According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers re-signed Arians to a one-year contract. His previous deal expired after the season, though he was fully expected to re-up for a fifth season in 2011, though he did contemplate retirement.
After working as Peyton Manning’s quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis, Arians got his big break with the Cleveland Browns as their offensive coordinator. He spent two seasons there before former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher brought him aboard to coach wide receivers. He was named the Steelers’ offensive coordinator in 2007 and has held the position since.
Arians’ offenses have generally ranked well, ranging anywhere from 22nd to 7th overall. In 2010, Pittsburgh’s offense finished 14th overall and 12th in scoring; and that’s without his star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for the first four games of the season. Despite a shaky offensive line, Arian led an offense that was good enough to carry the team all the way to Super Bowl XLV.
Moving forward, Pitt’s offense should remain consistent in 2011. They’ll never be a powerhouse like the Patriots or Saints, but with a good running attack – coupled with a borderline Hall of Famer in Roethlisberger – it should be enough to keep the team in contention for another shot at the Lombardi Trophy.