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Bruce Arians: Opportunity with Cards “is special”

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Arizona Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians said he would have to “have a heck of a feeling” about an organization to leave his post as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

The Cardinals apparently were a franchise that gave Arians that feeling as he accepted the job the Thursday evening. Arians agreed to a four-year contract with the Cardinals with a team option for a fifth year.

There’s so much excitement. The more I got to meet with everyone here, the more excited I got about the opportunity and knew it was the right fit for me. Like I said, it was going to take something special for me to leave Indianapolis and this is special,” Arians said, via the team’s official website.

Arians served as interim head coach of the Colts for most of last season as head coach Chuck Pagano battled leukemia. The Colts improved from 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 this season and a Wild Card berth. Now Arians gets the chance to have a head coaching job all to his own.

“I never thought it was going to come and I appreciate it so much,” Arians said. “I’ll give it every single thing I have and the passion and the energy that I bring to this is something I love to do and we’ll do it every single day as hard as we can do it.”

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  1. Canyonero says: Jan 18, 2013 12:03 AM

    His retirement is going well

  2. stevequinn says: Jan 18, 2013 12:04 AM

    His “heck of a feeling” must have been nausea.

  3. coltsluckdynasty says: Jan 18, 2013 12:07 AM

    It’s funny that the steelers fans seemed so happy to get rid of this guy a year ago. All we heard was watch, all you’ll get is bubble screens, and dump off passes. Well, guess what, Pittsburgh didn’t make the playoffs, the colts did, with a rookie quarterback, and an interim head coach. Good luck Arians, maybe you can get the max out of fitz, just like old Reggie! Arizona got them a winner!!!!

  4. carnival88 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:09 AM

    Please get Fitz a QB. I’m not even a Cards fan, but it pains me that such a talent is going to waste.

  5. norcalcard says: Jan 18, 2013 12:09 AM

    Hey perfect. We have our own Luck here. It’s ..just..all..bad..

  6. mittywalter says: Jan 18, 2013 12:11 AM

    Good for Arians and good for the Cardinals.

    Losing Horton is regrettable, but he wasn’t the HC choice and would have left next year anyway. Plus he’s only been a DC two seasons.

  7. birdfancardinalshawkeyes says: Jan 18, 2013 12:14 AM

    Let’s see if he feels that way after 3 – 5 years of top 3 draft picks. With Horton wanting out, the defense will suck now, too. Bidwill screwed the pooch on this one.

  8. delusionalcardsfan says: Jan 18, 2013 12:14 AM

    Too bad the Cards couldn’t have kept Horton on the staff. I would have been happier with Horton as HC and Norv as the OC. Now they need to get Juan Castillo for that Pop Warner offensive line.

  9. crj202 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:15 AM

    Congrats to Bruce, well deserved. But he may have been hired and fired in the same day, depending on how the D holds up after letting Horton go.

  10. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 18, 2013 12:15 AM

    I don’t think we say “special” anymore.

    I think the term is “exceptional” or “differently abled”.

    But either way, I agree. The Cards job is definitely that.

  11. dtlb58 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:16 AM

    I hope this doesn’t impede the development of Andrew Luck, because believe it or not coaches and system that they are in really do make a heck of a difference.
    Good luck Bruce, you deserve this!

  12. beardinals says: Jan 18, 2013 12:18 AM

    He and his staff had better make some magic next year. The Horton situation has a lot of fans up in arms.

  13. ravenmuscle says: Jan 18, 2013 12:19 AM

    Its special all right…Arians must be really willing to work on THE CHEAP….we all know the Bidwells

  14. cfrs15 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:24 AM

    The Cardinals got the guy that everyone else interviewed and passed on.

  15. davepol says: Jan 18, 2013 12:28 AM

    Phoenix, where ex-Steelers go to die.

  16. mackcarrington says: Jan 18, 2013 12:49 AM

    Seems to me the bigger story is that he is bringing Andrew Luck with him to Arizona.

  17. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 18, 2013 12:51 AM

    I’m a 6th years Cardinals season ticket holder. Glad we got a guy who seems to understand offense, though I am not sure losing Ray Horton for Todd Bowles is going to be worth it. If we see a decline in the Defense next season we will all know why.

  18. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Jan 18, 2013 12:57 AM

    This is my favorite hire so far this offseason. who woulda thought the Cards would make the smartest hire. He can lead a team as he showed last season. Get him a QB and a decent rb and this team could be a wildcard contender at least next year. I bet Fitz is throwin a party right now

  19. jibberator says: Jan 18, 2013 1:14 AM

    Between the Niners and the Seahawks and the up and coming Rams I dont see the cards being relevant anytime soon. I guess we’ll see. sorry dude.

