Bears, Eagles, Browns, Chargers all passed on Bruce Arians

AP

In 2013, Bruce Arians should have been the hottest head-coaching candidate in the NFL. A longtime well-respected assistant coach, Arians was coming off a strong year of leading the Colts on an interim basis while Chuck Pagano underwent cancer treatment.

But it turned out that Arians wasn’t such a hot candidate. As he recalled today, he interviewed with the Bears only to be told that he wouldn’t get the Chicago job — and then to learn that while he was interviewing in Chicago, three other teams that had asked him to interview had decided to move in another direction.

“While I was in Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Diego cancelled the interviews that we had set up,” Arians said, via Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. “I never got an answer [why they canceled], other than ‘Thanks, but no thanks. That day I was at the Bears, three of the teams decided to go in different directions. I was probably more disappointed because I thought I had the Bears job, and it was like a double-whammy.”

As it turned out, things worked out well for Arians: He got the Cardinals job and has done very well there, going 10-6 in his first year, 11-5 in his second year and now 11-2 in his third year.

It hasn’t worked out as well for the teams that passed on Arians. The Browns hired Rob Chudzinski, fired him after one season, and are now 3-10 in Mike Pettine’s second season. The Bears hired Marc Trestman, fired him after two seasons, and are now 5-8 in their first year with John Fox. The Chargers hired Mike McCoy, who is now 3-10 in his third season. The Eagles hired Chip Kelly, who is now 6-7 in his third season.

All four teams that snubbed Arians would have been better off hiring him. The Cardinals have to be happy they didn’t have to compete with any other team for Arians’ services.

100 responses to “Bears, Eagles, Browns, Chargers all passed on Bruce Arians

  1. As a Packer fan, I must thank Phil Emery for, well, a lot of things. Marc Trestman, lol. There’s no way we beat them 55-14 last year, if Arians is the head coach. Thanks, Phil.

  2. How on earth did Arians not get a head coaching job before? The man is phenomenal!

    On another note, I love all the attention Arizona is finally getting. Go Cards!

  3. slvrnblk72 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:06 PM
    are you kidding me? Pettine will easily finish in the top 32 for Coach of the Year

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    One of the best comments of the year

  4. Of all those teams mentioned, who has a decent QB? Coincidence? No.

    Let’s see how smart someone like Belichek is when Brady retires.

    QB makes your coaching tenure in today’s NFL

  5. The Chargers front office has made one laughable move after another since they decided to let the GM can Marty after going 14-2. All downhill after that realistically. The new GM is inept as well. McCoy was and is a bad hire. Unfortunately the GM still gets a say in his replacement. Without Rivers under contract the Chargers would be the West Coast Browns.

  6. slvrnblk72 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:06 PM
    are you kidding me? Pettine will easily finish in the top 32 for Coach of the Year

    I dunno about that. Do they count interim coaches in that? There are a couple “fill in’s” so he might finish behind them at 33 or 34.

  7. that’s a rather large assumption due to all the teams you mention having different rosters and management make up. He’s a very good coach, but to just say you could drop him in Cleveland and he’d go 10-6, 11-5, 11-2 is a bit of a stretch…

    Congrats to him, though, he’s making the most of it

  8. Seprix says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:07 PM
    How on earth did Arians not get a head coaching job before? The man is phenomenal!
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    Arians doesn’t exactly strike me as very much of a “yes man” kind of guy and that probably scared more than a few GMs.

    I agree though he is a great coach and is certainly entertaining to listen to.

  9. If Bruce had ended up with the browns he would be doing about as well as Pettine. The Browns franchise is rotten through and through, no coach, no player can step into a role there and help turn it around. They are just that bad.

  10. Coming off being named Coach of the Year as interim coach of the Colts, Arians ASKED JIMMY HASLAM FOR THE BROWNS JOB!! He had been “retired” by the Steelers a year earlier and told Haslam, who was a former minority owner of the Steelers and familiar with Arians, that HE WANTED TO BEAT THE STEELERS TWICE A YEAR. Haslam passed on him. Tells you everything you need to know about the Plant Manager of the Factory of Sadness. He already had a working relationship with the ONLY man in 15 years who has actually wanted, not settled for, the job. Thought he could do better with Chudsinski (who he fired 11 months later). Arians went and became Coach of the Year (for the 2nd time). There. is. no. hope.

