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Old 12-27-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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Column: Don't blame Arians for Steelers' poor offense
http://www.timesonline.com/articles/...a227422106.txt

By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Saturday, December 27, 2008 12:11 AM EST

You know itís a meaningless football week in Pittsburgh when the media has to debate Bruce Ariansí future.

Since thereís nothing compelling about the hapless Browns coming to town to close out the regular season, the fate of the Steelersí offensive coordinator has been a hot topic.

It started Tuesday at the Mike Tomlin press conference when Tomlin was asked if he stands by his O.C.

ďI wonít even dignify that with an answer,Ē Tomlin snapped.

Good for you, Mike.

Barring a miracle, the Steelers will win their 12th game Sunday. They have already wrapped up the AFCís No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs. And someone asks if the coach stands by his offensive coordinator?

The Steelers may rank 23rd in the NFL in total offense, but that has little to do with Arians managing the Steelersí offense.

The subject didnít go away. On Friday during a radio interview on ESPN 1250, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said that Tomlin should fire Arians once this season ends.

I find it hard to believe that a guy who supposedly knows talent and watches tons of videotape actually believes Arians is the cause of the Steelersí offensive problems.

Granted, Iím not keen on the Tomlin/Arians approach thatís phasing out the fullback. But look around the league. Many teams are doing that, including Indianapolis and New England.

I can list several reasons why the Steelers are sputtering on offense. But hereís the top three:

l The offensive line: This is not breaking news, folks. We knew before the season started that the O-line wasnít very good, and nothing has changed. In fact, when you consider that guard Kendall Simmons and tackle Marvel Smith have missed most of the season with injuries, the situation up front is worse than expected.

Not all of the 46 sacks of Ben Roethlisberger can be attributed to the O-line. But most are.

2 Sloppy performances: How many passes has Santonio Holmes dropped this year? How many passes has Nate Washington dropped? How many times have wide receivers failed to get open? And how about Roethlisbergerís red-zone fumble last week in the first quarter in Tennessee? Was that Ariansí fault?

3 The other teamís defense: If the Steelersí top-ranked defense deserves praise for the way it shuts down opposing offense, other teams playing stingy defense deserve credit, too. Of the defenses that rank 2 through 12, the Steelers have played nine of them.

The bottom line is that Arians is calling plays just the way he did last year. But how quickly people forget.

Last year in Ariansí first season as offensive coordinator, running back Willie Parker led the league in rushing before breaking his leg in late December. Roethlisberger set franchise records with 32 TD passes and a 104.1 passer rating. The Steelers ranked third in rushing and tied for ninth in scoring.

No one complained about Arians then. Nor should they now.
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HALLE-FREAKIN-LU-JAH!!!!! Someone FINALLY gets it!!!!
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Last year in Ariansí first season as offensive coordinator, running back Willie Parker led the league in rushing before breaking his leg in late December. Roethlisberger set franchise records with 32 TD passes and a 104.1 passer rating. The Steelers ranked third in rushing and tied for ninth in scoring.

No one complained about Arians then. Nor should they now.[/QUOTE]

Here they come. The arm chair OCs. The Arians runs too much, too little, we need more screen passes BS.
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That's why all the kneejerk people on this board obviously don't know much about football. While I liked Danny Kreider, we forget that there is more then one way to skin a cat...sometimes things change.

Some of the anti Arians stuff on here has made me laugh out loud. If some of those gadget plays in 2005 didn't work then Weisenhunt would have been the devil to you people.

It's funny how some people are simple and need a single scapegoat...
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Apologies to all for screwing up the tread title. - mesa
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The point he has about playing to top defense is absolutely correct. We haven't had the luxury of playing crappy teams all season long.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:23 AM   #8
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Default Re: Column: Don't blame Arians for Steelers' poor offense

The question I would have is should we be phasing out the fullback?

To quote the article: "Granted, I’m not keen on the Tomlin/Arians approach that’s phasing out the fullback. But look around the league. Many teams are doing that, including Indianapolis and New England."

The no fullback approach does not seem to be working all that well. I am not enough of an X-O's guru to analyze the issue. Another related question is do we have the personnel to run a no fullback offense?
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the whole def thing the steelers have played as been my arguement to keep bruce... but i guess it takes a article for ppl to realize it
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Oh THANK the LORD for Mike Bires, WHO?? Mike Bires, WHO???? You know, the guy that set everyone straight on the fire Bruce Arians debate.

l The offensive line: This is not breaking news, folks. We knew before the season started that the O-line wasn’t very good, and nothing has changed. In fact, when you consider that guard Kendall Simmons and tackle Marvel Smith have missed most of the season with injuries, the situation up front is worse than expected.

Not all of the 46 sacks of Ben Roethlisberger can be attributed to the O-line. But most are.

2 Sloppy performances: How many passes has Santonio Holmes dropped this year? How many passes has Nate Washington dropped? How many times have wide receivers failed to get open? And how about Roethlisberger’s red-zone fumble last week in the first quarter in Tennessee? Was that Arians’ fault?

3 The other team’s defense: If the Steelers’ top-ranked defense deserves praise for the way it shuts down opposing offense, other teams playing stingy defense deserve credit, too. Of the defenses that rank 2 through 12, the Steelers have played nine of them


And look at the MANY fine points that he has made. Hell my dog could have come up with that assessment of the Steelers this season, where has this genius been all along? He could have solved this debate months ago.

It's six of one and a half dozen of the other. This article carries no more weight than any of the others. So NO, we haven't yet read something from "someone who gets it".
The only person THAT GETS IT is Mike Tomlin. I'll wait to see what he has to say at seasons end. In the meantime, the Mike Bires article goes to the garbage with the junk mail.
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