  20. realfootballfan says: Jan 18, 2013 1:28 AM

    Translation, it’s the only place I will ever get this shot. Isn’t that the same thing?

  21. crosberger says: Jan 18, 2013 1:31 AM

    Is it just me, or is it totally bizarre that Arizona fires one ex-Steelers offensive coordinator as head coach, only to replace him with another ex-Steelers offensive coordinator?

  22. jimiinpa says: Jan 18, 2013 1:35 AM

    yeah special , one of the worst owenerships in the nfl , going back to St. Louis days. the bidwell’s can always be counted on to make the worst moves. i truily feel bad for the Airz. fanbase and anyone who has to work for them.

  23. londonfletcher59 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:38 AM

    The Colts went from 2-14 to 11-5 because they tanked games to get Luck, not because they were better coached this year.

  24. icardfan says: Jan 18, 2013 2:07 AM

    Welcome to the Cardinals coach! Lets turn this thing around!

  25. redbirds85 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:30 AM

    Hate to see us lose Horton, but look how hes going about it! Pushing his way out throwing a fit? Speaks to his maturity level. Horton isnt ready to be a HC! If he was he would have been hired by one of the eight teams that were looking for a new one. Cards gotta do whats best for the Cards. Not Ray Horton.

  26. ty46 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:42 AM

    Arians will be fired after 1 or 2 years. Cards have no OL and QB and now no DC… Arians’ system gets his QBs killed even behind better OL.

  27. jeremycrowhurst says: Jan 18, 2013 3:09 AM

    “Special”? Win 46 games and you’ll be the winningest coach in the team’s 93 year history. “Special” isn’t the word, Bruce.

  28. RUAHORNH8R says: Jan 18, 2013 3:11 AM

    Class act all the way! Good choice for the Cards! With a Real QB , this team could go places,

  29. travel4football says: Jan 18, 2013 3:20 AM

    Congratulations to work for the worst NFL organization of all-time.

  30. theuglitruth says: Jan 18, 2013 4:03 AM

    Excitement? By the sounds of it the Cardinals fans want to burn down the stadium because it is rumored that Arians will chose Bowles over Horton.

  31. ambitoos says: Jan 18, 2013 4:50 AM

    All these head coaches must have a standard line that they use. They all sound the same.

  32. jclu7188 says: Jan 18, 2013 4:56 AM

    They replace 1 steeler oc with another steeler oc. i don’t know how i think about that.

  33. jharmon64 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:04 AM

    Huge mistake for the Cardinals.

    And now the DC is gone too.

    Yikes.

  34. wayne1693 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:14 AM

    Bruce is an amazing guy, who led the Colts through an incredible & emotional season. I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this opportunity, & if he is not Coach-of-the-Year…the basic definition of the term needs to be re-written.

  35. TeamBalco says: Jan 18, 2013 6:05 AM

    Guess where Rob Ryan is headed next?

  36. ravenmuscle says: Jan 18, 2013 6:29 AM

    I wonder where Fitzgerald will wind up playing next year….Arizona is a graveyard.

  37. jagsfan1 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:31 AM

    Bruce – congrats and all – you did a spectacular job this year…but the only thing “special” about the Cards Head Coach gig is that it is 1 of only 32.

    I am sure you already are well aware of how “special” the qb’s are over there…good luck witdat

  38. myopiccoltsfan says: Jan 18, 2013 6:42 AM

    good luck BA wish you all the best. we are going to miss you here in Indy. God bless

  39. mungman69 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:55 AM

    Well, Arizona does have a ton of quarterbacks to choose from. Good luck, Bruce. Luck, get it?

  40. csilojohnson says: Jan 18, 2013 7:00 AM

    Poor Fitzgerald. He just can’t catch a break.

  41. nnagi says: Jan 18, 2013 7:05 AM

    special? yeah right, it’s the cardinals, they probably underpaid you and there’s no qb to work with, i don’t know if it’s special – but it’s something – good luck, you’re gonna need it

  42. Joe says: Jan 18, 2013 7:19 AM

    This is a bad lapse in judgment. I’d much rather see Bruce help lead the Colts even further the next year or two, then take a job with an actual quarterback on the roster. The Cardinals job is a no-win situation.

  43. musicman495 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:02 AM

    It was special for the last ten guys they fired, too.

  44. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 18, 2013 8:18 AM

    Good things do happen to good people in this business. Good for Arizona. Good for Bruce Arians. I hope he is successful He has paid his dues.

  45. cardsfann1 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:19 AM

    Can he please bring Andrew Luck with him too???

  46. bigbabies says: Jan 18, 2013 8:34 AM

    He’s way better as a Head Coach then as an OC.

  47. pdmjr says: Jan 18, 2013 8:56 AM

    Rooneys are furious with this

  48. jacunn2000 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:05 AM

    Sounds like the “Church Lady” from SNL.

