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Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians retires

Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Arians

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks past offensive coordinator Bruce Arians during the NFL team’s practice in Pittsburgh Monday, April 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin searching for a new offensive coordinator after Bruce Arians has decided to walk away.

Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “I appreciate his efforts over the past five years as the team’s offensive coordinator and for helping lead our offense to new heights during his time with the Steelers. I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”

The 59-year-old Arians has been the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for the last five years and was the wide receivers coach for three years before that. He has also been an assistant with the Browns, Colts, Saints and Chiefs, and for several college teams.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said before the team’s playoff loss to the Broncos that he thinks it would be “crazy” for the Steelers to change the offense. So he’ll surely be hoping the team promotes someone from in-house to replace Arians.

Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was reportedly in line to be the next offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, but Wilson was badly injured in a fire at his home, and he likely will not be able to return to the team any time soon.