ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians reflects on his decision to retire

Jan 1, 2018, 1:22 PM | Updated: 1:24 pm
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians leaves the field after an NFL football game against the J...
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 27-24. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

After reports of Bruce Arians’ decision to step away from the game following the 2017 season, the Arizona Cardinals head coach made it official on Monday.

He is retiring.

In an emotional press conference at the Arizona Cardinals practice facility in Tempe, Arians informed the media of his decision to step away from the game after five seasons with the Cardinals and a near 40-year coaching career.

“It’s been a great ride,” Arians said with tears in his eyes. “The tears you see are tears of joy and piece. I’ll miss the players.”

Arians notched his 50th win as the Cardinals head coach after defeating Seattle on Sunday, the most for any Cardinals head coach in franchise history.

He informed Cardinals’ players of his decision following the win at Seattle, which was followed by a round of applause.

In an article Arians wrote to TheAthletic.com, he explained his decision and thought process behind it.

Something just changed for me this year—it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that was, hard to put into words—and I wasn’t enjoying the game as much as I had in the past. This wasn’t fair to my players, my coaches or the fans. So I informed Michael that this would be my final year of coaching. I wanted to immediately tell the media, but I needed to keep this information as quiet as possible. The last thing I wanted was for me to become a distraction for our players.

I had a heart-to-heart with my family about my future. We discussed it from every angle—returning to the Cardinals in 2018, retiring at the end of ’17 season, even the possibility of my wife moving to our “Forever Home” in Georgia for the ’18 season while I still in Arizona—but in the end I decided it was time to walk away from coaching. I need to be a husband, a dad, and a grandfather.

Arians admitted that his decision came down to his health and family.

Arians had a small section of his kidney removed in February after it was found to be cancerous. While cancer free now, Arians admitted that the stress of head coaching took a toll on his health and his family life.

Now, he said he looks forward to being able to spend time with his grandchildren all while becoming a voice for cancer research at his “forever home” in Georgia.

The Cardinals will now start their search for a new head coach, but despite his retirement, Arians said he will always remain involved in the community and with the fans that gave him support over the course of five seasons.

“In the years ahead, I’ll be involved with the fans and the game I love so much,” he said. “As I have always said:

“No risk it, no biscuit.”

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) participates during the team's NFL football practice, Wednesday...
Nikash Nath

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray among top 5 QBs in multiple PFF passing metrics

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's accuracy was on point in 2021, especially when looking at deep throws.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons #9 during the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals an...
Nikash Nath

PFF’s Renner: Cardinals’ Isaiah Simmons a breakout candidate in Year 3

Cardinals' inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons was named a potential year three breakout candidate by PFF's Michael Renner.
1 day ago
Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals in the huddle during the game against the Tennessee Tita...
Wills Rice

Former Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley thinks offense needs to find identity

"For (Kyler) the next step is just grabbing everyone around him, whether he just needs one play and everyone will look to him," Shipley said.
2 days ago
General Manager Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against the Baltimor...
Tyler Drake

Important NFL dates to remember and how they impact Arizona Cardinals

A look at the important league dates to circle on your calendar and how they relate to the Arizona Cardinals' roster decisions.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes notes as he watches players taking part in drill...
Tyler Drake

Looming questions for the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp

There are quite a few questions marks surrounding the Arizona Cardinals ahead of training camp this offseason.
2 days ago
(Twitter photo/New England Patriots)...
Wills Rice

New England Patriots bring back red uniforms in Back to the Future spoof

The New England Patriots announced the team is bringing back their old-school red uniform and helmet combo for the 2022 season.
3 days ago
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians reflects on his decision to retire