clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians May Not Return In 2012, Report Says

The Pittsburgh Steelers may need a new offensive coordinator, as Bruce Arians may not be back with the team in 2012 according to a report.

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be without offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in the 2012 season, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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.

However, team president Art Rooney II indicated on Tuesday that some members of the coaching staff were considering retirement.

Arians considered retiring after the 2010 season because of health problems and other issues. He even skipped attending the NFL combine in February while he mulled his decision.

Arians has been a very controversial coach in his tenure with Steelers fans. Arians has been the offensive coordinator with the Steelers since the 2007 when Mike Tomlin was hired as the team's new head coach. Arians has taken a lot of flack from fans for his offensive style, moving the Steelers to a more pass-oriented team to fit quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Traditionally, the Steelers had been known as a power rushing football team.

The Steelers can still run the football effectively, but that has been secondary in their offense during the Arians era with the Steelers. In 2011, the Steelers ranked just No. 14 running the football and haven't ranked in the Top 10 rushing the football since the 2007 season.

For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bruce Arians, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.