Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Referees    Browns

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-23-2007, 12:10 AM   #1
I-Want-Troy's-Hair
Assistant Coach
 
I-Want-Troy's-Hair's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Riverside, CA -originally Steubenville OH
Posts: 1,450
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2698
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

Good News...and bad news.

http://postgazette.com/pg/07023/755980-66.stm
By Ed Bouchette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It took little time for the new, young Steelers coach to allay fears that he would slash everything on a team one year removed from a Super Bowl championship -- from their defense to the psyche of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Mike Tomlin, formally introduced as the Steelers' third head coach in 38 years, went to work quickly on his staff, hiring both coordinators. He confirmed that Dick LeBeau will remain as his defensive coordinator, and he promoted Bruce Arians from coaching the wide receivers to his offensive coordinator.

Tomlin, 34, has plenty more work to do, and he'll begin today in Mobile, Ala., where he will join what's left of Bill Cowher's old staff for Senior Bowl practices, scouting college players.

One coach who won't return was the runner-up to Tomlin in the 16-day search for Cowher's replacement. Russ Grimm, the team's assistant head coach and offensive line coach, will be granted a release from his contract with the Steelers at his request. Grimm could join new Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona, but also could entertain other offers.

Grimm was considered a front-runner at one point during the coaching search, and club president Art Rooney II acknowledged yesterday that Tomlin at first was not high on their list of candidates.

"I think it's fair to say Mike was in that category in terms of our initial discussion," Art Rooney said. "He was probably a long shot when we began the discussions."

Dan Rooney, the team's chairman, denied a report that the Steelers offered Grimm the job on Saturday. He said that never happened, and he took umbrage with those who claimed Grimm accepted their offer, only to learn on Sunday that the Rooneys had changed their minds and reneged. Grimm did not return messages left on his cell phone.

Art Rooney also denied that anyone from the NFL commissioner's office or the NFL Players Association pressured the Steelers to hire Tomlin.

"No, there absolutely was no pressure like that. We knew we were going to comply with the Rooney Rule from day one in terms of our initial list. It was just a question at that point of picking who we thought would be the best coach."

The league's Rooney Rule requires each team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority coach, but the decision to hire a coach is left entirely up to the team's owners. It was named as such because Dan Rooney suggested the rule that was adopted by the NFL in December 2002.

The Steelers decided late last week they would choose their coach over the weekend, Art Rooney said. That eliminated the third finalist, Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, whose team won the NFC championship Sunday.

Tomlin had gone from long shot to 50-50 bet. The more the Rooneys and Colbert talked to him, the less of a long shot he became.

"The main thing you think about is, when this guy is standing up in front of your team, is he going to be able to get his message across?" Art Rooney said. "I think that, more than one thing, maybe is what convinced us that this is the guy."

Tomlin addressed a packed Steelers press room, attended by nearly 100 members of the media, with a mix of determination, vibrancy and humor.

"We intend to make no bold predictions about what we're going to do," Tomlin said. "What we are going to do is promise to have a first-class, blue collar work ethic in how we approach our business."

Both Tomlin and Art Rooney acknowledged they considered the 2007 Steelers will be a candidate again for the Super Bowl.

By keeping LeBeau as his coordinator, Tomlin indicated that the Steelers likely will stay with their 3-4 scheme in 2007, but they also could switch between a 3-4 and a 4-3, as some NFL teams do now. Art Rooney revealed there were long discussions about that defense before Tomlin was hired, and that it could evolve into a 4-3, although it would take a few years for them to do so as they acquire the different personnel to fit such a scheme.

Rooney suggested to Tomlin that he consider keeping some of Cowher's staff because he considered it a good one, but that the choices are up to the new head coach.

"Continuity is a factor," Tomlin said of his new staff. "It's not the only factor. We're looking for good men who happen to be good coaches."

Arians, 54, was Cleveland's offensive coordinator for three seasons before he joined the Steelers' staff in 2004. He also coached the Colts quarterbacks and was an offensive coach for two other NFL teams and three colleges, in addition to his job as head coach of Temple for six seasons in the 1980s.

He will lend some continuity to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and could be the only offensive coach to return.

"He's a franchise quarterback," Tomlin said. "Like any other position and any other player on this team, we need to be fundamentalists in how we approach our business. We need to be students of the game.

"I look forward to working with Ben in that regard. I'm excited about having an opportunity to work with a young man who is talented, who has also had some of the life experiences of being a professional athlete that he has had. He's a world champion."

Tomlin first visited Pittsburgh when he was 12 years old to play a midget football game.

"I rode the inclines and those things," said Tomlin, a Hampton, Va., native. "Some of my roommates from college were Pittsburgh guys -- Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon -- so I know quite a bit about the attitude of people from the city and the great deal of pride that they have from being from here. I look forward to learning more."

