PITTSBURGH, PA – According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.
When a former Steelers coach agrees to work with an ex-Baltimore Ravens assistant, you know it is a sign of the apocalypse in the NFL.
Arians will join former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator—and newly named head coach of the Colts—Chuck Pagano.
Arians, who would help guide the Steelers from a conservative run-heavy offense into a pass-happy spread attack, would win two Super Bowls during his five-year tenure in the Steel City from 2007-2011.
The 59 year-old Arians has been a football assistant since 1975 starting out at his alma mater of Virginia Tech as graduate assistant, would also have stops at Mississippi State (running backs and wide receivers) from 1978-80, Alabama (running backs coach) from 1981-82.
After a five year stint as head coach of the Temple Owls from 1983-1988, Arians would return to the colligate ranks as Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator from 1993-95.
Arians would coach tight ends for the New Orleans Saints in 1996 and be the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator in 1997.
Arians would return to the NFL on a permanent basis as quarterbacks coachs for the Indianpolis Colts from 1998-2000, where he would tutor a young Peyton Manning, would leave Indianapolis to become Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator from 2001-2003.
In 2004, Arians would be hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as wide receivers coach and be promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.
After the Steelers stunning 29-23 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card Round, reports began to surface that Arians had decided to retire, Arians would go on to refute the claims saying that he was forced out, instead of retiring.
Sources would also say that Steelers president Art Rooney II wants Pittsburgh to return to it’s run-heavy smash-mouth identity of offense.
To no avail, franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of Arian’s most ardent supporters on the team and requested a meeting with Rooney over the ousted Arians.
Arians returning to Indianapolis could also signal the end of his former pupil, Peyton Manning and provide further evidence that the Colts are ready to move forward with Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
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