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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Arians thankful Steelers let him go

By Jamison Hensley

It's that time of year when players and coaches are asked what they are thankful for. The standard response is children, wives or the opportunity to play in the NFL. One time, I heard a player say it was his car.

But Colts interim coach Bruce Arians delivered a response that has drawn a lot of attention.

“Oh gosh. I’m thankful for the Pittsburgh Steelers letting me go to be here," he said. "Truthfully, I couldn’t think of a better place to be at this point in time and to have felt more needed probably in my entire life. So, thank you, Pittsburgh.”

Arians' run with the Steelers didn't end well at the end of last season. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin originally announced that Arians was retiring. A few days later, Arians revealed that his contract wasn't renewed.

The Steelers parted ways with Arians because they were disappointed in the direction of the offense. In Arians' last three seasons, the Steelers ranked 12th in scoring in 2009 and 2010 and fell to 21st in 2011. In their first season with new coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers rank 19th in scoring.