Bruce Arians Should Let It Go
Will former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator ever let it go? A recent interview suggest that will not happen anytime soon..if at all.
In an interview with Andrea Kremer for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, former Steelers offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians said he felt betrayed by the Steelers after the team did not renew his contract. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in March of 2012, that he ultimately made the decision to replace Arians with Todd Haley, but Kremer said Arians believes the organization forced Tomlin’s hand.
(Coach Tomlin) said, ‘I can’t get you the money,'” Arians told Kremer. “I said, ‘OK.’ He said, ‘No, I can’t get you a contract.’ I said, ‘Are you firing me?’ He said, ‘No.’ Well, it’s just a matter of words, Mike, OK. If I don’t have a contract, I’m fired.'”
In a sense, yes. And literally, yes. But not for the reasons Arians may think. Although he was a tremendous offensive coordinator, and a sure shot to a head coaching position, the new head coach, Tomlin would not be having that.
“…I had done a good job,” Arians said. “Maybe not the right image, but it was a damn good job. I was pissed. But again, time heals things.”
Point being you did a great job, Bruce. So great of a job that the newly acquired head coach may have felt threatened. Mainly because of the relationship built between you and proverbial Hall of Gamer quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
Thinking he was retired after being dumped by the Steelers, Arians recollection of the bitterness he once felt quickly transformed into a satisfying smirk when he told Kremer, “and then Chuck (Pagano) called. And everything changed.”
My point is this. Although Bruce Arians will remain one of my favorite offensive coordinators for the Steelers, and a very good head coach for the Arizona Cardinals, he has yet to beat Mike Tomlin. So the decision made by Tomlin and/or the organization was obviously the right one in my book. #HereWeGo