New Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says he knows the Cardinals can win a Super Bowl. In part because he was there when they almost did it.
Arians emphasized at his introductory press conference that winning the Super Bowl is his one and only goal, and he noted that the Cardinals almost won Super Bowl XLIII before the Steelers — with Arians as offensive coordinator — came back to beat them in the final seconds.
“A short time ago, this organization was 37 seconds away from the Super Bowl trophy. I just happened to be calling the plays on the other side. Got real lucky, too. That’s the excitement that we want to bring back. That’s our goal, and our only goal,” Arians said.
Arians described the team he plans to build as “smart, disciplined, fast, physical, accountable.” He also said he’ll be an emotional coach, and he got a bit choked up as he described the support his wife has given him in his coaching career.
“I’ve been waiting for this a long time,” Arians said. “This is our 15th move in this journey. A lot of people have lost their families along the way. Mine’s only gotten stronger.”
In a classy gesture, Arians made a point of mentioning former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who was reportedly angry that Arians beat him out for the head-coaching job. Arians acknowledged that Horton won’t be back in Arizona, but he said he believes Horton will be a good coach for someone next year and will be a good head coach somewhere, too.
“Ray Horton, who is a dear friend — and I value his friendship — great coach,” Arians said. “I wish him the best in his next job, he is a great coach and he should be a head coach in the National Football League very soon.”
Asked what he learned from being the Colts’ interim head coach last season, Arians answered, “The biggest thing is I can do it.” Now he’ll see if he can do something no coach has done with the Cardinals, and win a Super Bowl.