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Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians retires

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has officially retired. He has been considering this since at least October when the news began to leak out.

The Cardinals won their last game with Arians as head coach on Sunday. They defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 26-24, at CenturyLink Field.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during the season finale in the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians during the season finale in the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (Getty Images)

Arizona won three of their last four games with Arians as a head coach. He said family is a big reason as to why he was retiring. He added that he will miss the game.

Arians was the Cardinals head coach from 2013 through 2017. He said he didn’t fully think he was going to retire until Phil Dawson made a 42-yard field goal with 2:21 left in Sunday’s game.

He was 49-30-1 as the Cardinals head coach. He was also 1-2 in the playoffs, as his best playoff appearance was 1-1 in 2015, before they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game.

The Cardinals finished with an 8-8 record this past season. They finished third-place in the NFC West.

This was their second straight season that they did not make the playoffs. It was the third overall season in five years that Arians did not guide the team to a playoff appearance.

The team went to the playoffs in 2014 and 2015 with the Cardinals.

Prior to accepting the Cardinals head coaching job, he served as the interim head coach in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts. He helped guide the Colts to an 11-5 record, including going 9-3, as Chuck Pagano was battling cancer.

For that effort, he was named the 2012 Coach of the Year. He also was named the 2014 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinals to an 11-5 record.

Arians is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion, being an assistant coach in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

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