On the Steelers: Bruce Arians Serves Up Crow

January 26, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Please excuse me for a moment while I step outside to verify that the sky isn't falling. 
Because, you see, forthwith I will say something that I have never said before (at least not that I can recall):  

Bruce Arians called a good game.  

If there has been a more vociferous critic of Arians' play-calling, I don't think I've met him yet. However, after being as objective as can be expected from a crazed partisan commentator, I must admit that Arians did a good job in the AFC Championship game. 
Not great, mind you, and certainly not perfect, but solidly good.  

Even though the offense did a less than stellar job of adjusting its strategy in the second half to counteract the change in approach by the Jets defense, I can think of only two or three plays in the entire game that seemed to me to be just plain bad calls.  

With the Steelers' 11th-ranked rushing offense going up against the Jets' third-ranked rushing defense ...

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