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 Steelersmade 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, it's family. From top to bottom," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told NFL Network. "So when you lose a family member, it's always tough. I don't know if you can ever replace a guy like that, but it's a business. The powers that be made the decision, and we live with it, go with it. Change is not always easy. It's definitely going to be different for us. I love Bruce, all the offensive guys do, so we'll just have to see where we go from here."