Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made a recent statement about his future in the NFL and though it’s not a declaration of immediate retirement, it suggests that the end of his coaching career may be on the horizon.
Arians said in a recent interview with The Arizona Republic that whenever he inevitably decides to step away from his current position, it’ll be the end of the road. The fourth-year coach of the Cardinals will retire from the game when he and his club decide to part ways. It’s certainly not due to a lack of performance, as Arizona reached the NFL Championship game last season, but simply a knowledge of his own physical and mental capabilities moving forward.
He’s fostered a championship-or-bust attitude in Arizona and given the overall talent on their roster, they’re certainly one of the favorites to reach Super Bowl LI next February. He’s energized a fanbase that historically speaking, has seen little success. The franchise has two league championships (1925 and 1947 as the Chicago Cardinals) but only one Super Bowl appearance (27-23 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII). In fact, they’ve only seen the postseason eight times during the Super Bowl era. Two of those appearances are under Arians.
Arians has enjoyed three separate stints in the NFL, starting in 1989 as a running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. He broke back into the league for the third time in 1998 and worked his way from position coach to offensive coordinator to interim head coach before he ultimately took the Cardinals’ head coaching position. He won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh — one as a receivers coach and one as the offensive coordinator.
Arizona has been given 14:1 post-draft odds to win Super Bowl LI. The Seattle Seahawks, who are NFC West division rivals, are the favorites to win the championship.