Report: Bruce Arians May Not Return As Steelers Offensive Coordinator In 2012

Gerry Dulac is reporting tonight that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians might not return in 2012. Dulac reports that it is unclear if Arians is retiring or is just not having his contract renewed at this time.

Arians has been the Steelers offensive coordinator since 2007 and was the Steelers wide receivers coach from 2004–2006. Before coming to the Steelers, Arians was the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator from 2001–2003. Steelers president Art Rooney II said in his interview with the Pittsburgh media on Tuesday that some members of the Steelers coaching staff were considering retirement. He did not however indicate who those coaches were.

If indeed the news about Arians is true, the Steelers could decide to promote quarterback coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator if they decide not to look outside of the organization. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson would have likely also been a possibility to be promoted before he was seriously burned in a fire at his home prior to the Steelers Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos.