Steelers Coach Tomlin Ready to Make Changes on His Staff?

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There’s been plenty of rumors over the last 24 hours about what route the Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin will take with the coordinators as they head into the offseason. There’s two names that continue to pop up when it comes to guys that may not be around in 2010 – special teams coach Bob Ligashesky and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

The call to get rid of Arians has picked up a lot more steam since the end of the year, as 1250 ESPN is stating that Tomlin is ready to dump Arians. This is interesting since Ben Roethlisberger threw for a team record 4238 yards and 26 touchdowns, Rashard Mendenhall ran for 1108 yards and 7 scores, and two wide outs (Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward) each went over 1,000 yards receiving.

As far as Ligashesky, there’s a lot more evidence that he should be dumped. The special teams was awful, allowing four kickoff returns for touchdowns this season. They also were last in the NFL in opponents’ starting field position (31.3) following a kickoff.

A former Steeler name is out there, Bobby April, and he would be a great fit to take over the special teams. He was let go in the Bills coaching dismissal on Monday. The team also tried a bunch of moves roster wise to try and get the special teams better, but that failed as well.

So what will Tomlin do? He should for sure go out and get someone to replace Ligashesky. This unit was simply terrible, and it was almost a joke to see guys running through the Steelers special teams. As for Arians, I know a ton of the fan base wants him gone, but the teams numbers speak for themselves, and to me, it was more the defense’s fault for 7 losses than the offenses. They averaged 23 points per game, and he and Roethlisberger have a good relationship.

In the end though, it’s up to Tomlin, and it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.


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