NFL Coaching Rumors Roundup: Latest On Bruce Arians, Vance Joseph, And More

Ross Houston
January 1, 2018

Arians coached his final game on Sunday when the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-24 to close the season.

Arians reportedly informed his coaching staff in a meeting on Monday morning in a closed-door meeting followed by his press conference. He took the team to the NFC Championship Game in 2015.

PFW's Hub Arkush previously wrote that Arians, who is less than two seasons removed from taking the Cardinals to the NFC title game with a 13-3 team in 2015, would have "an amicable split" with the team and that he would be taking "a hiatus from coaching". This past year both Carson Palmer and superstar running back David Johnson were lost for the season due to injuries, along with seemingly countless others.


Arians, 65, leaves the Cardinals as the winningest coach in franchise history with a 50-32-1 record (including playoffs). Arians had a good run in Arizona, but the Cardinals missed their window of opportunity to hoist a Vince Lombardi Trophy. He helped guide the Steelers past the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII when he was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.

The NFL regular season is over after a Sunday jam-packed with 16 games.

Now the coaching search will begin for general manager Steve Keim.


Arians has battled health issues in recent years, and with the Cardinals facing the possibility of big changes on the roster this offseason a rebuild probably doesn't suit him.

By 9 a.m. Monday morning, four National Football League head coaches were fired: Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions), Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts), John Fox (Chicago Bears), and Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders).

Del Rio was sacked after Oakland posted a disappointing 6-10 this season, one year after a breakout campaign that saw the Raiders reach the playoffs. The second was after Arians experienced chest pains upon landing back in Arizona after a loss at Minnesota in Week 11.


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