Art Rooney II has gotten his way.
That's not surprising. Rooney, after all, is the president of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The boss almost always gets his way. As a result, York High graduate Bruce Arians is out of a job.
Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin announced Friday that Arians had "retired" as the Steelers' offensive coordinator. That came as a surprise. Both Tomlin and Arians had indicated earlier that Arians would return next season. Almost immediately after the "retirement" announcement, reports from Pittsburgh and beyond shot holes in that announcement. Arians, it turns out, was forced out by Rooney.
Rooney had long expressed displeasure with Arians' heavy reliance on the pass game. Rooney, you see, wants the Steelers to return to their traditional run-oriented attack, with a bruising fullback (remember Eastern York grad Jon Witman) leading the way.
Arians had almost lost his job after the 2009 season when the Steelers went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. He barely survived -- with the support of Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- and helped the Steelers reach the 2011 Super Bowl. That was the Steelers' second Super Bowl appearance with Arians as the offensive coordinator. They won the Super Bowl in 2009 with Arians calling the plays.
That didn't matter to Rooney. He wanted Arians out. And he had the support of some very vocal members of Steeler Nation, who had been pleading for Arians' ouster for years.
It also doesn't seem to matter that the decision will leave the Steelers' most vital player -- Roethlisberger -- a very unhappy man. Arians and Roethlisberger have long been friends and are Georgia neighbors. Big Ben won't be happy to see Arians go.
Rooney also doesn't seem to care that he's swimming against the tide in the NFL, which has become a passing-dominated league in recent years. Rooney wants to run the ball more. Now the boss will get what he wants.
Arians, meanwhile, is unemployed -- for now. There are reports that other NFL teams -- most notably the Arizona Cardinals, who are looking for a QB coach -- are interested in the 59-year-old football lifer. If Arians wants a football job, he'll find one. But he may not want one. Arians had previously considered leaving coaching.
So don't feel sorry for Arians. He'll do just fine, whether he's coaching or enjoying retirement.
But you may want to feel sorry for Rooney and Arians' critics. They got their way, and that can be a dangerous thing. After all, they won't have Arians to kick around anymore.
Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com or at 854-1575, ext. 455.