After interviewing with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Bruce Arians was offered the head coaching position. He accepted and is now heading to the NFC West.
Arians replaces Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired by the Cardinals after a disastrous season that saw the team miss the playoffs for the third straight season. Arizona was the last team to find a head coach after Chip Kelly accepted the Eagles job earlier this week.
Arians is an offensive minded coach known for his quarterback expertise. As the Steelers offensive coordinator, he turned Ben Roethlisberger into an elite player. Last year in Indianapolis, he successfully coached rookie Andrew Luck to the playoffs.
In Arizona, Arians may have his toughest quarterback task yet. Over the last two seasons, no team has changed quarterback as many times as the Cardinals. They tried trading for Kevin Kolb to solve the problem, but injuries have mostly kept him off the field.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport broke the story. The contract is rumored to be four years with an option for a fifth.
The signing is great news for Arizona. Not long ago Arians was quoted saying:
“I have a pretty good job sitting back in Indianapolis. Do I want to be a head coach? Definitely. But just to be one? No.”
He must of liked what Arizona pitched. As for the Cardinals, they have a possible coach of the year candidate in Arians for his work in Indy. Not many head coaches get into the playoffs with a rookie quarterback, running back, and tight end. Arians was an interim head coach, working in place of Chuck Pagano while he beats cancer.
What do you think? Is Bruce Arians the right man for the job in Arizona?