Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Cardinals HC Bruce Arians intends to return for the 2017 season, despite lingering concerns about his health and rumors that he could retire.
- Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Arians is “intensely loyal” to his coaching staff and wants to stay for them.
- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source with knowledge of the situation, reported that Arians is already making plans for offseason activities such as OTAs, free agency meetings, draft meetings, and Scouting Combine preparation and is not expected to a retire next year
- Florio’s source mentioned that what Arians is saying publicly and privately contradicts the rumors he could be weighing retirement.
- Instead, Florio believes the retirement rumors regarding Arians stem from media members taking “educated guesses” and trying to be first on a story.
Arians recently denied the report from this past weekend that mentioned he could contemplate retirement following this season.
“Couldn’t be anything further from the truth,” said Arians of the report during an interview with “Bickley & Marotta” on Arizona sports radio. “I’m looking forward to finishing this year and damn sure coaching next year.”
The report from CBS Sports mentioned that some in the coaching community expect Arians to considering retiring after the season due to health concerns.
Arian has experienced two health scares this season and report said that he has talked of fearing for his life at times in past years due to health complications. Arians latest health scare was related to chest pains and before that he was hospitalized due to complications with Crohn’s disease.
Arians, 63, was hired by the Cardinals back in 2013 after he filled in for Colts HC Chuck Pagano while he was fighting cancer and managed to win Coach of the Year. During his four years with the Cardinals, Arians has led them to a record of 40-22-1 (64.3 percent), which includes two playoff appearances and a trip to the NFC Championship game last year.
We’ll have more regarding Arians as the news is available.