  49. ickky says: Jan 18, 2013 9:06 AM

    Hey Bruce.
    You should consider trading Fitz to the Vikes

  50. atomicpunk says: Jan 18, 2013 9:09 AM

    I would like to know what has changed in AZ to be excited about? Hopefully a new young GM and open up there pocket book I will believe it when I see it. I think a chance at being a head coach will have at least 3 years to prove himself then there is the weather and lifestyle AZ VS. INDY

  51. clssylssy says: Jan 18, 2013 9:15 AM

    Wait till he meets the fans…whatever “excitement” he thought he felt, he may discover to fleeting as this fan base is tougher than any in the league. However, this will, no doubt, be temporary as Bidwill trys to get the egg off his face and find a younger “football guy” who is connected. Bidwill’s interpersonal clumsiness has cost the Cardinals their defensive coordinator, who the fans AND players respected and were fond of and if Goodell wants a team in LA, the Cards are ripe for the taking as Arizona fans are fed up with Bidwill!

  52. skoodsports says: Jan 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    Cardinals fire Ken Whisenhunt (former Steelers OC)
    Cardinals flirt with Todd Haley (current Steelers OC)
    Cardinals hire Bruce Arians (former Steelers OC)

    Pretty consistent on their hires.

  53. waltrd says: Jan 18, 2013 9:29 AM

    I’m sure Arians will give all that he can give to this job. The question is whether the owners and front office will do same to help a good person and coach turn the Cardinal situation around.

  54. brutus9448 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:33 AM

    Who would want to stay an assistant while they can be a HC in NFL. He was gonna leave the colts for any NFL head coach job.

  55. dankinator says: Jan 18, 2013 9:38 AM

    This seemed to have gone bad to worse. They fire the only bright spot they had in coaching in Ray Horton and bring in a guy that went 1-9 with his defense that he claimed he could fix.

    I hate to see this. I really think this team deserves better than what they’re getting.

  56. psilenttype says: Jan 18, 2013 10:01 AM

    This was the worst job on the market! A team that is at the bottom of the pack of an established NFC West. Offense that was the league’s worst, and a team where there is no apparant QB now or in the future including the upcoming draft!

    Bad, bad, bad job! Should stayed with the Colts and waited for a better oppurtunity!

  57. dprouse says: Jan 18, 2013 10:13 AM

    I’m torn on this one. Arians is an excellent coach who has clearly paid his dues, but at the same time I can’t shake the feeling that Ray Horton got shafted. I also hate the fact that not one minority candidate was hired for any of the eight openings.

  58. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    What is it about the Cardinals, always picking up the Steelers cast-offs?

  59. gochargersgo says: Jan 18, 2013 10:54 AM

    More like special education.

  60. granadafan says: Jan 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    He’s deserved this chance after the job he did with the Colts, taking over the coaching job unexpectedly. Of course, he doesn’t have a franchise QB either.

  61. olcap says: Jan 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    This guy isn’t a great, or even good coach. The Cardinals will find this out soon enough.

    Look, the guy stepped in as interim coach with Indy, who just happened to have Andrew Luck as their new QB. That doesn’t speak to his caoching ability, it speaks to being in the right place at the right time. It just creates this sense that he can do more than he actually can, which isn’t much.

  62. sinisterg says: Jan 18, 2013 11:24 AM

    Hey RAY , Just so you know most Cards fans wanted you for the HC , we wanted you to saty for the DC..

    Thanks for all you have done and good luck where ever you go! I hop you have an opportunity to play the cards and DESTROY them every time!

  63. smushrodriguez says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    Short bus special

  64. bobhpine says: Jan 18, 2013 11:53 AM

    When Arians is fired and Todd Haley gets this job that will make three straight former Steelers offensive coordinators to coach this pathetic team.

  65. cbass59 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:02 PM

    I sincerely wish Arians the best and I’m happy he did well in Indy.

    What many seem to forget is he wasn’t a good fit for Pittsburgh. His play calling in the red zone was terrible/predictable and pretty much ended up in a FG. I’m not saying Haley is the best replacement, but the offense was producing until Ben got hurt vs. KC.

    Not to take away what Arians did but he walked into a great situation. Colts were awesome in 2010, lost Peyton and stunk on 2011, then had the best replacement possible in 2012 (the #1 pick in the draft). So it’s not as if Arians turned around a program that was in shambles. The Colts lost the one player they could not lose, the player they put all their money towards, and they lost that player for a whole season. All that offense needed was a good QB and they got a great one.

    Still, this has little to do with him being successful at head coach. As we seen, some are better coordinators than coaches (LeBeau for instance) and some are better HC’s than coordinators. We’ll see which one Arians fits into.

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