  11. Bruce should be glad he didnt get any of those jobs, including the Browns. They are all dysfunctional with little front office support. He is doing a GREAT job but he also has a sharp GM acquire talent.

    Cant really see Bruce and Ray Farmer being on the same page about anything.

  12. Chargers heard Arians was looking for more than $12.00 an hour, figured someone at Walmart was probably getting laid off and would be available as a head coach.

  13. It starts up top, my Hawks have been very lucky for the past 16 years. Paul Allen has brought us much hope and success. I’m happy for Arizona, Keim and Arians seem to have the Cards headed in the right direction finally. We need another rival to fight us and keep us strong. The test will be finding a QB after Palmer is done (could be sooner than later). A good QB really does make a GM and coach look good

  14. The whole “he did it here, so he can do it anywhere” theory has been proven wrong time and time again in the NFL. He landed in the best spot for himself & the cardinals, so hats off to him. But don’t forget, at his only other previous head coaching position at Temple, (outside of this year, D-1’s equivalent to the Browns) he had an overall record of 27-39.

  15. Seemed like a slam dunk for the Bears. Offensive minded guy, with a history of success, and recent successful HC experience.

    But no, they dropped the ball, as they’re apt to do. Why? Because he failed their mock press conference, and the Bears were forcing some of their assistants on him. Ugh.

    No wonder they haven’t won squat since ’85.

  16. Arians went 9-1 with Carson Palmer last year.
    Then Palmer blew out his knee, and Arians had his chance to show what a great coach he is.
    He went 2-4, then one and done in the playoffs.
    A coach is as good as his QB.

  17. Thank you everybody! – signed a Lifelong 42 year Cardinal fan from Pennsylvania. (and its been a long forty two years until Kurt Warner came along)

  18. Bruce Arians was never a good offensive coordinator with the Steelers. People love to think the Steelers made a mistake but they didn’t. He could never get everything out of that offense and look what Todd Haley is doing. So as an offensive coordinator he was so-so but clearly he seems to be a fantastic head coach. So I think all sides won with his “retirement” from the Steelers.

  19. I’ve always kind of liked the Cardinals, but geez as a Panthers fan I’m starting to feel like the redheaded stepchild. Florio on my hometown radio telling Panther fans we should be scared. Totally ignored on the weekly accolades. Carolina is 13-0 and just destroyed a division opponent 38-0, and will more than likely have home field advantage throughout the playoffs….yeah Florio, we are shaking in our boots. Not.

  20. Of all those teams mentioned, who has a decent QB? Coincidence? No.

    Let’s see how smart someone like Belichek is when Brady retires.

    QB makes your coaching tenure in today’s NFL

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    Because belichek didn’t take the Browns to the playoffs. Because he didn’t win 11 games with a back up college qb who has done so great since leaving the Patriots. Move along.

  21. That’s their loss that they all passed on him. How could they not be impressed with the great job he did when Pagano was sick? I think he’s one of the best head coaches,hands down. He’s assembled a great team in Arizona. Browns and Chargers are toast,and the Bears and Eagles aren’t going anywhere either.

  22. Arians in Chicago could have been scary. Granted, his offense does sort of hang the quarterback out there to get hit a lot, but can you imagine Jay Cutler’s arm strength being paired up with that vertical offense? They could have been throwing for 5000 yards a year.

  23. And that goes to show you what incompetent morons are decision makers in inept NFL organizations. Has nothing to do with bad luck, its called stupid people in organizations making stupid decisions.

    The Eagles, Bears and #1 Browns are the 3 most inept overhyped organizations in the NFL.

    How Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer still have jobs is absolutely mind boggling. The Cleveland media is a joke with not hammering the Browns, instead, they kiss the Browns backsides and blame it on everything except the culprits. They want to worry about Johnny partying as a convenient diversion from Farmers horrible drafting and Pettines horrible coaching. Johnny is the only competitive player on that entire damn team that wants to win

  24. joeflaccosunibrow says: Dec 16, 2015 1:14 PM

    Of all those teams mentioned, who has a decent QB? Coincidence? No.

