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  1. Bill
    January 25, 2012

    Chris are you really saying that you don’t believe something like this would happen with the Steelers? Stuff like this happens on every team. What you don’t see in that blip you linked to above is BA saying anything like MT promised me I’d be back. What Mike did is what he always does with the media and that is skirt the question. When asked about whether his coaches would be returning he answered something like ‘thats what I would expect’. That’s not a ringing endorsement for his staff but more of an answer to the media without really answering.

    • Chris
      January 26, 2012

      Well, Bill, in that story I linked about halfway down it’s noted that Arians claimed “coach Mike Tomlin told Arians several times that he wanted him back.” I don’t want to parse language but to me that’s pretty much the same as promising him he’d be back albeit in less specific language as you note. The bottom line is he gave BA the impression he’d be back which is at least misleading and at worst flat-out dishonest.

      Although, and perhaps I didn’t make this clear enough, I believe the dismissal of Arians was more a mandate from Rooney. And between the owner dictating his head coach’s coordinators and the team issuing blatantly false statements (ie: He “retired” when he was fired), that’s what I find most disturbing. Maybe I’m naive here, but I didn’t think the Steelers did business that way.

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