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Arians got “a heck of a feeling” about Cards job

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Unlike many franchises, the Cardinals are open about the candidates they’re bringing in for job interviews, and willing to parade them in front of the local media.

Today’s candidate was Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and he said he got a good impression from his visit to the desert.

“I told my agent early, when he was setting up interviews, ‘I’m going to have to have a heck of a feeling about that organization, owner, general manager, team, to leave where I am right now,’” Arians said, via the team’s official website.

Asked if he got that feeling from the Cardinals, Arians replied: “Yes I do.”

Whether that translates to a job offer remains to be seen.

The Cards are holding the last open job, and they’ve talked to their own defensive coordinator Ray Horton, along with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Arians said he learned a lot from his year as interim head coach with the Colts, and said of the top job: “it’s not as hard as it’s supposed to be.”

Of course, it would be a lot harder with Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer than it would with Andrew Luck.

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20 Responses to “Arians got “a heck of a feeling” about Cards job”
  1. ar1888 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    As a Colts fan I have a bad feeling Bruce will be making a huge mistake if he takes this job.

  2. FinFan68 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:36 PM

    Of course he did. It’s the only HC job left, right?

  3. ajschn06 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:38 PM

    After what transpired with the Colts this year, how was this guy not the first candidate off the board?

  4. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 17, 2013 4:45 PM

    So Cards hired Wizenhunt, Russ Grimm, Ray Horton, Deahea Townsend, interviewed Todd Haley and intend to hire Bruce Arians.

    They also employed Joey Porter, Clark Haggans, Bryant McFadden, William Gay, Sean Morey, Nick Eason and Crezdon Butler.

    Does anyone else see a pattern here?

  5. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:46 PM

    I feel badly for you, Bruce.

    The only time the Cardinals have ever been successful is when Kurt Warner was traded to them as a back-up. Warner made the Cardinals, not the other way around. What a glorious history.

  6. jjb0811 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:49 PM

    Besides 1 year the cards have NEVER done anything in their 70+ years of existence. If i was a coordinator I’d never apply to be their HC it’s a well known death trap.

  7. dadawg77 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    With the numbers jobs limited to 32, if offered it would be a mistake not to take the job especially as its the last one available. A four year deal would set him up for life no matter how much success he has there.

  8. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Jan 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    both wisenhunt and arians lived and raised in my hometown of York Pennsylvania so it would be awesome to have one York native replacing the other one

  9. comeonnowguys says: Jan 17, 2013 4:53 PM

    Unless he feels the Colts offense can’t improve next year, I’m not sure how this would be a favorable move.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2013 4:55 PM

    Cards aren’t the worst situation to go to as a coach. But far from the best. It’s kind of like Football Heck.

  11. gbrim says: Jan 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    New GM who is known as a good talent evaluator, young Bidwill spends money (despite the family reputation otherwise)—if ownership has patience and recognizes this is a rebuild in a tough division it could be worth a try. The key is upgrading the talent level which won’t happen overnight.

  12. arlingtonsynn says: Jan 17, 2013 5:11 PM

    Best of luck to Arians as he is a good guy and a good coach, but if losing him means the Colts get Moore as the OC then I am all for it.

  13. azqfan says: Jan 17, 2013 5:13 PM


    Let me correct you. Warner was not traded to the Cards as a backup. He was signed as a free agent to be the starter, under Denny Green, and he was.

  14. diehardcard says: Jan 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    WE WANT RAY. We don’t want another former Steeler OC that insists on calling his own plays. NO.

    They’re GOING to hire him though. I’m convinced. Nothing has changed in their thinking. They promoted Keim, the in-house guy that has been there for 15 years. They will hire Arians, who will fire Ray. They won’t draft a QB, but they won’t get the best O-lineman either. They’ll take the second best after the best gets taken a few picks before them, just like they did with Levi Brown. They’ll sign another scrap heap QB like they did with Esiason, Kreig, McMahon, Schroeder, King, Anderson, Beuerlein, Blake, and Warner, hoping to duplicate Warner’s success. They’ll win 4-6 games like they always do. I’m starting to think going to the Super Bowl was the worst thing that could have happened. It convinced the Bidwell’s that their philosophy was correct, when it isn’t. They just got lucky with Warner.

  15. jtt183 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:18 PM

    Don’t do it, the Seahawks, Rams, and Niners are killing it. Cards are going to be #4 for another decade!

  16. seacab1972 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:31 PM

    Bruce you deserve a better 1st opportunity than this. Wait until next year, but reach out on how you can get better on your interviews so you can get the 1st option not the last one.

  17. JackAcid says: Jan 17, 2013 5:56 PM

    This Arians really include “owner” in his praise?

  18. BigRedRulesDaRoost says: Jan 17, 2013 6:29 PM



    Whisenhunt is from Georgia Born in Atlanta and went to High School in Georgia

  19. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 17, 2013 6:43 PM

    I feel bad for Larry Fitzgerald. Arians should stay in Indy, I don’t think he really wants to go coach this mess.

  20. larrydavidstern says: Jan 17, 2013 8:26 PM

    What Arians did this year was a nice story, but the guy is a coordinator. He’ll be fired in 3 years if hired.

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