Bruce Arians Says Offense In Arizona Won\’t Be Dink & Dunk

The Arizona Cardinals introduced Bruce Arians as their new head coach on Friday and it didn\’t take long for the media to ask him about his departure from Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2011 season and his offensive philosophy.

When asked about his supposed retirement from the Steelers at this same time last year, Arians didn\’t beat around the bush with his answer.

“No, that retirement thing was a mutual agreement,” a smiling Arians said, when asked if he was really close to retirement following his time in Pittsburgh.

Arians went on to say that he was very fortunate when Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano called him to offer him their offensive coordinator position last year.

While that quote may or may not be considered a shot at the Steelers organization, the answer that Arians gave when asked about what his philosophy on offense will be in Arizona certainly was.

“We want to run the football. We want to be balanced. But we’re going to take our shots up the field,” Arians said. “You have to have chunk plays. It’s hard to dink and dunk in the National Football League for 80 yards. You have to have chunk plays, and those usually come from the play-action (pass).”

If the dink and dunk term sounds familiar to you, it should, as it was the term used by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to describe the offense of Todd Haley to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in October of this past season.

“Haley‘s offense is not a big-play offense,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “It‘s kind of a dink-and-dunk offense.”

Do you think that Arians threw that term out there on Friday so that his former quarterback could get a chuckle? I do. Arians and Roethlisberger still talk on a weekly basis, just so you know.

Arians, who said on Friday that he will call the plays on offense until he can find someone who can do it better, also said that he intends to stretch the field deep several times a game.

“We have six home runs on the play sheet every week,” Arians said, “and I’m not coming home with any bullets left in the gun.”

While Arians is not afraid to fire those deep bullets, he certainly will need a better gun to fire them with. The quarterbacks that he currently has to work with on the Cardinals roster don\’t appear to be the same quality as a Roethlisberger or an Andrew Luck, who he coached last year in Indianapolis. If Arians doesn\’t find one comparable to those two over the course of the next two seasons he very well might end up in another retirement mutual agreement.

  • LOL, good for you BA! Steelers deserve every bit of that shot. Sounds like he took a shot at Tomlin too with the not coming home with any bullets in the gun metaphor. As much as I want Haley back so a bad situation doesn’t become worse, I’m starting to become a little worried about the friction between Ben and Haley.

  • Josh

    Ah, Bruce Arians. Let’s see how your play-calling fares with a less-than-Pro Bowl-level QB. 3rd and 2 empty back set anyone?

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    He’ll be gone in 3 years max.

  • JohnnyV1

    I would have said two years max. Unless, of course, they find themselves a QB.

  • Ahmad

    He won’t have any bullets left and he won’t have a QB left either because that Cardinals OL is abysmal.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    I was giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Clint Martin

    We are 8-8 this season Without Ben 4-12 ouch. Haley’s offense is a dink and dunk get used to it!

  • Clint Martin

    Are you really worrying about there relationship?

  • Crazy Bone

    Good for Arians…he was definitely pushed out by the owner. No need to pretend otherwise. Arians was never the problem with the offense (the horrible OL play is the issue). Too bad Rooney could never figure that out.

  • Mike Carroll

    I’m not sure Haley’s offense should really be deemed “dink and dunk” based on one season. I have faith the team and Haley have a vision and plan for the future of the offense which we have yet to see. It’s only reasonable to expect a little transition time for this plan to be enacted. I think the drafting of two O-linemen in the first two rounds last year (not done by the team in the last 40+ years I believe) was a clear move in a new direction. This year we’ll see more changes, such as swapping Wallace for a big physical wide receiver that better fits the new offensive philosophy. We should get a better idea this upcoming season about where the team and Haley are taking the offense.

  • You mean ‘their’ relationship, and yes I am. To me it sounds like Ben and BA are talking shit behind Haley’s back.

  • I think you’re right in that the offense will show where it stands this season, but it’s still dink and dunk.

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  • Tim Culligan

    hahaha this is hysterical to me. I wasnt a big fan of BAs play calling but hes a good guy who did well in Indy. I wish him luck in Steelers West.

  • Tim Culligan

    haha steelers used to be sooo bad at 3&1s

  • zyzak

    BA has only been all class. He thanked the Steelers for his 8 years. Didnt have to say that.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    First, I think I agree that you need big chunk plays in order to win, the difference between the 2 philosophies is that BA believe that those plays must come from his QB. Whereas the offense that Haley wants to run puts someone like Wallace into position where he catches the ball 5 yards down the field and takes it to the house. See Jerry Rice….how far did Joe or Steve actually throw the ball. BA is high risk, high reward offense. Haley’s offense depends on play makers…making plays.

    Second, I think it is pretty clear BA was run off.

    Third, gonna call plays until I find someone better. How hard is this? Run up the middle. Throw the ball 2 times. Bubble screen, then throw 2 more times. Oh yeah, we need to “run” so lets run off RG, off RG, off RG…punt. Boy it will be hard to find someone who can call plays like that.

    Fourth, unless he finds a QB who is a playmaker….it is going to be a long season.

  • costanza2k1

    Seems like Ben and his father BA suffer from a lack of professionalism. If he’s still latched on to BAs teets he won’t be successful in another system. BA has moved in. Time for Ben to do the same.

  • zyzak

    you must be a dick

  • SR88

    He can find a QB out there, but I think with Kolb he would be fine. Guy can throw downfield, the OL needs to get better, wouldnt be shocked if he brings in a guy like Starks to help out. They can fill their holes with the few good Steelers o-linemen because we cant afford them. I bet they try and latch onto Wallace as well, maybe dont have the room under cap, not sure of their situation, but I bet he can take former Steelers and make a run in the NFC. Give it 2 years and he will be a wildcard team at least. Kaepernick is already in year 1 of 3, and Wilson as well.

