A team source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Arizona Cardinals have hired Bruce Arians to be the franchise’s next head coach. Arians led the Indianapolis Colts to a 9-3 record while Head Coach Chuck Pagano received treatment for leukemia.
The Cardinals interviewed Seattle Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell on Wednesday and Arians Thursday. After a thorough search, President Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim have to feel confident they have made the right decision. He signed a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth year, according to Schefter.
Arians was the offensive coordinator after Ken Whisenhunt left the Pittsburgh Steelers, but says he will run an offense that will resemble what he was using while working with the Cleveland Browns. He believes it’s the simplest way to lineup receivers in an offense. Simplicity is exactly what the Cardinals need. They have to completely rebuild how they play football on the offensive side of the ball, and it seems Arians is up for the task.
Arians did not comment on his staff, so the future of DC Ray Horton is unclear. However, he did not throw out the idea of working with him. Horton was supposed to be on the radar for a lot of teams, but that was not the case. Teams may have been thinking he had the position in Arizona locked down and did not go after him. He might not pleased about the hiring and leave Arizona as soon as he can.
Fans are happy the Cardinals have finally chose a new head coach. It was a long process and it looks like the team picked the best available candidate.
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