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    The Chargers have a top-tier QB. Which other QB has to make a decision and release the ball in .87 seconds? Furthermore, their visor-wearing milquetoast HC does NOTHING to inspire that team. A bad hire, plain and simple. Norv, Jr. you could say.

    The Bears QB is decent and John Fox will have them playing good ball soon enough. The Eagles QB is decent but you never know what you’re going to get with the Iggles game in and game out.

    I think it always comes down to fielding good players, really. Arizona has damn good players on BOTH sides of the ball and their record reflects that.

    SEA @ AZ for the NFC Championship should be exciting.

  25. That was the year that the Lions should’ve fired Schwartz in favor of Arians. It was clear that Schwartz was not a long term solution and Arians was clearly undervalued by the Steelers. The perpetually blind and loyal Lions organization always makes their move a few years too late and we know how that always works out.

  26. So tired of the Arians love, dude has been coach of the year twice. He is not even the best coach in his division. No love for the front office of the Seahawks or the coaching. Gimme a break with this love fest, tired of seeing the stuff on NFL network about him. He is good coach, but this is getting old. Carroll won at all levels, still not coach of the year, playoffs each year with Seattle, and a full roster turn over. Coaching ranks are Belichick, Carroll, then Riveria, then Arians.

  27. As a Bears fan, I am crying.
    The story told in the trib was the Rod Marinelli told Emery that he was willing to stay with the Bears if they hired Arians. He would not stay if they hired Trestman.
    Emery, with that info, hired Trestman.

    And the moral of the story is don’t hire someone based on who gives the best interview.

    BTW David Toub keeps getting passed over and he’d make a great HC.

  28. metrocritical says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:36 PM
    That was the year that the Lions should’ve fired Schwartz in favor of Arians. It was clear that Schwartz was not a long term solution and Arians was clearly undervalued by the Steelers. The perpetually blind and loyal Lions organization always makes their move a few years too late and we know how that always works out.
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    This^.

    So. Much. This.

  29. Let’s not forget, Carson Palmer was basically unwanted too. The Cards stole him from Oakland for a 6th round pick. Think about THAT. That’s insane. So the unwanted coach is handed an unwanted QB, and makes lemonade.

    A lot of the success in Arizona can be attributed to the fine ownership skills of Michael Bidwill, and the synergy with GM Steve Keim, who is exactly on the same page with Bruce. Keim deserves a ton of credit here too.

  30. To everyone saying a coach is only as good as his QB: to a certain point that’s true, but a coach can be worse than his QB. Palmer was on the Raiders previous to the Cardinals and that team sucked. Culter and the Bears are not as bad as they were under Trestman. A good coach can get the most out of his players, whether it’s by scheme, motivation, or prep. So to say Arians is doing well primarily because of Palmer is ridiculous.

  31. Meanwhile my Bills didn’t even consider interviewing him, hired the quitter Marrone, and are now stuck with stupid Rex. Man I really hate being a Bills fan.

  32. Great resume, but hasn’t won anything yet as an HC.

    Remember when Ken Whisenhunt looked like the next hot thing?

    Let’s reserve judgement until we see how the 2015 playoffs shake out. This is — what? — the second decent Cardinals team in the last 10 years?

    Slow your roll.

  33. My theory on why the Chargers passed even though both Arinas and Telesco were coming from the Colts and should have had a solid relationship is that Telesco was worried about the age gap. Being a young (even younger faced ) new GM I think he thought Arinas might get more respect and actually turn out to be the de-facto leader because of his experience. Who knows maybe Arinas treated him like a kid while at the colts. That’s the only excuse I can think of because to not even interview Arinas after what he did with the Colts is a crime. Especially if you had a previous relationship with him.

  34. Love Bruce Arians and his aerial attack, but this article is pure hindsight. He came from a team that had a SB QB and WRs. About 1/3 of the teams in the league have that at the most.

