The Terrible Podcast – Discussing Arians Departure, Future OC & Championship Games Episode

Steelers PodcastSeason 2, Episode 71 of The Terrible Podcast is up and David Todd and I get right to the Bruce Arians side of the story that came out last night. Arians said he was not offered a contract for next year and the Steelers said he retired, so we play around in the mess grey area in the middle there and discuss whether or not Steelers President Art Rooney II handled it right and if indeed he was the one that made the decision and not Mike Tomlin like he said would happen. Easy to figure who we think made that decision. We move on to talk about the recent report by Chris Mortensen as it relates to what direction the Steelers offense will move in now. Run more? We really doubt it, but look back at the ineptitudes the last few seasons of the Steelers offense and point fingers several directions at the obvious ones. Was Arians too close of a friend to Ben Roethlisberger? David has a very strong opinion on that.

With Arians now gone we look at the offensive coordinator career of Randy Fichtner during his time at Memphis and I share a few stats with David that even surprised me as it relates to run/pass ratio along with a few other numbers I will be posting later today. We answer a few email questions in regards to a few offensive coordinator candidates and one from a listener in Denver who thinks Ike Taylor needs to go. We transition into talking about the Conference Championship games this past weekend, but it really becomes more of a talk about Joe Flacco, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, John Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh and Kyle Williams more than anything else. Could David be up in the booth soon for the Steelers making crucial in-game decisions? We have some fun with it.

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  • Tom

    I think initially Tomlin wanted to keep Arians, but that after listening to Rooney present his points, he began to reconsider.

    I think Tomlin probably ultimately made the decision but Rooney ultimately left it in Tomlin’s hands. Of course, Tomlin would know that if the offense had similar production the following year, that wouldn’t look too good for his decision making. So, the safer bet is to go with the owner’s well-seasoned advice.

    Now the $64k question is.. can they really find anyone better?

  • SteelerElder39

    Arians is history, fired or retired. Moving on. New ‘OC’ decision–Run more or Pass more? Answer; neither of either: use a balance of BOTH. Although this has been the key to the Steeler’s success in the past, it won’t happen next season without re-vamping the backfield. Mendenhal (injury prone) & Redman (fumble prone) simply won’t cut it. Most especially, we need a fullback who can bull his way into the end zone from the four yard line in!!!!

    Coach Tomlin, in my opinion, needs to exhibit more of a Chuck Noll/Bill Kowher type deMEANor; smash-mouth/in your face/kick ass football.

    Whoever our new ‘OC’ might be, I offer two suggestions: don’t be so predictable; and think of field goals only as a necessary EVIL!!!!