Originally Posted by FanSince72
I think Tomlin is one of those guys who has a hard time breaking up friendships or loyalties even if they may have become detrimental. I've seen that happen in job situations where a boss really needs to let a guy go but has trouble doing it because even though it's obvious that the guy really isn't cut out for the job, everyone likes him and couldn't imagine not having him around.
Maybe he realized that Arians may have taken the "passing thing" too far and realized that we needed to move in a different direction but saw that he was tight with Ben and maybe Tomlin and others liked him as well and he had problems when it came to pulling the trigger, so the Rooney's did it for him.
Maybe Tomlin is a little too "human" in that regard.
Same attitude probably contributed to Aaron Smith not being placed on IR in 2010 and being brought back in 2011 without being required to take a haircut on his salary
Since Tomlin was told when he was hired in 2007 that LeBeau was staying, Arains was Tomlin's biggest coaching hire - a combination of loyalty and stubborness probbely contributed to Tomlin going to bat for Arains after the 2009 and 2011 seasons