    The Browns should not have fired Chud and his OCs despite the record that year so the point was moot.

  35. Haslam gives Chud 1 year and Pettine 2. Lmao. And thats why the Browns are the Browns.

    Next thing they will do is get rid of their only draft pick in 15 years that cares about winning and plays his backside off every game the coach decides to play him and is worth something.

  36. “Bruce Ariens?!? Ya can keep him, here in da city of brotherly love we have the next Bill Walsh & Vince Lombardi” is what was being sung from the top of every building in whoville & the from the upper columns on the Ben Franklin Bridge when Chip Kelly “picked” Philadelphia. Philly would have gone crazy if Lurie had hired Bruce over Chip. It would have been Donovan instead of Ricky Williams all over again.

  37. Yeah, the Chargers passed on Arians, but we got a guy (McCoy) who has never been a HC before, a guy (Reich) who has never been an OC before, a guy (Pagano) who has never been a DC before, and a guy who was never a ST coach before

    Arians, a proven commodity, was available, but I figured getting a bunch of guys with no experience would be so much better.

    I know some of you are envious of the Chargers good luck, but that’s just too bad. We’re going to keep our coaches (3-9 so far this year) and we’re going to give each of them 3-year extensions. Sorry, they won’t be available. Please everybody, don’t be upset.

  38. MichaelEdits says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:44 PM

    All four of these teams passed on Arians and now all four teams suck. I wonder if these facts are somehow related…
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    You think?

    The problem with hiring coaches is the interviewer. The GM/owner is looking for a guy who won’t rock the boat (that is, a yes person). If your looking for a leader of overpaid spoiled brats you don’t hire a touchy-feely ‘yes’ coach. Sure, a guy with emotion is ok, but you want one who will take charge and has conviction to either sink or swim, not be a waffle house of indecision.
    Arians is a Bellichek clone…he gets underlooked players to play a stellar game, not by being the best, but the best at doing their job. Arizona is not laden with talent. They just execute well. And the QB problems he had last season when he went 2-4 were unfortunate, but seriously, he was down to his third string QB who had few reps. Look at teams with the 2nd string QBs right now…woeful doesn’t come close. Only Ostweiller has managed to perform, but then again, he just lost to Oakland.

  39. The central premise of this article is seriously flawed. Do you honestly think the Browns would be any better because of Bruce Arians? Yes, he is far and away a better coach than any of the bums the Browns have hired. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the Browns are and always will be a hot mess as long as Haslam owns the team. Of all the teams mentioned, only the Cardinals had the existing talent to do well, although a case could be made for Philly. And the unsung hero in this whole scenario is really Steve Keim. In football, it’s all about the team. And Arians wouldn’t be nearly as effective without Keim. Together they’ve put together a very good roster that can compete year in and year out, even with bad qb’s filling in for Palmer.

    Point is – the Browns would be terrible either way.

  40. deflatedfootballs says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:06 PM

    Bill Belichick won a playoff game with the Browns and got fired.. And all teams passed on him.

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    Not true. You only pass someone if you have a vacancy.

  41. Bruce Arians wanted to bring Todd Bowles with him to Chicago. Chicago wanted to keep some of their assistant coaches, manly so they would not have to buy out their contracts.

    So yes, when in the NFL where winning is everything, the Bears made a decision to save some money. Not even salary cap money, coaches salary money. In a billion dollar industry, they opted to squabble over peanuts.

    That made them go to Trestman. Who kept Mel Tucker, who maybe have been one of the worst DC’s in history. The huge loss to the Packers. Tucker had little talent BUT his defense was also often confused and unprepared. A bad combination that lead to the end of trestman, the gm, and the staff.

  42. Telesco hiring Arians would of made so much sense. I don’t get it. Spanos had to of been the one to say no to Arians and forced Telesco to go elsewhere for a coach. I just don’t see Telesco saying “Thanks, but no thanks.” to Arians after being in Indy with him.

  43. I was quite upset when Emery picked Trestman over Arians. Trestman? Seriously? On the other hand, I’m very happy for Arians. I think he’s a heck of a coach and he has deserved every bit of the success he’s had for the Cardinals. As to the Bears…thankfully the McCaskeys weren’t cheap this time and cleaned the house from all the clowns. Not sure yet who’s worse between Emery and Trestman, though.

