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Bruce Arians Retirement: Steelers President Doesn't Deny That Arians' Departure Wasn't Voluntary

Steelers president Art Rooney II waves away the discrepancy between the team’s earlier announcement that former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians retired, and Arians’ contention that his retirement came only after Rooney made clear that the Steelers would not be renewing Arians’ contract.

“I think the questions of how we got here are not really relevant,” Rooney said. "Mike has begun the search for our next offensive coordinator and he’ll do a good job finding the right person. We’ll go through the process and interview the right candidates. We’re looking to improve on offense and have sommebody possibly to be in place for a number of years.

“Bruce had talked about retirement for a few years now. I think it was time for a change, and we’re looking forward to moving on.”

It sounds like Arians’ departure wasn’t nearly as voluntary as the word “retirement” suggests.

Arians was an unpopular figure among Steelers fans due to his play-calling and his reliance on a pass-first offense.

Here’s video of the interview.

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