Report: Former Steelers OC Bruce Arians Has Had Talks With Other Teams
File this report in the “doesn\’t mean crap” category but it is my duty to pass along the report by Jason La Canfora on Twitter today that stated former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has had talks with other NFL teams since it was announced last week that he would not be back with the Steelers in 2012. La Canfora reports that one of those talks was with the Arizona Cardinals, and presumably with head coach Ken Whisenhunt about the vacant quarterbacks coach job. Whisenhunt of course was the Steelers offensive coordinator under head coach Bill Cowher from 2004-2006 and Arians was the Steelers wide receivers coach at that time. La Canfora states that Arians is still intending to stay retired despite the talks with other teams.
Of course it is not out of the question that a few teams could be calling Arians to see if indeed he has any interest in coaching in the NFL. One thing that La Canfora does not state is who called who. Just because Arians answers or returns calls is not surprising, but should he indeed accept any position on a coaching staff, it would mean that he had no intentions or retiring. Of course Arians could change his mind quickly, but I doubt it would be this soon. In the mean time the debate will continue on whether or not Arians retired as head coach Mike Tomlin said in his statement or if he was just not asked to return. Read into this and speculate as you deem necessary.