Cardinals head coach Arians retires
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement on Monday.
"I told the team last night, I was done ... and I'm retiring," Arians said, fighting back tears.
Arians reportedly informed his coaching staff in a meeting on Monday morning in a closed-door meeting followed by his press conference.
Arians coached his final game on Sunday when the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-24 to close the season.
The move creates another coaching vacancy in the NFL.
According to reports, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was one of the coaches the Cardinals requested permission to interview when Arians decision became known on Monday.
After Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field, the place Arians called "our home field" for his Cardinals winning a third straight game in Seattle, he jokingly told reporters, "Thanks y'all for coming to my house."
Arians declined to announce a decision about his future after the victory but was emotional when talking about the speculation of him stepping away at the end of the season.
"I'll think about it," Arians said with teary eyes during his postgame press conference. "I'm going to think about it. I'm not going to drag it out because it's not fair to people if I do decide."
The 65-year-old Arians is 49-30-1 in five seasons with the Cardinals, including guiding the team to 10-6, 11-5 and 13-3 in his first three seasons from 2013-2015. His Cardinals reached the NFC title game in 2015 but faded to 7-8-1 in an injury-plagued 2016 season.
The Cardinals finished this season 8-8 even though they were hit by key injuries again, including running back David Johnson and quarterback Carson Palmer.
Arians has battled various health issues in recent seasons and is a prostate cancer survivor.
"It's really hard to walk away from this," Arians said Sunday. "It wasn't hard to walk away four weeks ago when we were looking at what we were playing with. But to know we won three out of four, it's very hard to walk away from that."
Sunday's win gave Arians his 50th with the Cardinals, including the playoffs, making him the franchise's winningest coach.
"I cannot lie, it feels good," Arians said. "It feels very good."
--Field Level Media