After an 11-5 season with a litany of injuries to key players, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles are receiving another honor.
After being named PFWA coach and assistant coach of the year honors, the Sporting News also has named Arians Coach of the Year and Bowles Coordinator of the Year.
It was "a landslide" win for Arians. The award was voted on by NFL players, coaches and executives.
In trying to better last season's 10-win, non-playoff finish, Arians was running short on weapons before the Cardinals got out of training camp, and the list of players he lost literally never stopped growing until their wild-card elimination from the playoffs by the Panthers.
Bowles "comfortably" was the choice for Coordinator of the Year, being called "a wizard's apprentice" under Arians.
Bowles was so good as defensive coordinator for a Cardinals team that made the playoffs with critical players out of action every week, remaining a coordinator another year became completely unjustifiable. Ten days after the Cardinals' season ended in Carolina, Bowles was hired as head coach of the Jets.
Arians could possibly get league honors for being the league's top coach. That will be announced on January 31 at the NFL Honors Awards Show that will be held in Phoenix.