Friday, January 20, 2012

It's Official: Bruce Arians Retires

Exit: Bruce Arians
The Steelers have confirmed the retirement of Bruce Arians.

Speculation abounds as to who might replace Arians. The first name that comes to mind for many people is Tom Clements, who was the Steelers' quarterbacks coach on Bill Cowher's staff from 2001-03), pre-Roethlisberger, it is worth noting. 

Clements would be great, one would think -- if he wants the job. For all we know Clements may be content as quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers.

For all we know, the 58-year-old Clements may be near retirement himself and not want the added pressure and visibility of being an offensive coordinator at this stage of his career.

And, it's not like Clements would be leaving a lousy team, or a crummy quarterback.  Plus, for all we know, Clements may be in line to become Green Bay's offensive coordinator should their current coordinator, Joe Philbin, take a head coaching job (possibly in Tampa).

Plus, for all we know, Aaron Rodgers may be considerably easier to work with than Ben Rothlisberger. We don't know.

People seem to assume Arians was "ousted" or forced to retire. Maybe; maybe not. Supposedly, he wanted to retire after the 2010 season, but Roethlisberger convinced him to return for 2011.  He hasn't said anything to the media yet, so we'll take the Steelers' announcement at face value.  He did some very good things for the Steelers, and his good work for this team should not be overlooked.  Good luck to him.

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