Bruce Arians’ successful, five-season run as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals has come to a close, as the 65-year-old on Monday announced his retirement from coaching.
Arians will be hard to replace, given he led the team to a 48-31-1 record, including a wild-card playoff berth in 2014 and an NFC West division title in ’15. His offensive acumen and likeability as an older leader who could relate well to younger players are the two assets that will be missed most.
The Cardinals could go full circle here with the 50-year-old Haley, who served as their offensive coordinator from 2007-08. Haley helped lead an NFC championship offense with Kurt Warner then, and after his failed stint as head coach in Kansas City, he has built up his resume again with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Arians, before Cedric Ogbuehi Authentic Jersey he was hired by the Cardinals from the Colts, preceded Haley as Steelers offensive coordinator. Haley can’t be ruled out for a happy return.
Gruden also led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2002, beating the Raiders in the title game. Gruden was 95-81 in six seasons in Tampa Bay.
I don’t want to sit here and speculate. … There is no news to report, Gruden said Saturday. I can’t say I haven’t taken any phone calls. I take a lot every year from coaches, some others. … Yeah, sometimes owners. Guys want to bounce ideas off me. I’m here to help people.
There had been high hopes in Oakland after the team went 12-4 in 2016 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. That success led the owner Mark Davis giving Del Rio to a four-year contract extension earlier this year.
By late Sunday, after Del Rio’s ouster only further fueled the Gruden-to-Oakland rumors, reports of potential coaching staff members began.
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The New York Daily News reported that Gruden would be interested in Jets offensive coordinator John Morton if/when he gets the Oakland Raiders job.