't have to be an offensive coordintaor, or even have the qualifications to be one, to be able to look around the league, and by comparison, determine that a guy is performing as well as, better than or not as well as other people performing the same job. And if one has had any kind of formal football experience playing or coaching at a level higher than Pop Warner, one might actually even have a clue about what they're watching strategically and technically. Imagine that. BA's offenses underperfomed for 5 yrs., yet people want to act like fans are being unreasonable for wanting, no expecting better.

And just for the sake of argument, of those 63,881 "offensvie coordinators" in the stands, I bet there's a handful that could do as good as, or better job than Arians.


Rockon

Atlanta Dan
01-25-2012, 07:29 AM
Typical snide observations that any fans who wanted Arians gone are ignorant

I guess Gene Collier, along with Ron Cook, is mourning the loss of a source who spoke with the local media

If only Art Rooney knew as much about the operations of the Steelers as Ron Cook and Gene Collier

Rockonsteel
01-25-2012, 07:38 AM
Typical snide observations that any fans who wanted Arians gone are ignorant

I guess Gene Collier, along with Ron Cook, is mourning the loss of a source who spoke with the local media

If only Art Rooney knew as much about the operations of the Steelers as Ron Cook and Gene Collier

Sad, but so true! I can see those two in some dark, hole in the wall bar, getting shitfaced off of cheap scotch drowning in their sorrows.

Funny thing is, these guys had such smug attitudes towards fans when it looked like Arians might return for another season. Now they both act like they don't really enjoy the taste of crow.

Rockon

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 09:57 AM
I don't know about you all but I don't want a new Bruce Arians! I want somebody that knows how to get the ball in the end zone!!! :noidea:

Yeah, we don't need another loser who could only manage five straight winning seasons, a measly .688 winning percentage and go to the Super Bowl twice and win only one of them.


Man, what a nightmare THAT was!


(Sorry, I couldn't resist) :deadhorse:

Christian Snyder
01-25-2012, 10:02 AM
I really don't know where I stand on this move. On one hand we did struggle in the red-zone and on the other we've been to and won 1 SB under him.

Rockonsteel
01-25-2012, 10:05 AM
Yeah, we don't need another loser who could only manage five straight winning seasons, a measly .688 winning percentage and go to the Super Bowl twice and win only one of them.


Man, what a nightmare THAT was!


(Sorry, I couldn't resist) :deadhorse:

My bad. Are we talking about Tomlin? I thought we were talking about Arians here. Everything you just cited, are all for the Head Coaches resume'.

BAs' resume' reads more like:

7th in ppg.
20th in ppg.
12th in ppg.
12th in ppg.
22nd in ppg.

That doesn't read like it's a resume' of someone who should be getting credit for the overall team success. Unless you're saying that BA was the defacto HC.

Rockon

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 10:12 AM
My bad. Are we talking about Tomlin? I thought we were talking about Arians here. Everything you just cited, are all for the Head Coaches resume'.

BAs' resume' reads more like:

7th in ppg.
20th in ppg.
12th in ppg.
12th in ppg.
22nd in ppg.




And yet, despite all of that, we STILL had five straight winning seasons, we STILL had a .688 winning percentage and we STILL went to the Super Bowl twice and won one of them. :applaudit:


Did that not happen? :noidea:

Rockonsteel
01-25-2012, 10:24 AM
And yet, despite all of that, we STILL had five straight winning seasons, we STILL had a .688 winning percentage and we STILL went to the Super Bowl twice and won one of them. :applaudit:


Did that not happen? :noidea:

Of course it did. And you worded it perfectly. The Steelers have been successful despite BA's ineptitude. As in, in spite of. I'm not sure if you watched any of those games, but the offense struggled mightily in a large percentage of thoes games. The offense was putrid in '08 and the rode the defense to the SB. Yeah, the offense drove down the field for the game winning TD. But, they managed to score only 16 pts. on offense to that point against a team that gave up a ton of points in the NFC playoffs. Arians is lucky to have been part of a team with a good enough defense to mask his ineptitude. But, PLEASE stop giving credit for the Steelers success to Bruce Arians. The Steelers won a SB before BA was OC, or do we conveniently forget that? Why do people think they can't win one without him?