  44. the monkey man – I completely disagree. Noone in Philly even knew who Chip Kelly was until the whole process began. It’s a football town….but not really a college football town. I’d say most of Philly would have been perfectly fine with the guy who is now coaching the Jags.

    Admittedly, at the time I wanted the Birds to hire Arians. He demonstrated success with the Colts that year as interim coach, had been a coach at the NFL level in multiple positions, was a seasoned vet at this level….there was a lot to like. I also liked the fact that he was cantankerous….reminded me a bit of Buddy Ryan.

    But it’s really such a crap shoot hiring a coach….and the QB he’s paired with can and does make or break the duration of his tenure. He’s a great coach, but it doesn’t hurt having Carson Palmer as your QB too.

  45. He’s better off, too. If I could have my pick of those cities to live in, I think I’d grab the chance to live in Scottsdale, AZ, myself.

  46. Is it really a foregone conclusion already that ALL 4 teams would have been better off with Arians? He’s had a very good 3 seasons so far yes, but Chip Kelly went 10-6 and 10-6 in his first 2 seasons and we’ll see how this season ends up. Arians probably gets the nod thus far, but he did have a ton of NFL experience before being hired by Arizona, and Chip Kelly is still learning the NFL game and is much younger than Arians btw. So maybe we just wait and see how their head coaching careers pan out?

  47. Bruce Arians……”Sam Bradford is blessed with a ton of athletic ability. I had him rated as one of the best ever to come out. He just got unlucky with injuries. But he’s beginning to flourish in that offense now.” 12/16/2015

    In Bradford’s last four starts, he has a 97.5 passer rating, a 65.2 completion percentage, five TD passes and just one interception, which, if referee Ed Hochuli had been wearing his glasses on Sunday, wouldn’t have been an interception.

    In his first seven starts this year after being traded for Nick Foles, Bradford had a 76.4 passer rating, nine TDs, 10 interceptions.

    No ware to be heard are to haters here who said Bradford would be down after several games and he is a loser. It appears more and more the Eagles have found their franchise QB and Arians agrees.

  48. I don’t agree that passing on Arians hasn’t worked out for the Eagles, the fans love Chip this week!

  49. pantherfan1973299 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:30 PM
    I’ve always kind of liked the Cardinals, but geez as a Panthers fan I’m starting to feel like the redheaded stepchild. Florio on my hometown radio telling Panther fans we should be scared. Totally ignored on the weekly accolades. Carolina is 13-0 and just destroyed a division opponent 38-0, and will more than likely have home field advantage throughout the playoffs….yeah Florio, we are shaking in our boots. Not.

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    They’ve played teams that average .449. Most are below .500. They’ve only played two teams above .500. The first was Seahawks; decided by 4 points and the second was Packers; decided by 8 points. Of the 5 teams, currently in the playoffs (if the season ended today), they are .846, .692, .615, .615, .462 (average .646).

    Yes, you SHOULD be shaking in your boots. If I were a betting man in Vegas, I would not bet on them going to the Superbowl.

  50. armchairqb says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:52 PM

    Let’s reserve judgement until we see how the 2015 playoffs shake out. This is — what? — the second decent Cardinals team in the last 10 years?

    Slow your roll.

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    This is the third year in a row (all under Arians) that the Cards have won 10+ games. And they went to the SuperBowl in 2009, winning the division again the next year. That’s five good teams in the last 8 seasons. I guess math isn’t required to be an armchair QB

  51. joeflaccosunibrow says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:14 PM

    Of all those teams mentioned, who has a decent QB? Coincidence? No.

    Let’s see how smart someone like Belichek is when Brady retires.

    QB makes your coaching tenure in today’s NFL
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    Yes because everyone wanted Carson Palmer after sitting out a year.

  52. I like Arians and good for him. But it sounds like most people aren’t aware of Arians reputation and his not getting a job comes down to the risk adverse nature of the NFL. Arians was seen as a loose cannon who might do or say something inappropriate at any given time.

