Arians says he was forced to retire
January 24th, 2012
The Steelers called it a retirement, but Bruce Arians has a little different take on it.
Arians told his hometown newspaper — York Daily Record — that he had little choice whether he was going to return for a sixth year as Steelers’ offensive coordinator.
“When I wasn’t offered a contract, it was an easy decision for me,” Arians said.
Arians helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII and play in another before he was let go on Friday in what the organization labeled as a retirement.
According to Arians, that wasn’t the case, and owner Art Rooney didn’t give him a reason why.
“I can’t answer that question,” Arians said. “Only the people there can. That’s the
business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets.”
Arians help lead the Steelers to back-to-back 12-4 seasons, and helped Ben Roethlisberger progress into one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
Arians said that Roethlisberger wasn’t happy with the decision.
“He’s not happy, but that’s part of the business,” Arians said. “He is happy for me. He lives around the corner and we’ll still see each other a lot. The phone is always there when he needs me.”
Roethlisberger and Arians live near one another in Georgia, and actually went to bat for Arians two years ago when his job was in jeopardy again.
Arians said that he has been contacted by “five or six” teams since Friday, but wouldn’t go into specifics.
Arians touched on other topics as well.
On Mike Tomlin: “My door is always open to him. I respect him a ton. I enjoyed our relationship and learned a lot. It was great watching him grow and working with him.”
On what he will miss the most: “The daily interaction with the guys is fantastic. It keeps you young, and it’s fun. That part I will miss. It’s a great group of young players in Pittsburgh that was fun to coach and will be really good, and I’m looking forward to watching them. The thrill of the games is always something you will miss . . . I will miss the camaraderie in the locker room.”
– Mark Kaboly
(Poor little Brucie, are your little feelings hurt? The Steelers tried to save face for you and be professional but you had go ahead and open you mouth. Fool! I don't hvae any sympathy for this clown. Airhead didn't do what the owner wanted and so deserves to be fired.
Why would Tomlin want to talk to you? Seems that Airhead thought he was running the team. If Tomlin ever needs to talk to Airhead then we have the wrong head coach. Brucie was "contacted" by five or six teams? I suppose they need someone to clean the toilets in the locker room.
What does concern me is that it's pretty obvious that Airhead will try poison drama queen Ben against the new OC. Given Ben's track record for stupid off the field moves and the way he has been coddled he is probably dumb enough to listen. This is why Tomlin should have fired Airhead after the Cleveland game a few years ago but it looks like Mike didn't have the stones for it.
Benjie will just have to get used to the new order. He and the Airhead do not run the team. If Benjie really throws a tantrum I suppose we can always trade him for high draft picks and start over. After all, the Steelers were here before Bengie was born and will be here after he retires.
Then again if Airhead does cause trouble and Steelers let it be known then Airhead will never get another coaching job. The worst thing you can do is trash a previous employer though I have seen people do it in interviews. Of course since Airhead is not very bright so it may happen anyway.
Here is the full story from York Daily Record. - mesa
Arians says not being offered a Steelers contract made retirement decision easy
The William Penn graduate said he wouldn't rule out a return to coaching in the future.
By FRANK BODANI
Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 01/24/2012 01:13:31 AM EST
William Penn graduate Bruce Arians, right, says when the Pittsburgh Steelers and team president Art Rooney II failed to offer him a contract renewal last week, he made the decision to retire. Arians spent the past five seasons as the team's offensive coordinator. (Robin Rombach/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
York, PA - It's not that Bruce Arians doesn't like the idea of retirement.
But right now?
For now, call it only a possible retirement. Maybe a temporary one.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers and team president Art Rooney II failed to offer him a contract renewal last week, the William Penn graduate didn't have another option.
Certainly, he will make the best of things. Arians owns a home on a lake in Greensboro, Ga. He loves to play as much golf as he can. He wants to fish.
He is intrigued by helping underprivileged kids, kids without guidance or direction. His wife works as a court-appointed special advocate, and he'd like to get involved with that, too.
He also wants to live long enough to do something other than coach, the only career for the 59-year-old since he graduated from Virginia Tech. He beat prostate cancer two years ago, and that still shakes him up at times.
"I was not going to die on the football field," is what Arians said he promised himself.
"I compare things to Joe (Paterno). I mean, God bless him, but I also saw what happened to Coach (Bear) Bryant less than six weeks after he retired. I don't want to do that. I want to see what else there is."
But right now?
Arians put it this way: While he maintains he had considered retiring before, "when I wasn't offered a contract, it was an easy decision for me."
The Steelers simply did not want him to return for a sixth season running the offense.
And Rooney didn't give him a reason why.
"I can't answer that question. Only the people there can. That's the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don't have any regrets."
The Steelers were coming off back-to-back 12-4 regular seasons, and they reached last year's Super Bowl. Plus, the passing game thrived behind Ben Roethlisberger and the dynamic receiving duo of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown -- all three making the Pro Bowl.
Even the maligned running game posted an improved 4.4 yards-per-carry average last fall.
Roethlisberger, in particular, is very close to Arians. The two live near one another in Georgia. The quarterback has credited Arians for much of his success and publicly campaigned for him after the 2009 season when it appeared as if Arians' job was in jeopardy.
"He's not happy, but that's part of the business," Arians said. "He is happy for me. He lives around the corner and we'll still see each other a lot. The phone is always there when he needs me."
Arians also seemed close to head coach Mike Tomlin.
"My door is always open to him. I respect him a ton," Arians said. "I enjoyed our relationship and learned a lot. It was great watching him grow and working with him."
Arians said he will miss the relationships with the players and coaches because "the daily interaction with the guys is fantastic. It keeps you young, and it's fun. That part I will miss. It's a great group of young players in Pittsburgh that was fun to coach and will be really good, and I'm looking forward to watching them.
"The thrill of the games is always something you will miss . . . I will miss the camaraderie in the locker room."
Arians hasn't ruled out a return to coaching.
Consider that he still desired to become an NFL head coach, saying he applied for every open position last year but did not get an interview. Every time, someone younger prevailed, he said.
"But I'd put my record up against any of them."
He did admit to being contacted by "five or six" new coaching job possibilities since being let go by the Steelers, although only one was intriguing. He declined to get into specifics.
So, for now, his 37-year coaching career is on hold. Along the way was a head coaching stint at Temple, the opportunity to develop a young Peyton Manning in Indianapolis and chances to coordinate offenses in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Although he would like to stay in the NFL, "I would say if the right hot young (college) coach needed someone like I did at Temple . . .
"I was 30 and I hired Paul Davis, and after a loss I would close the door and rant and rave and tear things up and he'd say, 'So, you wanted to be a head coach, huh?'"
For now, Arians said he will collect his NFL retirement money and golf and fish and maybe work with kids.
And probably sit around and watch the Steelers on TV, with no one to coach.
If only for one season.
Pittsburgh "was my longest stay, and I had a blast. I got to call plays in the Super Bowl twice and win one, and I wouldn't trade that for anything."