  • Clint Martin

    Maybe Hines was jealous of their relationship, maybe Hines needs a damn pedicure and a new dancing partner. Who cares what Hines said he isn’t on the Team anymore.
    The Team and him had a mutual agreement for him to retire.

  • steeltown

    I put money on Arians signing Starks and possibly going after Foster as well

  • steeltown

    I think more than ‘dink and dunk’ its more about getting the ball out quickly, trying to keep Ben healthy

  • Clint Martin

    Their relationship. Dick.

  • steeltown

    It will be interesting to see which QB they draft in AZ this year, that will be a big factor for this whole thing going forward. Also, I think Starks leaving via FA is almost a definite now.. new home Arizona

  • Clint Martin

    Please someone tell JOHN A STEWART that the Rooney’s probably don’t read these
    Steelers websites.Quit pleading for Ben to get traded, You sound like an idiot!
    I thought being from Queens you would be a little cooler but yet you are losing it.

  • steeltown

    Ha! I just read some of the facebook comments above, someone actually seriously said trade Ben to AZ and bring in Alex Smith, ha! Come on people, gheez every Team has a down year, we were in a transition on Offense, multiple probowl players injured or coming back from injury, including Ben and our OLine Coach had one foot out the door. Calm down with the crazy talk.

    Ben was in the MVP talk before his injury for crying out loud

  • LucasY59

    The big chunk plays can happen with a double move on the short passes when the defense cheats up to play the short pass, the TD by AB against the browns is a good example

  • LouPGH

    Used to be? Sadly, I think we converted more 3rd-and-longs this year than 3rd-and-1s.

  • LouPGH

    I could see them sticking with Kolb this year, and if it doesn’t work, taking a QB in the draft next year. Really can’t see BA tying his fate to Barkley.

    You bring up an interesting point about Wallace. They have some young talent at WR opposite Fitzgerald (i.e., the one guy who had some fantasy value this season and Michael Floyd), but they’d give secondaries fits with Wallace stretching the field.

    If his short tenure in Indy is any indication (pardon the alliteration), there is no question he pilfers some Steelers and probably goes after a guy like Wesley Saunders and a few other Colts.

  • Tom

    I don’t feel like there is anything wrong with a well executed dink and dunk offense. To some extent it can be used in lieu of a good running game. However, I do believe that a dink and dunk offense should utilize the backs……and most definitely take several, if not a half dozen, deep shots a game to keep the defense honest. Seems to me that a lot of those great 49er teams of the 80’s and 90’s could have been called dink and dunk offenses…

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  • Dan

    I wish him luck as well, but as soon as I heard “dink and dunk” out of his mouth, I knew that was a little dig at Haley. It was interesting to hear him say Ben is like a son to him. I knew they were close, but those are pretty strong words in most circles. As zyzak says above, it was classy for him to say kind words about the Rooney’s after he was pushed out. I do think BA has a tough road ahead. If he can make a real QB out of the crew they have in Arizona, I’ll be impressed.

  • Yes, that’s the correct spelling when using it as a possessive pronoun. Cunt.

  • Guest

    Are you still worried you F$@#ING Dick.
    There is nothing to worry about little Chrissy. If they can’t win together one will go it’s that simple. The Organization knows behind closed doors the real story.

  • SR88

    Fitz and Wallace would definitely open up the field for the other WRs, but Floyd may be expected to be that type of receiver. They have talent, especially at the skill positions outside of QB. I wouldnt be surprised to see them do something next year. May be too quick for them to contend in the West, but like I said, Kaepernick and Wilson will play somewhere in the 3 to 5 year range with the running styles. That keeps it open if he can win games, those guys may suffer injuries like RG3 and lose seasons.

  • Clint Martin

    Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

  • Jason White

    To anyone saying to trade Ben I must say you are absolutely 100% Grade A F’n Stupid! There is nothing that can cure your extreme stupidness.

  • JohnnyV1

    Kolb cannot stay healthy, regardless of the O-line’s situation, he can’t take a hit. There have been plenty of talented guys who just couldn’t stay on the field, he’s one. Yeah, they may go after Starks, Foster, or both. They will not go after Wallace b/c he wants #1 money and to be #1, but he’ll never be #1 b/c there’s some guy named Fitzgerald there. Arians seems like a good dude, he’s 60 + yrs old, has a 4yr contact, he’s set. It will not work with him in Arizona, it just won’t. They may win 8, 9 even 10 games, but they will not become great. Subject: [steelersdepot] Re: Bruce Arians Says Offense In Arizona Won’ t Be Dink & Dunk

  • Oh shutup, and log into an account you fucking pussy guest.

  • No, but I kiss your mother after I do her doggy style in her trailer.

  • Clint Martin

    Dude thats my uncle he is a tranny he likes rainbows and little queer fuckers like yourself. Yes he lives in a trailer however the trailer park is very clean and high class nothing that you would be used to.

  • SR88

    True about Kolb and BA’s offense doesnt really attempt to protect the QB. I think the real reason for that was he hasnt had a RB with any talent in a while. When Mendenhall was at his best, BA ran it a lot. With Beanie Wells there, I think they will run a lot. There just isnt an answer in the draft this season. I dont know what QBs are open on the market, but they need something. I do think with a decent QB and recycled Steelers on offense, he can contend in the NFC West shortly, not because he is a great coach, but because he has ties to players that could really help that team.

  • You were brought up in a trailer park by your transvestite uncle? Sucks to be you.