  53. thanks for reminding us or our only playoff appearance of the new browns circa 1999 was in 2002 with arians as the oc and butch davis and chud on stuff all offensive coaches ugh

  54. pike573 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 3:25 PM
    I like Arians and good for him. But it sounds like most people aren’t aware of Arians reputation and his not getting a job comes down to the risk adverse nature of the NFL. Arians was seen as a loose cannon who might do or say something inappropriate at any given time.

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    Not sure i’m buying it. If I were an owner and I knew Arians stood the best chance to make me a winner….I wouldn’t care if he told “yo mama so fat..” jokes at press conferences.

  55. I’m a Bears fan who would have loved to get Arians but honestly, I’m happy for him that he ended up in a much better situation. Everything happens for a reason.

  56. Hindsight is 20/20 and it’s easy to knock these owners for their poor decision making, but at the time when these owners spurned Arians, he wasn’t really seen as such a clear cut slam dunk.

    He was such a miserable failure as a HC at Temple that he didn’t sniff a HC job from the late 80s through the early 2010s. That’s nearly 30 plus years. Surely, some owners thought there must’ve been some reason Arians went that long without a HC job.

    It also seemed that he had retired once, so there were perhaps questions about how long he would stay on the job.

    He also had a reputation for ruffling feathers while at the same time demanding that Todd Bowles be his DC on whatever team hired him.

    It would also have been really easy for owners to think that the Colts team he led to the playoffs was really Pagano’s team, not his.

    He has done a great job in AZ and it has turned out really well for him, but with all of the above, plus a perceived lack of cred after so many years, it’s easy to see why owners might have wanted to steer clear of him.

    They were wrong, of course, but it’s not such a mystery why they wouldn’t bother with him.

  57. I think Arians would have done well in Cleveland. I agree with the assessment that his strong personality is tough for many GMs and owners. Had he been hired by Cleveland, he would have told Haslam, “take the homeless guy, his sign, and yourself and take a long walk off a short pier.” He would have quickly emasculated the weak-minded Farmer, and would have made much smarter draft choices. Cleveland might actually be a respectable team by now.

  58. What’s funny is that the only reason Arians is even the Card’s HC is because Andy Reid took the Chiefs job and not Arizona.

  59. Arians had experience with the Browns, and after the job he did in Indy, I was hoping he would land in Cleveland. However, true to his nature, Banner not only went on the cheap, he offended many of the coaches he interviewed. Nice work, Banner.

    Between passing on Arians, firing Chud after 1 year, and dooming us with Pettine and his high school buddies, Banner & Dumbardi left quite a legacy in Cleveland.

  60. As a Vikings fan, I’m thrilled Arians went to AZ. I have seen the Bears make mistake after mistake after mistake like this over the years. They still talk about on the radio! (I have the unfortunate luck of living in Chicago). Anyway, he is a classy guy and a great coach. We just played a close game with them and he showed nothing but professionalism throughout!

  61. This is all on Steve Keim. He didn’t go out and get into a bidding war with the flavor of the month coaching candidates that get fired two years later, he saw a stud that nobody else was looking at and snatched him up. Then, while half the teams are blowing high draft picks on bad QBs, Keim plucks Carson Palmer, when everyone else thought he was finished. And the icing on the cake is that this is the same Bidwell family that everyone used to think could never win. A good GM is worth their weight in gold.

  62. Also, it feels more than a little egomaniacal for Arians to bring this stuff up now. It’s a bit of a humblebrag given the circumstances, isnt’ it?

    He’s about to complete his third really good year as coach. He should just shut up and let his on field results do the talking. It’s what a *real* stand up guy would do.

    But hey, it’s all good, because, as his NFLN “Football Life” special shows, he’s a “tell it like it is,” straight-shooter kinda guy right?

    If his record wasn’t so good, people would think he was just another Rex Ryan: an overly image-conscious blowhard.

  63. Thanks Joe Banner. Somehow, I bet Joe would vehemently deny this blatant oversight.

    Joe wanted a Yes-man.

