And there’s what you probably either don’t care at all about or have been waiting to hear. As someone who’s been calling for Arians’ head for years now, I guess it's my duty to say what I’d do now that I finally got what I’d been begging for all along.
I’m reminded of the whole “be careful what you wish for” sentiment now.
If it were me, assuming I’m in Mike Tomlin’s shoes and I can hire anyone I want, I interview Jim Tressel, Hue Jackson, Cam Cameron, Randy Fichtner, Todd Haley and Sean Kugler to start things off.
Part of my evaluation process would be sitting down with each candidate and asking their opinion on the offense, its strengths and weaknesses, what they would change or keep and how successful they think it can be immediately (2012) under their guidance.
I take that information to Ben Roethlisberger, my franchise quarterback that I’ve proven I need to have to be truly successful in the big games. I ask his opinion. I ask him if there’s anyone I should stop considering and why. I wouldn’t ask him who he would hire. At this point, I just want to know who he wouldn’t hire.
Then, I set up my second round. I include new candidates if necessary (Roethlisberger might recommend someone even). Get that list down to two or three, and then I sit down and deliberate with Kevin Colbert and Art Rooney about what our offense is and what it can become under each coach. Then, I make a group decision.