Rockon

Fire Arians
01-25-2012, 10:49 AM
And yet, despite all of that, we STILL had five straight winning seasons, we STILL had a .688 winning percentage and we STILL went to the Super Bowl twice and won one of them. :applaudit:


Did that not happen? :noidea:

trent dilfer is also a super bowl winning qb, would you ever want him on your team?

MasterOfPuppets
01-25-2012, 11:13 AM
Yeah, we don't need another loser who could only manage five straight winning seasons, a measly .688 winning percentage and go to the Super Bowl twice and win only one of them.


Man, what a nightmare THAT was!


(Sorry, I couldn't resist) :deadhorse:
and the defensive coordinator of the 31 st ranked pats went 13-3 and is going to the superbowl .. maybe the steelers will fire lebeau and hire him ...:thumbsup:

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 11:42 AM
Of course it did. And you worded it perfectly. The Steelers have been successful despite BA's ineptitude. As in, in spite of. I'm not sure if you watched any of those games, but the offense struggled mightily in a large percentage of thoes games. The offense was putrid in '08 and the rode the defense to the SB. Yeah, the offense drove down the field for the game winning TD. But, they managed to score only 16 pts. on offense to that point against a team that gave up a ton of points in the NFC playoffs. Arians is lucky to have been part of a team with a good enough defense to mask his ineptitude. But, PLEASE stop giving credit for the Steelers success to Bruce Arians. The Steelers won a SB before BA was OC, or do we conveniently forget that? Why do people think they can't win one without him?

Rockon

I never said we couldn't win a SB without BA.

I like that BA went more towards a passing game, but even I will admit that he went too far with it and wasn't able to make it into whatever he thought it could be. But by the same token I think he WAS on the right track.

But all that aside, the thing I can't figure out is the abject hatred that so many here have for Arians. I mean, the way people talk around here it would seem as if Arians was in charge of an offense that went absolutely nowhere and never produced a winning season or even a touchdown.

Maybe he could have done better, but it also could have been a lot worse.
And it certainly wasn't so bad as to justify the venom that's being leveled at him as if he molested your children or ran over your dogs.

I can understand someone saying that he was not right for this team or that his ideas weren't really working out and we can do better. But the contempt and hostility is what I don't get - especially when I consider the relative success we've had with him here.

I don't think I could ever hate anyone as much as many of you seem to hate this man - especially a man that no one actually knows.

I mean, maybe he's a bad coach but does that justify all of the viciousness?

BKAnthem
01-25-2012, 11:55 AM
I never said we couldn't win a SB without BA.

I like that BA went more towards a passing game, but even I will admit that he went too far with it and wasn't able to make it into whatever he thought it could be. But by the same token I think he WAS on the right track.

But all that aside, the thing I can't figure out is the abject hatred that so many here have for Arians. I mean, the way people talk around here it would seem as if Arians was in charge of an offense that went absolutely nowhere and never produced a winning season or even a touchdown.

Maybe he could have done better, but it also could have been a lot worse.
And it certainly wasn't so bad as to justify the venom that's being leveled at him as if he molested your children or ran over your dogs.

I can understand someone saying that he was not right for this team or that his ideas weren't really working out and we can do better. But the contempt and hostility is what I don't get - especially when I consider the relative success we've had with him here.

I don't think I could ever hate anyone as much as many of you seem to hate this man - especially a man that no one actually knows.

I mean, maybe he's a bad coach but does that justify all of the viciousness?

I don't think the hate is for Bruce Arians the person on this board...it's more for Bruce Arians, the unimaginative, stubborn OC...

Fire Arians
01-25-2012, 12:03 PM
I don't think the hate is for Bruce Arians the person on this board...it's more for Bruce Arians, the unimaginative, stubborn OC...

yep

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 12:11 PM
I don't think the hate is for Bruce Arians the person on this board...it's more for Bruce Arians, the unimaginative, stubborn OC...