As for what he knows about his new football team, Tomlin said:

"They are physically and mentally tough. They have a reputation for being that. Got some quality players; their resumes speak for themselves. And I'm sure the recent Super Bowl success and failure that followed will make them a hungry group of men."
__________________
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France
I-Want-Troy's-Hair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 12:20 AM   #2
BigSteelThrill
Bench Warmer
 
BigSteelThrill's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 156
Member Number: 818
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

Sounds perfect.
BigSteelThrill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 01:19 AM   #3
klick81
Team Owner
Supporter
 
klick81's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 2,683
Member Number: 1396
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

Sucks to see Grimm leave, but I can't say i'm surprised. I hope he finds success elsewhere...except when he coaches against us.
__________________
Ward, after being fined by Goodell on a play that was not penalized:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hines Ward
What are you going to say, I was too rough?
klick81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 01:27 AM   #4
Steel Pit
Banned
 
Steel Pit's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: London, Ohio
Posts: 737
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2140
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

It sure does "Suck" to see Grimm leave. I mean he did so much for the organization. PLEASE! Who gives a hoot about Grimm leaving?

During the interview process Grimm was quoted as saying "that he was going to stay with the Steelers whether he got the head coach position or not." Liar! Go to your room and pout MISTER!

Last edited by Steel Pit; 01-23-2007 at 01:30 AM.
Steel Pit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 01:36 AM   #5
OneForTheToe
Living Legend
 
OneForTheToe's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Steeler Nation
Posts: 3,360
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2408
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

Quote:
It sure does "Suck" to see Grimm leave. I mean he did so much for the organization. PLEASE! Who gives a hoot about Grimm leaving?
hoot, hoot , hoot, hoot - I give a hoot.

Last edited by OneForTheToe; 01-23-2007 at 01:50 AM.
OneForTheToe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 02:02 AM   #6
Preacher
Living Legend
 

Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,890
Member Number: 16327
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

that of course would be great. Hey Ben. Come here. Now you will learn how to work REAL hard son!
Preacher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 02:11 AM   #7
LarryNJ
Starter
 
LarryNJ's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 421
Member Number: 2857
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steel Pit View Post
It sure does "Suck" to see Grimm leave. I mean he did so much for the organization. PLEASE! Who gives a hoot about Grimm leaving?

During the interview process Grimm was quoted as saying "that he was going to stay with the Steelers whether he got the head coach position or not." Liar! Go to your room and pout MISTER!
Do you really believe it was at his request? I don't. I'd guess that Tomlin & the Steelers decided who would stay and who would be fired. Than out of respect they gave Grimm the option of resigning to save face. That being said I don't give a hoot. See ya Russ, by the way great job with the O-line last year!
LarryNJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 06:54 AM   #8
HometownGal
Living Legend
 
HometownGal's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Burgh
Posts: 21,479
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2413
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

I'm happy to see that Arians was promoted to OC - good move Coach Tomlin!
I am sorry to see Russ go - he was, after all, a part of our wild ride into SBXL last season and had been with the Steelers for 5 years. I appreciate his accomplishments with the black and gold and wish him only the best! Good luck Russ!
__________________


The Anti-Wahoo
HometownGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 09:44 AM   #9
cbalke
Bench Warmer
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Front Royal, VA
Posts: 177
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2602
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

i really didn't see the fruits of grimm's labor enough to justify him staying. i didn't want him as our HC at all. look at the group of, what, 5 or 6 guys he was in charge of this year. did they really do all that well? they sucked for a good portion of the games. ballgames are won and lost on the line of scrimmage...when your o-line takes 2 steps back at the snap they give the QB less than 2 secs to make a play. that's not good coaching in my mind.
__________________
"You missed the kick," Starks said at one point. "Way to go, Vanderjagt."
cbalke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2007, 09:53 AM   #10
Florida_Steelers_Fan
Starter
 
Florida_Steelers_Fan's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 411
Gender: Male
Member Number: 4759
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Bruce Arians new OC - Grimm to leave

all this love that's given to grimm...let me ask this: why did our offensive line suck so bad this year?

i mean, i like grimm and all, but roethlisberger was getting killed. yes, we ran the ball very well, but it's not like we're losing this "must have" coach. i felt the o-line could have had a better year and i hold grimm partly responsible for that.

trust me, if grimm had overwhelmed the rooney's he'd be the head coach today. he either didn't or he wanted them to unload the vault for him. i'll miss grimm, but i'm not willing to say that he's the greatest o-line coach out there.
__________________
The disease of me leads to the defeat of us.
Florida_Steelers_Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts