It started Monday on ESPN 1250. The report was that Bruce Arians has been fired—according to the host, Ken Laird.
Laird basically said, on the radio, "This is not something that I am reporting based on any information from a source I don't totally trust. I would not risk my reputation reporting this if I did not believe that it was entirely true." (not an exact quote.)
Laird was SO sure of it, it was like the man had told him himself. Maybe he did.
Jim Wexell of SteelCityInsider.com reports, via Twitter, that Arians leaked word of an impending pink slip to Laird.
So, let me get this straight. Arians thought he was getting fired, and he didn't?
Can someone PLEASE tell me, who is running the show in Pittsburgh?
Save the headaches looking into it. Regardless of any speculation anyone may hear, I am going to tell you right now who is in charge of the Steelers.
Here is why.
Kevin Colbert? Let's be honest, Colbert is the paper pusher. I will give Colbert FULL CREDIT for his drafting ability.
He does a wonderful job at keeping the players the Steelers need to have, and letting go of the ones that are on the down slide of their career, but he is not making the decisions.
Remember when Roethlisberger wanted a tall receiver? Second round of the next draft, Limas Sweed. Coincidence?
Mike Tomlin? Hand picked by Ben Roethlisberger. Don't believe me?
Originally, there is not one person that thought Ken Whisenhunt was not going to be the coach of the Steelers. Why didn't he get the job? Remember, he was at odds with Big Ben, and if Ben didn't want him, he was not going to be there.
Then it was going to Russ Grimm. There were reports that Grimm had already agreed to a contract. Grimm, a run-first offensive lineman, and now offensive line coach, was not going to put the ball in Bens hand and throw as often as we do now.
Oh, but Tomlin had to be interviewed for the Rooney Rule? Wrong. The Steelers had already interviewed Ron Rivera, the defensive coordinator of the Bears.
Ben went to the Rooney family and said that they needed a young coach, one that would transform this Steelers team into a pass-first team. Bring in a defensive coach, and promote his boy to offensive coordinator.
Don't think that is why Arians was kept? I can hear the conversations when Ken Whisenhunt was OC.
"Ben, If I was the offensive coordinator, we would throw the ball on every play."
Still don't believe me? What about this...
Remember the concussion issue? Ben was medically cleared the day before the Ravens game to play. When he complained about the head aches, the doctor WOULD NOT CLEAR HIM TO PLAY!
That means that HE IS NOT PERMITTED TO EVEN DRESS!
Why did Ben dress for the Ravens game? Does Ben tell the Doctors what to do as well?
Ben has built this team to what it is, but you know what, I am 100-percent OK with it.
Here is how it happened. After taking the Steelers to the AFC Championship in his rookie season, Ben promised that he would take the Steelers to, and win, the Super Bowl. He delivered.
The first Super Bowl for the Steelers in ALMOST 30 years. A town like Pittsburgh NEEDED another Super Bowl. Steeler Nation, the most loyal fan base in the world (FOR ANY SPORT) deserved to once again say their team was the best. Ben PROMISED he would do it, AND DID!
The Rooney family knows what they have. They are who they are, and they do what they do. They have never changed it for anyone.
The Steelers are a run-first, smash mouth football team. Always have been.
NOT ANY MORE!!!
Right now, the Pittsburgh Steelers have what they have not had since Terry Bradshaw. A TRUE Franchise QB. One of the best to ever play for the Steelers. Roethlisberger has already set most of the Steelers QB records, and the ones he has not yet, he will.
After winning the Super Bowl, Ben was on Pardon the Interruption. Michael Wilbon asked Ben what his goal was in the NFL. Ben said he wanted to win three more Super Bowls.
He wants to have five—one more than Terry Bradshaw.The only record Steelers fans thought would never be broken, and Ben said he wants it. Are you going to bet against him?
Ben decided that Arians needs to stay, and the Rooney Family listened. Kevin Colbert could not change it. Mike Tomlin could not change it. It is what it is. Ben Roethlisberger is the man in charge of the Steelers, like it or not.
Due to the 4 emails I have received from irate Steelers fans, and one fan, that I believe is a Ravens fan, laughing, I may not have been clear at what I was saying here.
I am not saying, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, that Ben Roethlisberger is threatening the Steelers, or demanding that they make the decisions they are making.
What I am saying is, the Rooney family is making the decisions that they believe Roethlisberger wants, and they may even be asking his opinion of the issue.
I made the comment above...
"Ben went to the Rooney family and said that they needed a young coach, one that would transform this Steelers team into a pass-first team. Bring in a defensive coach, and promote his boy to offensive coordinator."
By this, people have taken what I am saying as, Ben insisted that Tomlin be hired. Not having inside information on the issue, my opinion is, Art Rooney went to Ben and asked his opinion of who HE THOUGHT the Steelers should sign.
This is not an uncommon practice when a team has a Franchise QB (you don't think Peyton Manning was asked by Bill Polian who he wanted to have as a coach?). Ben said what he wanted, and the Rooneys' made it happen.
This is labeled an OPINION article, not breaking news. If you disagree with what I am saying, please feel free to add your comments here. I will be happy to respone to it.