If you say so... :noidea:

Kanata-Steeler
01-25-2012, 01:00 PM
The point is, needles to say, is that Bruce the Goose was very "quickly" retired / retarded, if we know what we mean (hint, hint, nod, nod, ...), and obviously so, 'cause we ain't got no OC yet, now do we ?
We will be ok, It's gawd-awful right that Arians' is gone.
But now, it's a matter of TOMLIN showing his real "cahoonas", by getting a good OC for the Steelers'.
...that's all that matters right now.

StainlessStill
01-25-2012, 01:09 PM
Yeah, we don't need another loser who could only manage five straight winning seasons, a measly .688 winning percentage and go to the Super Bowl twice and win only one of them.


Man, what a nightmare THAT was!


(Sorry, I couldn't resist) :deadhorse:

Haha, right. Now, here's something to really mind-f*ck you! Over the years, it's said that Ben Roethlisberger is AT HIS BEST at extending plays. We've seen it since 2004. Now, with that in mind, that 2 time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, who's been to the Super Bowl 3 times, plays his best on the move. TRANSLATION: Ben's at his best when the play BREAKS DOWN. After the play breaks down, that's all on Ben and the wideouts improvising, which means Arians's offensive scheme is basically SHIT at that point.

So, putting two and two together, you have a QB who plays best when the play breaks down, so in reality, the majority of our "winning two Super Bowl's under Arians" came within the confinements of broken plays and Ben running for his life so how much DID Arians have to do with our offensive success?

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 01:52 PM
Haha, right. Now, here's something to really mind-f*ck you! Over the years, it's said that Ben Roethlisberger is AT HIS BEST at extending plays. We've seen it since 2004. Now, with that in mind, that 2 time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, who's been to the Super Bowl 3 times, plays his best on the move. TRANSLATION: Ben's at his best when the play BREAKS DOWN. After the play breaks down, that's all on Ben and the wideouts improvising, which means Arians's offensive scheme is basically SHIT at that point.

So, putting two and two together, you have a QB who plays best when the play breaks down, so in reality, the majority of our "winning two Super Bowl's under Arians" came within the confinements of broken plays and Ben running for his life so how much DID Arians have to do with our offensive success?

That's been my point all along!!!

Everyone wants Arians out but if Ben is allowed to play to his strength (running around, extending the play), then there really isn't ANYONE who could game plan with him. The best offensive architect in the universe could draw up the finest plays ever put to a whiteboard but none of that matters once Ben starts moving around.

So the best anyone could hope for would be to point him in a particular direction and see what happens. "OK Ben, let's try Red Right Slot 50 'X' and once you start running around you can figure out the rest"

How can anyone "plan" that way?

The only way to change any of that is to change Ben and good luck with that!

StainlessStill
01-25-2012, 02:09 PM
That's been my point all along!!!

Everyone wants Arians out but if Ben is allowed to play to his strength (running around, extending the play), then there really isn't ANYONE who could game plan with him. The best offensive architect in the universe could draw up the finest plays ever put to a whiteboard but none of that matters once Ben starts moving around.

So the best anyone could hope for would be to point him in a particular direction and see what happens. "OK Ben, let's try Red Right Slot 50 'X' and once you start running around you can figure out the rest"

How can anyone "plan" that way?

The only way to change any of that is to change Ben and good luck with that!

The Rooney's understand what needs to be changed. I'm sure Ben is at the point to where he understand he HAS to limit the sacks and a good offensive coordinator can bring consistency to this problem. After the Titans game, Ben PUBLICLY came out and said how refreshing it was to have outlets for him to work within' the pocket.

We saw the same thing against New England, a dominating offensive performance (for the most part) only to never see it return for the rest of the season with the quick outlets and hot-reads to help with our offensive weapons.

