Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made the final decision to fire then-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in 2011, according to Andrea Kremer of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Immediately after the firing, the Steelers announced that Arians, who is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, was retiring from the game.
In reality, Arians did not step aside willingly.
“We did contact the Steelers, and we asked them if they had a comment on this,” Kremer said on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “And they said, ‘Look, this is ancient history for us. Mike’s already talked about this.’ But [they] made it clear that this was Mike Tomlin’s decision, to fire Bruce Arians.”
The full interview with Arians will air Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.