  64. Maybe the players on the field have as much or more to do with the success as the head coach? Bruce Arians is doing great now with the roster in Arizona. Would he have the same success as the roster in those other cities?

    Sean Peyton is a perfect example. He took a team to Superbowl and won and was considered one of the great coaches in the NFL. Now, they have no defense and the media is talking about him on the hot seat. Did he all of a sudden become a bad coach or maybe the personnel are not as good?

  65. slvrnblk72 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:06 PM
    are you kidding me? Pettine will easily finish in the top 32 for Coach of the Year


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    I guess if they are only counting NFL coaches. There are plenty of college coaches that are surely better.

  66. Bill Belichick wasn’t a failure in Cleveland. He won 11 games and a playoff game in his 3rd year then got the rug pulled out the following year by the team moving. He was unpopular with the fanbase for cutting Bernie Kosar in 1993, but everyone one of them would welcome him back with open arms if Haslam decided to shatter the salary structure in the NFL and offer him equity in the team and the role of acting owner, GM and Head Coach. He was fired the following February by the Baltimore Ravens essentially for PR purposes: Art Modell wanted to bridge the old Colts to the Ravens and hire Ted Marchibroda, a former Baltimore Colts coach who had recently gotten the Jim Harbaugh led Indianapolis Colts to the AFC title game. Belichick did not fail, Art Modell did by firing 2 once in a generation, first-ballot Hall of Fame coaches in his career as an NFL owner (the other one was Paul Brown).

  67. Good QB? Many of you here seem to be piggy backing in short sighted fashion if one another’s comments.

    Carson was the hand picked guy by Bruce, he was in Oakland still, coming off a year where his armstrength clearly was in doubt and many openly questioned BA and how Carson could possibly run his vertical based offense with such a weak arm.

    BA traded for him and when posed the question said simply “we’ll make it work”.

  68. And remember, the roster in AZ was in flames (58-0 at Seattle. .. team was completely inept, and Ray Horton even had a public spat with the FO after they decided to pass on him for the gig after Wisenhunt was canned), Fitz was supposed to be at the end (now looking spry playing the Hines Ward role in the offense from the slot).

    BA is the man make no mistake about it, n I t a fluke at all. He’s getting what he deserves after the way Pittsburgh did him.

  69. Easy answer. Arians didn’t want to interview until AFTER the playoffs were over so he was basically asking all these teams to hold off on choosing a head coach (after those teams interviewed every candidate they had but him) until he was ready.

    This was a regular thing with him which is why it took this long for him to get a head coaching job. Had the Cardinals not hired him he’d probably still be an offensive coordinator somewhere. Browns fans have been hearing this guy talk about how he wanted to be the Browns coach since about 2003.

  70. Say whatever you want about Bruce Arians but… His players love him, the fans love him and the team owner loves him.

    He gets the most out of his players and he takes chances to win games. Everyone that plays against him knows… He going to go deep often. Having 2 receivers that run a 4.2 40 was no accident.😆

    Moving Fitzgerald to the slot and putting Micheal Floyd outside was no accident. Having 2 running backs with great hands was no accident.

    Stealing Palmer from the Raiders for a 6th round draft choice was no accident. Giving Chris Johnson another chance was no accident.

    Building one of the top 5 defenses in the NFL in less than 3 years was no accident. Taking a chance on the Honey Badger was no accident.

    EVERYONE loves Bruce Arians because he is honest, trust worthy and he WINS games.😆😆😆👍

  71. How do you come to the conclusion:

    “All four teams that snubbed Arians would have been better off hiring him.”

    Do U have a crystal ball ?

    We saw what Arians can do with backup QB in playoffs vs Carolina last yr.
    Panthers had the best playoff defensive outing vs any team in history allowing Cards a whopping 75 yards total.

    Backup is essentially what kind of QB he would likely have gotten w all 4 teams.

  72. mark0226 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 4:46 PM
    Maybe the players on the field have as much or more to do with the success as the head coach? Bruce Arians is doing great now with the roster in Arizona. Would he have the same success as the roster in those other cities?
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    Keim and Arians remade this roster after they took over. I think fewer than 10 players are still around since before them.

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