Steelers expected to add ex-Browns coordinator

Steelers Coach Bill Cowher is expected to make additions to his coaching staff late this week, possibly filling all four remaining openings.

The most noteworthy addition is expected to be Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns the last three years. He is expected to become the Steelers' wide receivers coach.

Arians, 51, was let go by the Browns after the team finished 29th in the league in scoring. The Browns averaged 15.9 points per game last season.

In his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Browns finished 31st, 23rd and 26th (2003) in yardage and 25th, 19th and 29th in points.

Arians has coached 28 years since winning the team MVP as quarterback at Virginia Tech in 1974. He coached under Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama before becoming head coach at Temple from 1983-88. During that time his Owls upset heavily favored Pitt in back-to-back years.

He became running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-92. It was during this time that he met Cowher, the Chiefs' defensive coordinator. Arians has coached 11 seasons in the NFL, including a three-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts as quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cowher is also expected to name University of Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple as the team's quarterbacks coach once he resigns his current position. Whipple guided UMass to a Division 1-AA title in 1998.

The Steelers also have openings at tight ends coach and defensive backs coach.

Notes: Ray Horton, the Lions' defensive backs coach the past two seasons, is expected to take a similar job with the Steelers.

Mike Kruczek who had spoken with head coach Bill Cowher, but not formally interviewed for any positions has agreed to become the Arizona Cardinals' QB Coach. Kruczek was the backup quarterback for the Steelers for four years, including 1979 when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Steelers then turned to Whipple.

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