The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted you to believe that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians simply retired so that they could revert to what many call their old school “blue collar” offense, but as things so often take place in the National Football League, nothing is ever as it first appears.
Arians was not retained by the Steelers, and that has apparently angered quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was happy with Arians calling the plays on offense, because it meant that he was allowed to throw the ball far more frequently than was the case before they both arrived in Pittsburgh. But Steelers president Art Rooney II wants to revert to a run first, run second, throw only when necessary sort of approach that worked for the Steelers for so many years.
Still, one has to question this decision, as the NFL has shifted toward a pass happy league. Teams with the elite quarterbacks seem to go the furthest, or at least teams who can throw the ball with more efficiency. Hence, the New England Patriots and New York Giants getting ready to face off in their rematch in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams still have to be able to run the ball, but the quarterback position is huge, so taking the ball out of Pittsburgh’s best playmaker seems like a questionable decision, to say the least.
Arians has been the only offensive coordinator since the arrival of Mike Tomlin, which is around the time that the team shifted the offense from run first to pass first. But where the offensive line was less than stellar, and Rashard Mendenhall did not exactly put up the best numbers that everyone expected, reducing the amount of throws per game may not work out quite like the team is expecting.
Still, that appears to be the plan.
At least as of now.