Former Steelers coach controversy: 'Trust, loyalty, respect ... not on their jerseys'

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is considered one of the best in the NFL.

After leading the Indianapolis Colts after head coach Chuck Pagano was out undergoing cancer treatment, Arians moved to Arizona and has won the NFL Coach of the Year award twice.

One of his former teams wasn't so high on him - the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians supposedly retired at the end of the 2011 season, but when he immediately took the offensive coordinator position with Indianapolis, it was obviously not the case.

Andrea Kremer interviewed Arians for HBO's Real Sports. The belief was the Steelers front office wanted Arians out and the team's head coach, Mike Tomlin, was only messenger. The Steelers told Kremer otherwise.

"We did contact the Steelers and we asked them if they had a comment on this," Kremer told NBCSports' ProFootballTalk." (They) made it clear that this was Mike Tomlin's decision, to fire Bruce Arians."

Arians said he felt Tomlin's hands were tied until Tomlin received a contract extension shortly after Arians was fired.

The Cardinals team t-shirts carry words: trust, loyalty, respect. Arians told Kremer, "Yeah, well those are words that I don't think are on the Steelers' jerseys."

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