Behind an ILL offensive line, Arians REFUSED to implement the type of game plan to help his QB. In San Francisco, we saw more of the same shit that ultimately HURT our chances of what kind of state we were in. We saw WR's running 15-20 yards down field with a hobbled QB and even a WORSE offensive line. We need an offensive coordinator in here that can make the necessary adjustments and put our best players (Ben) in a chance to win. Mike Wallace's stats sunk dramatically because BONEHEAD still had him running streaks when it was OBVIOUS Ben couldn't push the ball downfield and missed him on EVERY occasion since his ankle injury.

Ben is at the point to where he is willing to implement the no-huddle (even Arians held him back from that most of the time as well) and he runs for his life for a reason & that's Arians's bonehead offensive scheme that TAKES TIME to develop. Unfortunately, he didn't know his personal up front to adjust on the fly, because it finally got him FIRED.

On a side note, I started hating on Arians (at times, I liked what he has done this season) when asked about the injury's to Sam Shields & Charles Woodson in the Super Bowl when he said "We don't attack players. We attack scheme." I about shit. That was the beginning of the end for me with that idiotic way of thinking in football.

tony hipchest
01-25-2012, 02:21 PM
when asked about the injury's to Sam Shields & Charles Woodson in the Super Bowl when he said "We don't attack players. We attack scheme." I about shit. That was the beginning of the end for me with that idiotic way of thinking in football.


:yep: he lost me when he admitted they dont even bother practicing vs a 4-3 defense and when players admitted they dont really bother running drills in practice. no wonder rb's were getting stuffed at the LOS.

Rockonsteel
01-25-2012, 02:50 PM
That's been my point all along!!!

Everyone wants Arians out but if Ben is allowed to play to his strength (running around, extending the play), then there really isn't ANYONE who could game plan with him. The best offensive architect in the universe could draw up the finest plays ever put to a whiteboard but none of that matters once Ben starts moving around.

So the best anyone could hope for would be to point him in a particular direction and see what happens. "OK Ben, let's try Red Right Slot 50 'X' and once you start running around you can figure out the rest"

How can anyone "plan" that way?

The only way to change any of that is to change Ben and good luck with that!

Ummm, if your QB is at his best on the move, then wouldn't you as an OC design plays to, I don't know......GET YOUR QB ON THE MOVE?

How about putting in some designed rollouts?

How about some designed bootlegs?

How about some designed waggle passes?

How about designing a play or two where the pocket moves with the QB so, he's not a sitting duck for angry defensive line types?

There are just some of the thing a smart and creative OC would do. None of which BA did. And that's not even talking about RB screens, swing passes, more slants and shallow crossing routes, or TE quick hitters in the seam. There's so much that can be done in this offense that Arians simply missed the boat on.

It's way too easy to say Ben likes to extend the play, so you can't have a structured offense. It's simply a matter of structuring the offense to best accentuate the things your QB does best.


Rockon

FanSince72
01-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Ummm, if your QB is at his best on the move, then wouldn't you as an OC design plays to, I don't know......GET YOUR QB ON THE MOVE?

How about putting in some designed rollouts?

How about some designed bootlegs?

How about some designed waggle passes?

How about designing a play or two where the pocket moves with the QB so, he's not a sitting duck for angry defensive line types?

There are just some of the thing a smart and creative OC would do. None of which BA did. And that's not even talking about RB screens, swing passes, more slants and shallow crossing routes, or TE quick hitters in the seam. There's so much that can be done in this offense that Arians simply missed the boat on.

It's way too easy to say Ben likes to extend the play, so you can't have a structured offense. It's simply a matter of structuring the offense to best accentuate the things your QB does best.


Rockon

I didn't say we couldn't have a structured offense.

What I've been saying is that Arians (for or better or worse) has been trying to build an offense that allows Ben the freedom he likes to have. Admittedly, I think he went too far in that regard and was a little too lax in allowing Ben to roam around as he wished. But I DO think Arians was on the right track and it's hard to design a system around spontaneity and maybe he was foolish in trying, but he recognized the value in keeping that improvisation in the game.

I think it's possible to find a balance and the only thing I hope for is that the Rooney's, in their desire to go back to the "blue collar" image, don't discount the uniqueness of Ben's style and end up going in the opposite direction and turn Ben into a game-manager because I think that would be a huge mistake.