It has been a topic on everyone’s mind since the beginning of the season. As the season teetered back and forth, the rampant talk and speculation would heat up each and every week.
In October, local news report from ABC 15 came out saying Bruce Arians would not be back next season as the Arizona Cardinals head coach.
Sources tell @abc15 sports director @FouhyOnSports that Bruce Arians will not return as Cardinals coach next season: https://t.co/WJNALF5ZZD pic.twitter.com/vVWS7FsJ9T— ABC15 Sports (@abc15sports) October 24, 2017
Nothing has come of it, but plenty was made of it at that time, and Bruce Arians denied it and his son Jake Arians said as much:
Might want to check back with your source... https://t.co/kKOXhCSf7r— Jake Arians (@JakeBArians) October 24, 2017
This happens quite often, a reporter makes a report and then doesn’t have to really worry about the outcome, but if he/she is right, they get to be first.
That happened again on Tuesday:
Sources tell @PFWeekly the #Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians will agree to part ways after Sunday. @Hub_Arkush https://t.co/42ChKlPSfC— Pro Football Weekly (@PFWeekly) December 26, 2017
It of course picked up steam by a bigger reporter:
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
This is a problem not because if the Cardinals and Arians have made a decision, but moreso of, how would someone from outside of the organization know this already?
Then again, Arians and many others have refuted that report:
I’m told as of now Head Coach Bruce Arians is not stepping away from the Arizona Cardinals job after the season. #Cardinals— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) December 26, 2017
No one knows, but plenty of people have their report out there now, so someone is bound to be correct, right?