The 2017 NFL season isn't even in the books but we have our second report of Bruce Arians not coming back in 2018.
However, unlike the report from ABC 15 early in the year that says Bruce Arians will retire, this report from Pro Football Weekly is saying that Arians and the Cardinals will agree to part ways at the end of the 2017 season, meaning Arians would be able to pursue new coaching opportunities if he so chose.
Bruce Arians, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year who is just less than two seasons removed from taking the Arizona Cardinals to the NFC title game, will agree to part ways with the Cardinals next week, multiple sources tell Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) December 26, 2017
Of course, the cast of characters who have covered the Arizona Cardinals for years jumped in:
There are reports that he’s staying and reports that he’s going. People I trust say they truly don’t know what BA will do— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 26, 2017
Hearing Bruce Arians hasn't told the Cardinals of his future plans, and the report that they parting ways is inaccurate. The Cardinals would like to have Arians back next year.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) December 26, 2017
There are multiple reports Fitzgerald won't be back next year. In fact, pick a year. Any year ... pic.twitter.com/e5uFXOIQTU— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 26, 2017
This is a pivotal off season for the Arizona Cardinals and if they go into it with a new coach, there is a very real chance they will go into it without Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald as well.
Meaning they could be turning the page on the most successful five year regular season run in team history.
We should have more clarity on the situation and Arians future soon.
Stay tuned to Revenge of the Birds for all the breaking news.