Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Just days after the Pittsburgh Steelers said Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians retired, he claims that is not the case.
Arians said the decision to leave the Steelers was not his choice.
It’s not like Arians is opposed to the idea of retirement. Apparently, he just didn’t want to retire at this point in time.
That’s what he told a York, Pa. newspaper who spoke to him about his departure from the Steelers.
So, was it a retirement or a forced exit?
Those are the questions surrounding the departure of Arians from the Steelers’ coaching staff.
Arians told the York Daily Record the Steelers gave him no choice.
Arians said the Steelers gave him no reason for not renewing his contract.
“I can’t answer that question. Only the people there can. That’s the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets,” Arians said.
Ben Roethlisberger apparently has regrets. To quote Arians again from the article:
“He’s not happy. That’s part of the business.”
Mike Tomlin will now be looking for a successor. Internally, quarterback coach Randy Fichtner and offensive line coach Sean Kugler are being considered.
As for Arians, he told the paper that he has not ruled out a return to coaching.
He said five or six teams have already contacted him about a job, but he has not made up his mind about any of those opportunities.