Report: Bruce Arians considering retirement, may not coach in 2012

And on the 18th day of January in the year 2012, the heavens opened up to Earth and angels sang out in celebration: 

The Steelers coaching staff could undergo its first major change in the Mike Tomlin era because offensive coordinator Bruce Arians might not return in 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has learned.

Arians, 57, is in the final year of his contract with the Steelers, and it is unclear if he is retiring — something he considered last year — or not having his contract renewed.


I kid about being so overjoyed with Arians possibly retiring or simply not coming back to Pittsburgh. I’ve never really had a problem with Arians, but many have blamed Arians for everything wrong with the Steelers offense, defense, special teams, global warming and the economy. 

Arians is pretty strongly disliked and I’m sure this report is great news for a lot of people. His offenses haven’t been amazing, but they’ve certainly been good enough and Ben Roethlisberger has had as much input into play calling and design as Arians has during the Mike Tomlin era. 

If Arians leaves and somebody else is brought in, the same scenario will just repeat itself: everybody will bash him and assume that they could call the plays better. Nothing will change.