Whatever plans Bruce Arians might have had to retire from coaching, they were short-lived.
Arians also had been in talks with the Arizona Cardinals for their vacant quarterbacks coach position since the Steelers informed him he would not return next season. The Steelers made the announcement on Jan. 20 that Arians would not be a part of the team's staff in 2012, officially saying that he had decided to retire. Arians later told the York Daily Record that he was told he wasn't wanted back.
"Anyone that knows about the Pittsburgh Steelers, itâs family. From top to bottom," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told NFL Network. "So when you lose a family member, itâs always tough. I donât know if you can ever replace a guy like that, but itâs a business. The powers that be made the decision, and we live with it, go with it. Change is not always easy. Itâs definitely going to be different for us. I love Bruce, all the offensive guys do, so weâll just have to see where we go from here."
The Steelers are looking at in-house candidates to replace Arians, including quarterbacks coach Randy Fitchner. Head coach Mike Tomlin also is a supporter of former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, who interviewed Caldwell for the position over the weekend, according to sources.
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