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Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians might not return to the Steelers for the 2012 season, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
It's unclear whether Arians is retiring or his contract is not being renewed, the paper reported. Arians, 57, is finishing the final year of his contract with Pittsburgh.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Arians would return a day after the Steelers' playoff loss at Denver. But team president Art Rooney II said this week that some members of the coaching staff were considering retirement, and Arians contemplated doing so after the 2010 season because of health problems.
Hensley's slant: Arians has taken some heat for transitioning the Steelers from a run-first offense to a pass-heavy one. His play-calling has been questionable at times but his results have been solid. The Steelers have ranked in the top half of the NFL in offense for three straight seasons. If this report is correct, it will be interesting to hear Ben Roethlisberger's reaction.
BENGALS: Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in Ohio and was ordered to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs. Jones, 28, was accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar in July. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the league’s official statement is that they will review it as it relates to the Personal Conduct Policy even though it took place during the lockout. Hensley's slant: My guess is this won't affect the Bengals because Jones will be elsewhere next season. He is a free agent, and the Bengals will probably want to upgrade this position through the draft. It doesn't help Jones that the lasting image is him getting beat by Andre Johnson in the playoff loss at Houston.
BROWNS: The Cleveland Plain Dealer insinuated that the hiring of Nolan Cromwell as a senior offensive assistant could be an indication of the team's next offensive coordinator. Before Cromwell was the Rams receivers coach, he was the offensive coordinator for two years at Texas A&M under Mike Sherman, who is a "presumed candidate" for the Browns' offensive coordinator position. Hensley's slant: Sherman would be a strong hire as offensive coordinator, but he would only be available if he loses out on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' heading coaching position. That could be a big "if." Sherman would be a logical hire in Tampa because his disciplinarian style would be opposite to the one of former coach Raheem Morris.
RAVENS: There will continuing coverage of the Ravens as they prepare for Sunday's AFC championship game. On Wednesday, there was a column on Joe Flacco and a blog on Terrell Suggs saying he has moved past his feud with Tom Brady.