Pro Football Weekly exclusively reported last week that Bruce Arians would be stepping down as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Now others are jumping in on this story.
ESPN wrote Sunday that Arians, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, likely will step away from the game after this season, although he reportedly has not yet informed the team of these plans. The ESPN report added that Arians will make his final decision following Sunday's season finale against the Seattle Seahawks, after discussing things with his wife.
If the assumption in that report is that he hasn't previously discussed his thoughts about retirement, then it's fairly absurd. Arians, 65, has been in the NFL for more than 20 years and in coaching more than 40 total.
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."
In five seasons with the team, Arians amassed a record of 48-30-1 prior to the Week 17 game, with double-digit-victory teams his first three seasons there. Arians is tied with Ken Whisenhunt for most wins in Cardinals’ franchise history, and a win today would make Arians the all-time winningest head coach in franchise history.