I'm not one of those people who have no faith in Bruce Arians. I like the work he has done with this team. Sure his offence may seem anemic, but the Steelers still won the Super Bowl while he was the offensive coordinator.
People may say we won despite Bruce Arians, but that doesn't matter to me. Agatha Christie once wrote something along the lines of "I don't care how it looks, I look at the results. If the plan worked, it was a good plan." The Steelers are winning, so the offensive plan is solid.
In fact remember when people were complaining we don't run the ball enough? That was the same year everyone was saying our offensive line was crap. Yet nobody sees the connection? If the offensive line is crap, why would you run the ball? Arians can only work with what he's given. By the way, we won the Super Bowl that year. Yes, it was 2008.
Now this year people are saying our play calls are too predictable. In fact, people have said that they can predict Arians' plays before he calls them. If that's true (and I'll assume it is), this means opposing coordinators can do the same. Yet the Steelers have only lost thrice. The Steelers have beaten Baltimore once in these nine games, and almost everyone agrees they are a Super Bowl contender.
I think Arians is good at utilizing the people that he has. Not bad for an offensive coordinator. But now we come to why we should consider firing Bruce Arians. I don't think he's a bad coordnator, I just think there's someone better available. I am talking about Josh McDaniels.
This guy is simply phenomenal. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator that led the New England Patriots to that record breaking year. To be fair he had Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and more. Then there's the offensive line. The Steelers have a bad line, and the Patriots line has been rock solid for a long time.
This problem should soon go away. The Steelers have found their center, now they need to slowly add some other pieces on the line. They can try to sign Logan Mankins to a contract in the offseason, and then McDaniels can run his show the way he did in Foxborough. As for receivers and running backs, the Steelers are loaded.
However, if McDaniels takes this job, we may be required to pay him around $3.75 million per year to make it worth his while. Although I don't know the details of his contract, most contracts say if he gets another job in the NFL they won't pay him another dime once that job starts. He's owed $3.75 million per year for two years. That's a lot of money for an offensive coordinator. But then again, he did learn under Bill Belichick. So the question is will McDaniels take such a job?
Also, for those of you who want Bruce Arians fired, I would like to inform you his contract runs out at the end of this year.